- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Open Heart Publishing; 1 edition (June 13, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977606309
- ISBN-13: 978-0977606306
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Open Heart Companion: Preparation and Guidance for Open-Heart Surgery Recovery Paperback – June 13, 2006
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Like the author, I am a valve surgery survivor/thriver, and like the author I am a wellness coach as well. I found great personal value in the book and continuously recommend it to all the coaching students I train, and all the medical institutions and organizations I consult with.
Michael Arloski, Ph.D., PCC, author of Wellness Coaching For Lasting Lifestyle Change
> Set up a journal in which you can report your progress.
> Prepare a calendar to deep track of follow-up appointments.
> Line up sources of psychological and spiritual support.
> Find the best doctor to advise you during the years ahead.
If you find this example to be helpful, then maybe you should buy the book. Otherwise, save your money.
BTW: I am 78 years old. I underwent a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement operation three weeks ago. I was walking after one day. One week after surgery I was walking one mile a day and two weeks later, three miles a day. If you are considering cardiac surgery, the most important thing to do is to get a good surgeon. Check out his/her credentials and performance history on the web. Once you decide, the surgeon and his/her team will provide you with all the guidance that you will need.
We bought this book after my husband's first open-heart surgery. Two years later he had a second operation to replace his valve and reading this book helped us prepare ourselves for the second surgery.
This book also talks about rehab and what to expect.
I highly recommend this book.
I bought the book for him because it was written by a woman who had the same type of surgery as my dad. She is not a doctor and I thought that would help him relate to the book and her story maybe a bit more than a book written by a doctor who would have knowledge and wisdom, but no real firsthand experience. I'm really glad I got it for him. There are such great little nuggets of wisdom here. It really helped him to see that his situation was very, very normal, and that there could actually be light at the end of the tunnel!
I would highly recommend this little book for anyone preparing for or recovering from open heart surgery. Read it all the way through, take the information she has to give to heart, give yourself time to heal properly and know that you aren't alone in your suffering. This book will give you things to think about and will help you understand that what you're going through is par for the course.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Glad I only paid a penny plus shipping for the book because its not realistic. I've had open heart surgery and I'm about to go thru it for a second time and I found the book... Read morePublished 8 days ago by DAVID WERT
This is filled with good information. After reading it, I was better prepared to ask questions while going through my tests and procedures to verify the need for open heart... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sharon M. Hosmer
This book help affirm that my plan is on the right path. Once I get home my hard work will start. My PMA is real good during the day. Not so good at night. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patricia Randall
A good book for those who need support channels during recovery. If you have time to prepare for the surgery and understand recovery will require several weeks of downtime then... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pamela S.
Not very informative, it did almost nothing to prepare me for me my surgery.Published 9 months ago by Howard Levy
I'm preparing for this surgery so this was a great read to get an glimpse of what I'm in for.Published 13 months ago by Glenda R.