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Product Details

  • Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159102451X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591024514
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A comprehensive, accessible guide to your internal metronome. Study hard, there might be a test."

Mehmet Oz, MD,
Author of You: On a Diet and You: The Owner's Manual


"This remarkable book - this Owner's Guide - is so user-friendly that it reads like a fascinating conversation between ourselves and two of our nation's most experienced and eminent cardiac specialists. Not only will it be of immense value to everyone with an interest in heart disease, but it serves also as a model of clarity to help physicans learn how to answer their patients' questions in completely lucid and authoritative terms."

Sherwin B. Nuland, MD
Clinical Professor of Surgery, Yale University
Author of How We Die and The Art of Aging

About the Author

John A. Elefteriades, MD (New Haven, CT), is chief of cardiothoracic surgery and professor of surgery at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital. He is currently the president of the International College of Angiology and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Cardiac Surgery, and Cardiology. The winner of the prestigious "Socrates Award" for the teaching of cardiac surgery, he is the author, with Lawrence S. Cohen, MD, of House Officer Guide to ICU Care.

Lawrence S. Cohen, MD (New Haven, CT), is the Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is on the editorial board of Clinical Cardiology, Heart, and the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Davey on January 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Your Heart: An Owner's Guide" provides invaluable information for any patient walking out of a doctor's office with heart issues. It is written in a concise and understandable question and answer format by two top heart specialists, a cardiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Yale School of Medicine. And, it is not necessary to read the entire book - only those areas that apply to you.

For example, the book explains how patients should prepare for elective heart surgery, those without anginal pain. "Most important is that you keep active. We do not want you to arrive deconditioned and debilitated. The body deteriorates very quickly with inactivity. If you remain sedentary in the days or weeks leading up to your surgery, you will find yourself with weaker bones, muscles, and lungs. This weakness will be exacerbated by the changes around the time of your operation. Your recovery will be prolonged and your health will be in jeopardy. So, keep active. In most cases, keep going to work, shopping, driving, walking, even exercising."

More-or-less a "professional" patient, and a grateful one, I have been a heart patient of cardiologist Lawrence Cohen, MD for over 35 years. I was born in 1947 with congenital heart defects, had corrective surgery in 1964, back surgeries in the 1990s, a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) removed in 2005 and heart surgery again in 2006.

Whether you or a family member has a heart murmur, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, or is in need of surgery, "Your Heart: An Owner's Guide" is not only educational, but empowering and takes away some of the fear associated with heart disease. Your cardiologist might determine that you have to make a lifestyle change in order to improve your cardiovascular health.
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A professor of surgery and a professor of medicine team up to provide lay readers with a user-friendly guide to heart health, offering the latest on hypertension, high cholesterol, various heart conditions and diseases, and more. Finally here is a guide which takes into account all kinds of influences on heart disease, its progression, and its treatment - and translates the latest research into terms easy for non-medical readers to understand, making this the perfect pick for public lending collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb...in AZ on March 27, 2013
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I bought this when facing valve replacement surgery and found its explanations helpful to me and my husband. Like most books on heart issues, there is much more focus on coronary artery problems. People I recommended it to later also found it useful.

There is now a newer edition, which I haven't looked at--but probably will for the next valve surgery.
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a freind got a triple bypass and was caught by surprise due to lack of knowledge. This book answered every question and was still up to date on everything. I had reviewed other books and they were not as informative and included alot of useless information. This book got to the point in an easy to read writing.
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Good info re surgery, quasi-surgery, monitoring devices, drugs, CPR, anatomy of the heart & its related vessels, etc, but if your looking for info on to keep a healthy heart instead of being a candidate for treatment, this is completely useless. That's fine, many other books cover the positive effects of nutrition, exercise, sunlight, emotions, & sleep on heart health, but it strikes me as strange that a book titled _The Heart: An Owner's Guide_ doesn't consider -any- of those topics to appropriate to include.
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