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Heart to Start: The Eight-Week Exercise Prescription to Live Longer, Beat Heart Disease, and Run Your Best Race Paperback – January 13, 2015
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"Although I have coached athletes to Olympic gold medals, I'm using Heart to Start as my training guide to help my own father get in shape and live a healthier life."
ALBERTO SALAZAR, Three-time New York City Marathon winner, cardiac arrest survivor
"Heart to Start is a must read. Cardiologist Jamie Beckerman leverages his wealth of personal and professional experience to develop a tangible and obtainable platform for health and lon- gevity. For the patient grappling with heart disease or the care provider looking to better serve his or her patients, Heart to Start passionately demystifies the 'exercise health halo' and reminds us that we were all born to move, both in sickness and in health."
AARON BAGGISH, M.D., Cardiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Co-Medical Director, Boston Marathon
"Dr. Beckerman's book is vital to those looking to get their heart in shape. Not only does he show you that it's within your power to prevent America's #1 killer, but he also provides step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate moving more into your life."
MICHAEL SMITH, M.D., Chief Medical Editor, WebMD
"Physicians, get out your prescription pads and prescribe this book to every one of your heart patients. This encouraging, common sense and easy-to-read book deserves to be in the hands of all freshly-diagnosed heart patients and those who love them."
CAROLYN THOMAS, Heart attack survivor and patient advocate, myheartsisters.org
"Dr Beckerman brings a fitness plan for life straight from his heart. Heart to Start is an easy-to-follow guide to a heartfelt and fitness-filled life."
DAVE WATT, Executive Director, American Medical Athletic Association and American Running Association
JOHN MANDROLA, M.D., Cardiologist and bicycle racer, drjohnm.org
About the Author
James Beckerman, M.D., F.A.C.C is a cardiologist and medical director of the Center for Prevention and Wellness at the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute in Portland, Oregon. He directs the cardiac rehabilitation program at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and is the founder and medical director of Play Smart Youth Heart Screenings. Dr. Beckerman graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and earned his doctorate from Harvard Medical School. He completed his medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He formerly chaired the Oregon Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is the team cardiologist for the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer team. He serves on the clinical advisory boards of WebMD Health Services and Fitness Magazine. For information about speaking engagements or bulk purchases, email email@example.com or find Dr. Beckerman on Twitter at @jamesbeckerman or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/drjamesbeckerman.
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From the first page to the last, he seems to be standing with you (and I literally mean standing-- see chapter 2!) as a guide, a coach, a physician, and a person who simply wants to share proven, practical approaches to improving health. He keeps the messages clear-- why certain activities make a difference and how to actually do them. And heart disease or not, everyone could benefit from the recommendations in this book. So yes, I expect I'll be recommending this book to many of my patients because, frankly, in my 15 minute office visits I don't have time to cover everything I'd like. But this recommendation will go not only to my patients, but to my parents and many friends as well. And as for me, I can say this: I wrote this review standing up. It's a Start.
I have been lucky to be a Heart to Start participant from the beginning but in this book you will get the same kind, compassionate, and realistic coaching from Dr. Beckerman' book that I have received in person. Also, he makes no false promises and provides many citations to research to bolster any claims that he makes.
Check with your doctor first to make certain that you are safe to exercise and if you are, this book can provide the guidance that you need to get off the couch and become more active.
I read this book looking for ways to encourage others struggling with a heart-healthy life but it turns out Dr. Beckerman's emphasis on the personal journey to a healthier, more fulfilling life can speak to us all no matter what our fitness level. The book universalizes the experience of pushing ourselves forward whether we are patients, supporters, athletes, or all of the above! Thank you, Dr. Beckerman, for your time and your compassion!