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"Brave, wise, unblinking, Living Well with Heart Failure is more than a book. For heart patients, it's the perfect friend. Calm, clear, deeply knowledgeable and helpful and reassuring... It may be the best single source on smart living with a bad heart that anyone can buy." -- Dudley Clendinen, Author of A Place Called Canterbury

"A must-read for anyone who's been diagnosed with the condition or who will contribute to the care of someone with it. Throughout, the book takes a calm, careful and responsible approach to explaining what's happening to your body in heart failure, and what you can do to live better with it... I'll be sure to recommend it to a family member with heart failure." -- Ivan Oransky, MD, Executive Editor, Reuters Health

"Patients will learn a lot about this common and important disease. But so will doctors. Every non-cardiologist should spend an hour or two with Living Well with Heart Failure." -- David Brown, MD, Staff Writer, The Washington Post

"Remarkably comprehensive, well organized and understandable. Could only be produced by a great physician-expert and his patient (who by chance) is a great professional medical journalist." -- Myron L. Weisfeldt, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

"I highly recommend this outstandingly smart book; it will change the way you think about the heart and about your own health. In Living Well with Heart Failure, authors renowned heart specialist Dr. Edward Kasper and award-winning medical journalist Mary Knudson, have created an exceptionally helpful and incredibly readable way to explore the ways the heart fails and the ways we can help manage - and even heal - an injured organ. The result is an engaging and important exploration of human health, valuable not only to those suffering from heart failure but all the rest of us who want to preserve and protect vitality and well being." -- Deborah Blum, Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Poisoner's Handbook

"If you have heart failure, read this book!... These two experts have teamed up to write a guide for people with heart failure that is understandable, thoughtful, and complete. Kasper and Knudson lead you from symptoms to testing to treatments-all in a style that is clear and precise. Living Well with Heart Failure is the perfect introduction to heart failure." -- Charles Lowenstein, M.D., Chief of Cardiology at Universty of Rochester Medical Center

"With about 6 million Americans living with heart failure today, I can see this book serving as a guide and as a resource for many patients and their families for years." -- Gary Schwitzer, Publisher, HealthNewsReview.org

"A bad ticker doesn't mean a bad life. Living Well with Heart Failure, the Misnamed, Misunderstood Condition is a complete and comprehensive guide to heart failure." -- Midwest Book Review

"Fascinating information in a straightforward, friendly, smart voice ... a great resource for patients with heart failure and people who love them." --Robin Marantz Henig, Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine and author of Pandora's Baby























About the Author

Edward K. Kasper, M.D., is the Director of Clinical Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and E. Cowles Andrus Professor in Cardiology.  He directed the Heart Failure and Transplant Service at Hopkins from 1993 to 2003 and before that was Chief of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America and has co-authored more than 80 articles, co-authored or edited 3 books and written numerous book chapters on heart failure and heart transplantation. He is the co-author of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
Mary Knudson is a national award-winning health journalist and editor who writes HeartSense, a blog about heart failure.  She was diagnosed with heart failure in 2003 and recovered. She was a longtime medical reporter for The Sun in Baltimore and spent a year at Harvard as a journalism fellow in Advanced Studies in Public Health.  She is co-editor of A Field Guide for Science Writers and teaches health and medical writing at Johns Hopkins University.  
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (May 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801894239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801894237
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blum on June 3, 2010
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Before I read this book, I'd always thought that "heart failure" meant a rapidly fatal condition. Not only did I learn how wrong I was but I came away with a whole new appreciation for how well medicine can deal with heart failure, admiration for those who've learned to live with it, and some of the best information I've read anywhere about how to care for this amazing and vital organ. The authors, renowned heart specialist Dr. Edward Kasper and award-winning medical journalist Mary Knudson, have created an exceptionally helpful guide for people who've been diagnosed with heart failure - but also for those of who just want some reminders of why we want to take care of our hearts and how to do it best. And thanks to Knudson's clear and compelling writing, the book is a stand out among other such guides. Highly recommended.
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It helped me understand what was happening within my heart and how to react to symptoms. It is much better to be informed.
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i sent this book to my mother who has CHF she said the book arrived in perfect condition and it has helped her a lot with understanding the disease, and with what she can eat/not eat, and what she can do to help herself.
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Someone I know and care about wound up with what is called heart failure.
I suspect that the problem was the product of botched surgery that happened
two years prior. His doctors have been surprising silent about his situation other
than to recommend a sharply restricted diet.
This book offers the support and help lacking in his very real situation.
For all the press generated about advances in medicine, I contend that
doctors are operating in a near barbaric state.
There is hope for people with heart disease. You just have to seek it out.
I recommend this book as a step in the right direction.
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A bad ticker doesn't mean a bad life. "Living Well with Heart Failure: The Misnamed, Misunderstood Condition" is a complete and comprehensive guide to heart failure, which Edward K. Kasper & Mary Knudson guide readers through for a fuller and more complete understanding of the matter. Causes, diagnosis, treatments, and how to live well with it, "Living Well with Heart Failure" executes its purpose well. Highly recommended.
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Outstanding. Our 43 year old son was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and this book brought the whole extended family up to speed so we could understand what we were up against and do the things that will make the best possible outcome possible. We bought four copies and distributed them around the family.
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This as an excellent book. Covers most aspects that any patient or family member wishes to know about this condition. It is well written and logically presented. It provides not only information and advice, but above all it focus on living and thus give hope.Living Well with Heart Failure, the Misnamed, Misunderstood Condition
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