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Optimize Your Heart: A practical guide to lowering your risk of a heart attack or stroke Paperback – October 21, 2020

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"This book gives the reader a balanced, right-to-the-point summary of the best practices for a healthy heart, a healthy brain, and a healthy life." - Omar Kass-Hout, MD, MPH Medical Director of Stroke and interventional Neurology UNC REX Hospital

"Andy Beal is able to take an important, complex topic and distill it down to practical, simple advice that anyone can follow!" - George L. Adams, MD, MHS, FACC, Associate Professor, Cardiology, UNC School of Medicine

"Mr. Beal's stroke recovery is a remarkable story! Now he is fully committed to his health and spreading the word that stroke is a treatable disease." - L. Fernando Gonzalez, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Duke University School of Medicine

"This thought-provoking reflection of Andy's personal experience coupled with practical ways to reduce cardiovascular risk will inspire readers to make lasting and positive changes."
 - Brooke Livingston, DO

From the Author

There are hundreds of articles, websites, and books that provide a wealth of information about cardiovascular disease. Even a visit to your primary care physician will be all you need to learn that a bad diet, lack of exercise, or unhealthy habits can contribute to the narrowing of your arteries, higher blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, or cardiac arrest. What's hard to find is a simple, practical guide that sets aside the biology lectures, forgoes unfeasible dietary restrictions, and doesn't insist that you blast every muscle of your body until you are sore, head-to-toe. This is where Optimize Your Heart fills the void. 

As you read through Optimize Your Heart, you will see a book that is laid out in three separate parts, each designed to guide you through your journey to better heart health. 

Part One: Cardiac Prehabilitation - Five chapters that are designed to help identify your risk factors, understand why your medical care provider is an important ally, techniques for building healthy habits, and advice for growing your support network. 

Part Two: Your Wellness Comes First - If you made just one improvement to your heart health, then focusing on your wellness is a good place to start. You'll learn the foundation of heart-healthy nutrition, why sleep is so important, techniques for reducing stress, and ideas for kicking the bad habits that are sabotaging your cardiovascular system. 

Part Three: Exercise Your Cardiac Muscle - Your heart is a muscle that needs exercise. Just about any kind of exercise can be beneficial, but in these chapters, you will be guided to the best physical activity for you, how to set up a training plan you look forward to consistently following, and workout tips that I wish someone had shared with me when I first started. 

You are unique. So is your heart. And so, too, is your blueprint for improving your heart health. Optimize Your Heart is not a replacement for the advice you receive from your doctor, it's a starting point. 

Whether you're 34, 44, 54, or 64 years of age, Optimize Your Heart is a practical guide to help you reduce your cardiovascular disease risks, eliminate unhealthy habits, improve your nutrition, become more physically active, and optimize your heart health before a stroke or heart attack can strike.

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  • Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
  • Paperback : 155 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 979-8676594626
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.39 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Independently published (October 21, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B08LNC27PK
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