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Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease Paperback – February 1, 2011
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“This is an important book. Dr. Brill has managed to combine an enormous body of scientific literature [that] establishes the profound links between heart health and nutrition with a highly practical, motivational, and user-friendly approach. If every American followed the principles found in this book, we could substantially reduce the burden of heart disease in our country.”
—James M. Rippe, MD, cardiologist, founder and director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute
“Dr. Brill provides an engaging and informative book for patients and providers alike. This exceptional book provides easy-to-read information on nutrition and heart disease, practical approaches to heart healthy living, and tools to help patients successfully reduce heart-disease risk. I will recommend this book most highly to all my patients.”
—JoAnne M. Foody, M.D., FACC, FAHA, medical director of Cardiovascular Wellness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
“For the thirteen million Americans who have survived a heart attack or are diagnosed with heart disease, this book is a MUST read! In [a] thorough, thoughtful, evidence-based, user-friendly approach, Dr. Brill presents the eight key foods and lifestyle changes needed to CONQUER heart disease. This book provides the roadmap to successfully navigating the way to a long healthy life after a heart attack.”
—Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., FACC, FAHA, cardiologist, coauthor of Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas
“A superb resource for health professionals and consumers! Dr. Brill covers it all! I will recommend her book wholeheartedly to my patients who want science-based guidelines to keep their hearts healthy naturally with nutritious foods and exercise.”
—Georgia Kostas, MPH, RD, LD, author of The Cooper Clinic Solution to the Diet Revolution
Top Customer Reviews
This is a well researched and written book with generally mainstream conclusions regarding secondary dietary prevention of heart disease based on current research. Her book will provide sound practical advice and hope to individuals with newly diagnosed coronary artery disease and their families. Readers would be well advised however, to supplement this book with resources from other sources such as the American Heart Association regarding other risk factors and lifestyle interventions not emphasized in this book.
Ms. Brill, as a registered dietician, focuses primarily on diet. Most authorities have adopted the basic principles she advocates such as a Mediterranean diet, exercise, and moderate alcohol intake. Furthermore, she makes a good effort to summarize complex biochemical principles and epidemiological research into an accessible format for lay readers.
Readers should be cautioned, however, that such conclusions are largely based on non-experimental, epidemiological research. Such research can only show a statistical association; it cannot prove causation and, thus, conclusions based on it are likely to change over time (as it has in the past) as the scientific database grows. I was concerned that she repeatedly makes claims of causation based on such epidemiological data.
My other major concern is that her recommended diet is relatively high in fat. If one were to follow her advice literally regarding liberal consumption of olive oil and nuts in the quantities she recommends, these two items alone amount to nearly 500 calories per day. It would be difficult to do this and not gain weight over time, which would obviously have an unintended and adverse effect on one's lipid (cholesterol) profile.
If you have to have a heart attack, my board certified cardiologist told me, the kind I had was the best. I had no chest pains, but I was sweating much more than usual and I was experiencing nausea to a horrific degree.
With the stents, proper medication and exercise -- and the right diet -- I'm feeling great now.
My diet before the June 19, 2010 heart incident (I hesitate to call it an "attack") wasn't bad and I'm a non-smoker, so only a few modifications were necessary. I don't eat much red meat; I love veggies and fruit and use soy milk in my oatmeal and other whole grain cereal, rather than cow's milk, which my wife loves. I can't stand eggs or chicken (the result of growing up on a Michigan farm where we raised chickens for their meat and their eggs). I do love cheese, but I try to eat it sparingly and an occasional (very occasional) French bread pizza in the microwave is just what I need with my glass or two of red wine in the evening. I like an occasional bite of chocolate, which Brill recommends, in moderation. Plus I love nuts, including the walnuts that Brill says are great for heart health, as is the oatmeal that I regularly consumed.
Instead of the cheat-sheet on diet and exercise, which I already followed, a copy of Janet Bond Brill's "Prevent A Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease" (Three Rivers Press, 336 pages, $15.00) would have been most welcome.Read more ›
There is so much good and current information in the book that I am on my third reading. A goodie I missed that first two times: Among 23,000 Greeks studied prospectively for an average of 8.5 years the dietary items most associated with longevity were in order: 1) moderate red wine intake, 2) low consumption of meat, 3) high consumption of vegetables, 4) high consumption of fruits and nuts, 5) high consumption of olive oil and 6) high consumption of legumes. I woud never have guessed that moderate red wine intake would be the most highly predictive factor for longevity.
She makes a good case for including fish in your diet.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every person 50 years old or older must read this book. It will give you
a longer and healthier life.
Most everything I needed to know in the few months after my heart attack. I had to wonder though if she got paid by the wine industry.Published 15 months ago by Kmen Park
an excellant sourse of informationor those with heart problems who want to eat healthierPublished 22 months ago by Cheri Carr Murphy
Excellent. Well written and researched. Great advice for those who have suffered a first heart attack and even for those who haven't but need advice on preventative approaches.Published 22 months ago by india1
easy reading on a serious health matter, very interesting and easy to follow. I would recommend this book without having has a heart attack, as a prevention measure.Published on January 3, 2014 by Mac
Husband had open heart surgery and this was a good follow up to encourage recovery. Good receipes too. Thank you.Published on August 26, 2013 by grace mc nally
After my heart attack, I started reading everything I could get my hands on about how to use diet to improve my prognosis/reverse my cardiovascular disease: Ornish, Fuhrman,... Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Blue Jade
I found this book very helpful. I first got it out of the library and decided I wanted one of my own so I could refer to it. It is not too extreme which I found it other books. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by the reader K