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A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life: The HEART Program for Health and Longevity

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About the Author

Mellanie is a heart survivor who had a brush with death in emergency heart surgery. As the author of A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life: The HEART Program for Health & Longevity, she now provides a message of inspiration, hope, and encouragement that causes women to say, "You saved my life."

As The Health & Productivity Revitalizer®, she works with individuals and organizations to create health and productivity, and executives say, "She creates business results."

Mellanie was also an Internet pioneer at J.C. Penney Company, Inc., over a decade ago, where she led the creation of one of the early corporate web sites, as well as an intranet and supplier extranet. At Dell Inc., she was the executive in charge of creating and executing Dell’s intranet vision and strategy. At Cisco Systems, Inc., she was an e-Business Strategy Thought Leader in Cisco’s Global High-Tech Internet Business Solutions Practice, where she served as a Trusted Advisor to top executives of some of Cisco’s largest high tech customers.

As a renowned Internet visionary, she is the author of two intranet and groupware best-sellers, Intranet Business Strategies and Intranet as Groupware, published by John Wiley & Sons, and wrote for numerous business and technology publications. She addressed audiences of hundreds and thousands at some of the earliest Internet events, in locations as diverse as Montreal, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, and New Delhi.

In addition to being a wife and mother, Mellanie is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association for Williamson County and speaks and does media appearance on their behalf to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. She is also Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Leadership Texas Alumnae Association, and a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), Women in Technology International (WITI), and Mended Hearts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Healthy Ideas Press (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976600803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976600800
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,070,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 25, 2005
Many women are surprised to find that heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer. Another surprise is the fact that each year heart disease kills more women than men. When Mellanie True Hills had a close call with a coronary artery 95% blocked and nearing a heart attack she decided to do something about her situation. How she saved her life and changed the heart disease scenario is what this book is about.

The author provides extensive educational material on risk factors and what to do about them. She also includes an excellent section on heart attack and stroke symptoms and how the symptoms of a man and of a woman may be quite different as well as how it is diagnosed and why it is often harder to diagnose in women than men.

After discussing how she was able to change her health she provides a how-to guide on developing your own plan to stave off or recover from heart disease. The book ends with an appendix containing multiple forms you can use to help develop your plan.

This is an excellent resource full of information covering the complete spectrum of heart disease. While it is written for women and has a lot of information specific to women, the method of developing a plan that you can use to ward off heart disease is useful for everyone. As such, A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life is a recommended read for everyone.
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The price tag is hefty for a standard-sized 8.5x11 paperback workbook, but any concerned about women's health and heart disease must take a look. It identifies the different risk factors and symptoms involved in women's heart health, packs in tips on how to lose weight (tested tips: the author lost 85 pounds with these secrets), and reveals how to get the tests and treatments unique to the female body. Charts and case histories appear in boxed, easily-noted pages of detail which succeed in breaking up test and enhancing visuals. A 'must' for any woman concerned about heart health.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

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For 20 years now, heart disease has killed more women each year than men. Statistically, 40 percent of women will have a cardiovascular problem in her lifetime, and heart disease kills more women than every type of cancer combined. Women have different heart symptoms than men, and yet most of us, including physicians, do not know this.

"It's shocking!" is the first sentence of Mellanie True Hills' A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life. Hills learned the hard way, undergoing a heart attack and a stroke very close together. As she had none of the obvious risk factors (she was young, didn't smoke, had low cholesterol and blood pressure, and was not diabetic), she thought she was safe. What she was, however, was overweight and overstressed, and that in itself is enough.

It also didn't help that it was hard to recognize her heart attack symptoms - shortness of breath, fatigue, mild nausea and heartburn, and a bit of left shoulder and jaw pain. The acronym to remember here is LIFE: Left side pain in shoulder, neck, or jaw, Indigestion, nausea, Fatigue often accompanied by sleeplessness, and Exertion that seems more severe than normal. As it turns out, most women do not experience the crushing chest pains that most male heart attack victims experience. Women have subtle symptoms, but the same deadly outcome.

The HEART plan has five components: Healthy Eating, Exercise Daily, Attitude Toward Stress, Rest, Relaxation, and Rejuvenation, and Take Proactive Control of Your Health. Hills presents checklists, quizzes, and easy to follow and understand programs to help women move forward in all five areas.

Hills' book is very clear, easy to follow, and to the point.
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A Woman's Guide To Saving Her Own Life by Mellanie True Hills is one EVERY woman must read and take "to heart." It is Mellanie's story of nearly dying of heart disease. Few women realize that in the United States one woman dies every minute of heart disease, 10 times as many as die of breast cancer and 5 times as many as from all cancers! Heart disease and stroke are responsible for 40% of women's deaths, even young women and those who don't smoke and are without history of high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Heart disease kills more women than men, and yet we don't hear about it. This book details the warning signs and has excellent instructions for changing our lifestyles to prevent heart disease. This is a MUST for all women and men who love them
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Forty percent of women die of heart disease and stroke--more than ten times the number of women who die from breast cancer--according to Mellanie True Hills in her book, A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life: The HEART Program for Health and Longevity. These and other little-known facts about the causes and effects of heart disease in women make this guide a must-read for women of all ages.

A heart survivor herself, Hills tells her own story and uses an informal woman-to-woman style to educate women about heart health. Her book offers easy-to-follow advice on nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, and identifying the symptoms of heart disease in women. The guide also includes a step-by-step workbook for building a customized plan for heart disease prevention.

Mellanie True Hills is the Founder and CEO of the American Foundation for Women's Health. She provides lifestyle coaching and speaks extensively to spread awareness of heart disease and prevention.

Armchair Interviews says: Life-saving information every woman should know.
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