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Diagnosis--heart disease : answers to your questions about recovery and lasting health
Farquhar, John W., 1927-
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First edition.
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New York : Norton, [2001]

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xii, 164 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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A handbook of information on heart disease and cardiac health explains how the human body works; the various tests, treatments, and medications used for heart disease; the recovery process; and the behaviors that can promote health or heart disease.

Author Notes

John W. Farquhar, M.D., a cardiologist, is a professor of medicine at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Wellness Center in Palo Alto, California. He has chaired many international and national congresses on heart disease and has been a pioneer in disease prevention, founding the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention
Gene A. Spiller, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Sphera Foundation and the Health Research and Studies Center in Los Altos, California, and has been the key investigator in many elinical studies. He is the editor of many scientific books and the author of many popular books on health

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Men and women who have heart disease may look to the more basic Diagnosis: Heart Disease by John W. Farquhar, M.D., and Gene A. Spiller, Ph.D., as a helpful supplement to their treatment. The guide decodes doctor-speak and provides accessible information about the heart's functionality, and thus will help patients arm themselves with appropriate questions for their care-givers. The authors suggest specific activities to aid recovery, and lifestyle changes to maintain health afterward. They include some information particular to women, addressing the possible effects of menopause on the heart. Illustrations. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Using a question-and-answer format, this slim volume seeks to explain the causes and courses of heart disease, describe tests and treatments, and offer advice on lifestyle changes to prevent and reverse heart disease. It does so accurately, concisely, and in very simple language. However, with so many other excellent titles already available on this topic, does this one add anything new or provide the same information in a better format? In either case, the answer for this reviewer is "no." The illustrations are sparse, and the explanations of drugs and exercise plans, among other topics, are all very cursory. The Q&A format is at times odd. Most readers would be better served by existing titles, such as Peter O. Kwiterovich's The Johns Hopkins Complete Guide to Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease (Prima Pub., 1993), Bernard J. Gersh's The Mayo Clinic Heart Book (LJ 4/1/00), or any of the American Heart Association's titles (Guide to Heart Attack Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention, Times Bks., 1998; Your Heart: An Owner's Manual, Pocket, 1996; Living Well, Staying Well: The Ultimate Guide to Help Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer, Times Bks., 1999). Not recommended.ÄEris Weaver, MLIS, Redwood Health Lib., Petaluma, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Part I The Ailing Heart
Chapter 1 How the Heart Worksp. 3
Chapter 2 The Many Faces of Heart Diseasep. 9
Chapter 3 Risk and Protective Factors for Heart Diseasep. 19
Chapter 4 Diagnostic Testsp. 39
Chapter 5 Medications for Heart Diseasep. 44
Chapter 6 Major Heart Interventions, from Bypass to Angioplastyp. 56
Chapter 7 Recovery after a Heart Attackp. 62
Part II The Healthy Heart Lifestyle
Chapter 8 Lifestyle Change: Smokingp. 71
Chapter 9 Lifestyle Change: Stressp. 85
Chapter 10 Lifestyle Change: Exercisep. 101
Chapter 11 Lifestyle Change: Dietp. 116
Epiloguep. 139
A. Glossaryp. 145
B. Suggested Readingp. 149
C. Sample Medication Listp. 153
Indexp. 155