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The women's heart book : the complete guide to keeping your heart healthy
Pashkow, Fredric J., 1945-
Personal Author:
Completely revised and updated.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [2001]

Physical Description:
xix, 364 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Prev. ed. published with title: The woman's heart book.
Format :


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RC682 .P353 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC682 .P353 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In this revised edition of the originally published, highly successful guide to womens heart health, an internationally renowned cardiologist, Dr. Pashkow, and a survivor of open heart surgery, Charlotte Libov, cover every aspect of heart care, heart surgery, and the prevention of heart disease. Drawing from their combined experience, the authors offer information on calculating the risk for heart disease; detecting congenital defects; what a pregnant woman needs to know; and state-of-the art treatments, surgery, and drug therapies. In addition, the book features an effective diet and exercise life-plan.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Frederic J. Pashkow, M.D., and Charlotte Libov, New York Times contributor and open-heart surgery survivor, joined forces to write The Women's Heart Book: The Complete Guide to Keeping Your Heart Healthy. Debunking the notion that women are at low risk for heart disease, the authors appear to have left no stone unturned in their comprehensive research. They discuss, for instance, the interactions between hormone replacement therapies and the heart at great length, as well as preventative measures, treatments, the various kinds of heart problems and what constitutes risk. They give concrete advice about when to see a doctor; how to choose a primary care-giver, a surgeon and a hospital; and how to facilitate recuperation from surgery. Any middle-aged woman stands to benefit from this confidence-inspiring book. Illustrations. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Pashkow (Clinical Cardiac Rehabilitation), formerly of the Cleveland Clinic, and journalist Libov (Beat Your Risk Factors) have updated their 1994 volume (which has a slightly different subtitle) with this excellent offering. They represent current research with information about risk factors, the diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks, other cardiac conditions, and the specific concerns of women. The advice on when to see a doctor, which questions to ask, and how to evaluate the hospital's and physician's credentials are outstanding. "Mindsaving" and "Lifesaving" tips highlight the essentials for good physical and emotional health, and the book examines traditional drug, surgical, and alternative therapies. Pregnancy, hormone replacement therapies, gender bias, and even the "zipper" scar resulting from open-heart surgery are discussed, as are the financial aspects of insurance and healthcare. Similar in scope to Marianne Legato's The Female Heart (LJ 9/1/91), this book is less didactic, with more tips on obtaining quality medical care. Empathetic in tone and realistic in advice, this should be essential for all consumer health collections.DJanet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans' Hosp., Tampa, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.