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Taking on heart disease : Peggy Fleming, Brian Littrell, Mike Ditka, Walter Cronkite, Joyce Carol Oates, Eddie Griffin, Mike Wallace, Kate Jackson, Ed Bradley, Tommy Lasorda, Pat Buchanan, Victoria Gotti, Regis Philbin, and others...reveal how they triumphed over the nation's #1 killer and how you can, too
King, Larry, 1933-
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Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, [2004]

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xv, 287 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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More than 60 million people in the United States currently suffer from some form of heart disease. And even though the risk for the disease can be drastically reduced through changes in lifestyle and diet, the number of people with heart disease continues to grow. In an effort to reverse this deadly trend, Larry King has joined some of America's favorite celebrities from the worlds of sports, politics, journalism, music, and entertainment to reveal their highly personal stories of struggling with--and overcoming--heart disease. From the early warning signs, to the diagnosis, to the process of recovery and renewal, each celebrity reveals how he or she became a heart disease survivor.

Told in their own words, these candid accounts by some of America's most beloved celebrities offer inspiration, hope, and practical wisdom for anyone whose life has been touched by heart disease. This wise book also includes the latest advice from the celebrities' doctors--who are among the best in the world--on the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

Author Notes

Larry King is the author of Powerful Prayers (Renaissance Books, 1998) and Future Talk (HarperCollins, 1998). He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Booklist Review

The well-known host of CNN's Larrying Live0 , a phone-in talk show, suffered a heart attack a few years ago, and now he and a gathering of invited celebrities share their personal brushes with heart disease. These sobering accounts are arranged into four groupings--"Early Warning Signs and Risk Factors," "The Diagnosis," "Short-Term Recovery," and "Surviving and Thriving"--and each testimony corresponds with the heading under which it is placed. The stories come from a range of people in the public eye, including Olympic gold-medal skater Peggy Fleming, reporter Mike Wallace, actressateackson, commentator/political candidate Pat Buchanan, coach/commentator Mike Ditka, and writeroyce Carol Oates. The true tales will be read because of the celebrity names attached to them, but they should0 be read by everyone for the information they impart on the necessity of maintaining one's health, the inspiration they provide for overcoming adversity, and the way they remind people, without being gloomy or cloying, about the need for emphasizing the specialness of each day. --Brad Hooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Since King underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1987, he has worked hard to convey the message that people can fight heart disease if they are willing to change their lifestyle. That's the lesson from this collection of stories from more than a dozen celebrities in the entertainment, sports and political world. Readers will enjoy learning how Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peggy Fleming, Regis Philbin, Walter Cronkite, Joyce Carol Oates and others have waged their own battles with heart disease. Their candid contributions, segmented into such sections as Early Warning Signs, The Diagnosis, and Surviving and Thriving, reveal their rarely seen human sides. One common factor that bonds them all together is the wake-up call that heart disease has played in their lives. For example, after former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda had a heart attack, he decided to "face facts" and retire from his beloved post. "I said, `Uh-uh. I want to live and see my granddaughter graduate from college.... All great things have to come to an end.' " In addition to the firsthand accounts, there are contributions from the celebrities' physicians (who are among the top cardiologists in the country), in which they spell out, in layman's terms, the medical implications of each celebrity's heart condition. The stories will provide advice, comfort and hope to readers facing their own heart problems. King deserves credit for being a catalyst in encouraging the public to come to terms with heart disease. 22 b&w photos not seen by PW. (May) Forecast: King's book could be a popular Father's Day gift. Rodale will promote it in Prevention and Men's Health, and King will do a 20-city TV satellite and drive-time radio tour. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Like many Americans, talk-show host King believed that heart problems only happened to other people-until his heart attack in 1987. Here, he intersperses his journey through heart disease treatment, progress, and rehabilitation with the experiences of other famous people (e.g., Peggy Fleming, Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Kate Jackson, Tommy Lasorda, and Victoria Gotti), who found that fame and fortune did not protect them from the country's leading killer. These firsthand accounts-along with the comments by physicians-result in an eminently readable text that covers a variety of heart conditions and highlights key points. The narratives also impart basic information about heart disease, available treatments, and the physical and emotional strain that comes from dealing with acute and chronic disease. While many books take the form of either a personal narrative or a guide, this volume combines both formats in an absorbing read; those who suffer from such heart conditions as tachycardia will be able to relate to the celebrities' stories. Strongly recommended for all consumer health collections.-Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans' Hosp., Tampa (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

O. Wayne Isom, M.D.
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Part I Early Warning Signs and Risk Factorsp. 1
Time Is Musclep. 8
Factoring In the Risksp. 19
Fast Facts: Women and Heart Diseasep. 22
Living with a Pacemakerp. 32
"It Can't Be Heart Disease...I'm a Woman!"p. 40
Different Symptoms, but the Same Diseasep. 48
Heart Attack Symptomsp. 54
Angioplasty 101p. 63
Part II The Diagnosisp. 67
Blood Donations and Cell Salvagep. 84
Four Things to Know About "The Tube"p. 94
"9-1-1? I think I'm having a heart attack ..."p. 105
Putting the Music on Holdp. 114
When Your Child Has Heart Problemsp. 118
Investigating the Power of Prayerp. 126
Pregnancy and Heart Diseasep. 134
Living with a Defibrillatorp. 145
AEDs: When Seconds Countp. 147
Part III Short-Term Recoveryp. 163
The Laughter Lifelinep. 176
Promoting Heart Health from the Sidelinesp. 188
Cardiac Rehabilitation Classesp. 196
Five Questions to Ask Your Cardiologistp. 206
Part IV Surviving and Thrivingp. 209
Living Life with Tachycardiap. 232
On the Trail of a Deadly Diet Drugp. 242
A Revolutionary Test for Detecting Heart Diseasep. 248
Angiogenesis: The Body's Natural "Bypass"p. 260
Depression and Recoveryp. 274
Photo Creditsp. 276
Indexp. 277