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Heart myths
Charash, Bruce D.
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[New York] : Viking, 1991.
Physical Description:
ix, 244 pages ; 24 cm
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RC681 .C387 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A popular treatment of heart disease risk factors by a professor of medicine at Cornell U. Medical Center. Simple and lively reading. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Booklist Review

There are many books out there with much the same information on the heart. This one stakes out its territory by addressing faulty ideas about heart disease and offering some of the most up-to-date information available. A bit of controversy, too, as Charash takes the offensive on cholesterol, condemning the government's urging that everyone older than two adopt a low-cholesterol diet. Too much of heart health is a matter of variations among individuals, he claims, for such across-the-board recommendations to be credible. He also debunks the American infatuation with bypass surgery, the notion that medications and surgery are the best ways to deal with heart problems, and the popular conception that salt in the diet is harmful to everyone. His strengths lie in clear language and highly visual explanations. Further, Charash doesn't pad the book with the charts, menus, and recipes that fill so many other heart health books. Notes. ~--Mary Ellen Sullivan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Cardiovascular disease is far from the automatically dire, black-and-white matter that popular (and professional) wisdom sometimes proclaims it to be. In fact, as Charash points out, few illnesses impose an automatic death sentence, and no diet absolutely assures a healthy heart. ``Risk factors''--smoking, obesity, hypertension--certainly increase the chance of illness, but many people ``at risk'' won't get sick, he argues, and some who adopt all the right preventive measures will nevertheless die of heart attacks. `` There are no guarantees, only choices ,'' Charash asserts (author's emphasis). His sobering and eye-opening book puts high-profile topics like cholesterol, aspirin and ``type A'' personalities in proper perspective, suggesting who really needs to worry about salt, stress and palpitations and who only needs to take reasonable precautions to stay well. Readers will be pleasantly surprised by the author's good news of how few people actually benefit from certain heavily hyped diets and treatments; anyone with heart or blood pressure problems can profitably use Charash's advice to help decide whether various risky drugs and procedures are worth undertaking. The author is an associate professor of medicine at Cornell University Medical College. 35,000 first printing; author tour. (Jan . ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved