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Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies



Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies

James M. Rippe

ISBN: 978-1-118-94423-3 January 2015 360 Pages


The safe and trusted way to prevent and reverse heart disease

Written in plain English and packed with tons of authoritative advice, Preventing & Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies includes the most up-to-date information on coronary heart disease and its treatment. This resource covers new ways to diagnose and treat both short- and long-term complications of heart disease, the latest medications, updated diet and exercise plans, the lowdown on recognizing the risk factors and warning signs of a heart attack, determining if you have heart disease, distinguishing between angina, heart attack, and stroke, and much more.

It is projected that by the year 2020, heart disease will be the leading cause of death throughout the world. As the magnitude of cardiovascular diseases continue to accelerate globally, the pressing need for increased awareness and a stronger, more focused national and international response has become more important than ever. Preventing & Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies tackles this vital subject with compassion and authority, outlining the steps you can take to help ensure you don't become just another statistic.

  • Helps you find the right doctor and handle a managed care plan
  • Covers all thirteen types of heart disease and discusses the key differences that may determine their progression and treatment
  • Illustrates how simple changes in diet may be enough to prevent heart disease
  • Shows how you can reverse some of the effects of heart disease through exercise

If you're suffering from or are at risk of heart disease—or love someone who is—Preventing & Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies empowers you to take control of heart health and get on a path to a longer, healthier life.

Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease  5

Chapter 1: Taking Charge of Your Heart Health  7

Chapter 2: Understanding the Onset and Outcomes of Heart Disease  15

Chapter 3: Are You at Risk of Heart Disease? How to Turn That Risk Around  39

Part II: Taking Basic Steps to Heart Health  51

Chapter 4: Forming a Partnership with Your Doctor for the Best Heart Care  53

Chapter 5: Embracing a Healthy Diet and Active Lifestyle  65

Chapter 6: Tapping the Power of the Mind/Body Connection  89

Chapter 7: Taking a Family Approach to Preventing Heart Disease  101

Part III: Tackling Key Health Risks for Heart Disease  111

Chapter 8: Combating High Blood Pressure  113

Chapter 9: Managing Bad (and Good) Cholesterol  129

Chapter 10: Managing Your Weight to Lower Your Risk  143

Chapter 11: Quitting Smoking  157

Part IV: Treating Heart Disease  169

Chapter 12: Modern Medical Arsenal: Rx Weapons for Heart Disease  171

Chapter 13: The 411 on Invasive and Surgical Procedures  189

Chapter 14: Exploring Complementary Therapies  201

Chapter 15: Taking Back Your Life after a Heart Event  213

Part V: Heart-Healthy Recipes  225

Chapter 16: Heart-Healthy Breakfasts  227

Chapter 17: Heart-Healthy Lunches  243

Chapter 18: Heart-Healthy Dinners  263

Chapter 19: Snacks, Starters, and Desserts  287

Part VI: The Part of Tens  299

Chapter 20: Ten Differences in Heart Disease between Women and Men 301

Chapter 21: Ten Cardiac Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore  307

Chapter 22: Ten Heart Tests to Consider or Avoid  311

Chapter 23: Ten Tips for Involving Your Family in a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle  317

Appendix: Metric Conversion Guide  323

Index  325