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Surviving with Heart: Taking Charge of Your Heart Care [Paperback]

By Darrell Trout (Author), Ellen Welch (Joint Author) & Neil R. Bercow (Foreword by)
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Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in our country. In fact, over 41% of people accounted for in our annual death rate die of heart disease. And, more than ever, it threatens both sexes fairly equally. These statistics are daunting to anyone who reads them, yet until we face the disease -- either in ourselves or our loved ones -- this simply afflicts others. It's someone else's problem.Darrell was in his late forties when he had his triple bypass operation. Ellen's father was in his early seventies when he had a quadruple bypass. Suddenly, two people who had never given a thought to heart disease prevention began the work of becoming heart experts. For Darrell, that meant managing his treatment plan, recognizing the body's warning signals, adopting a healthier diet, exercising regularly, and more. For Ellen, that meant being a caretaker to her father in the early days, then moving into the role of caregiver with him -- the latter a role in which she used her newfound knowledge to help her father take charge of his recovery. It also meant preserving her own physical and emotional health during the challenging times ahead.Surviving with Heart provides detailed and current information on heart disease. It also empowers readers to adopt a survivor's attitude through motivating personal stories of loss and recovery. In a reader-friendly style, the book helps people make choices that improve their odds of long-term survival.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Fulcrum Publishing
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.87" Width: 6.99" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 7, 2002
Publisher   Fulcrum Publishing
ISBN  155591201X  
ISBN13  9781555912017  
UPC  757739020105  

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A Life Saving Good Read  Feb 15, 2003
Surviving with Heart: Taking Charge of Your Heart Care is a very readable book chock full of information written by Darrell Trout, a survivor of heart disease and Ellen Welch, caretaker to her father following his quadruple bypass surgery. Grounded in the realities of Healthcare in the 21st Century with all the technological advances and the practical realities of the healthcare delivery system (e.g., the shortage of nurses and ancillary staff) this is a must read for all healthcare consumers and their families. Well researched and delivered, this book provides up to date and understandable information about the latest technology, procedures, and their empirically based value. Specific tips are given regarding how to choose your healthcare provider and how to prepare yourself for each medical encounter. It is a call to action for patients and their families to be involved participants in healthcare, to not do so could be deadly. This is a serious book that balances realism, empowerment, optimism and a good measure of humor.

Basics of anatomy and physiology are given in an interesting way, along with numerous facts related to health and wellness. Quotes from literary and historical sources, along with numerous personal stories by the authors and other survivors and caretakers, bring the hard facts home. As a family and health psychologist and a nurse practitioner, I was pleased to see the integration of the psychological and family aspects of cardiac health. Seligman's work on the importance of optimism is cited, along with very good guidelines related to family members taking care of themselves and the myriad of emotions that are likely to get triggered along the way. This is a user-friendly book that can be read cover to cover or as a reference book, depending upon the readiness and current need of the reader. Both survivor's and caretakers are likely to resonate with Surviving with Heart in terms of being understood and that others have walked their journey.

Very practical suggestions are provided related to sex, exercise, nutrition, stress management and shifting to a heart healthy lifestyle. Since heart disease often presents differently in women, a section is devoted to this area. I have recommended this book to psychology, nursing, and physician colleagues as well as to clients and friends. For healthcare providers who enjoy partnering with their patients in their care, this is a book well worth recommending.

An invaluable guide  Feb 10, 2003
Surviving With Heart provides detailed information on heart disease, which kills men and women daily. From determining risk factors and identifying initial symptoms to working with a medical team and managing treatment options, Surviving With Heart provides quite a bit of depth and information and includes caregiver concerns and advice along with tips for patients. An invaluable guide.
Good review of Surviving with Heart  Jan 19, 2003
I found this book to a very understandable and informative read for both the medical professionals and lay prople .As a registered nurse I would recommend that this book be available in the Cardiologists offices as a reference for both the patient and their caregivers to read .
Surviving with Heart  Jan 17, 2003
I found the book to be user friendly. The authors explain medical terminology very well and give you devices for remembering what you've absorbed. It's comprehensive but one can take a few pages at a time to see the whole picture eventually. You can also go directly to any chapter that interests you the most and it will be clear even without reading the preceding chapters first.
Surviving with Heart  Jan 9, 2003
I found the book to be very user friendly. The authors explain medical terminology very well and give you devices for remembering what you've absorbed. It's comprehensive but one can take a few pages at a time to see the whole picture eventually. You can also go directly to any chapter that interests you the most, and it will be clear eventually
without reading the preceding chapters first.

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