"Heart Disease For Dummies" is for anyone who has been diagnosed with a form of cardiovascular disease, knows someone who has, or who wants to learn more about staying heart healthy and preventing the disease. Leading cardiologist Dr. James Rippe delivers the scoop on the many different forms of heart disease (including angina, heart attacks, arrhythmias, strokes, heart failure, and other cardiac conditions) as well as the latest research, diagnostic techniques, treatment procedures, and medications. You'll discover how to: Recognize the risk factors and warning signs of a heart attackDetermine if you h ave heart diseaseDistinguish between angina, heart attack, and strokeMaximize your cardiac functionFind a good doctor and handle a managed care planReverse heart disease through diet, lifestyle changes, and medications
Like the millions of others living with heart disease, you want to take an active part in managing your health and feeling better fast. This easy-to-follow guide explains how heart disease affects the body and shows you the steps you can take--along with your doctor--to improve your quality of life. With the expert advice, simple diagrams, and valuable tips in this book, you'll: Keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight under controlUnderstand the common drug and medical treatments available for treating heart diseaseDraw on the mind/body connection to reduce stressInterpret the risk factors you can control (physical inactivity, hypertension, tobacco use) and the ones you can't (heredity, age, gender)Form a true partnership with your doctorExplore cardiac rehabilitation programsDecide if alternative therapies are right for youFeaturing heart-healthy recipes and a list of resources to help smokers quit the habit, "Heart Disease For Dummies" is an indispensable resource for living well with this manageable condition.