A definitive guide to the latest tactics for avoiding heart disease and a heart attack -- from a trusted physician and bestselling author
Dr. Bob Arnot offers cutting-edge advice on a subject at the forefront of the nation's health consciousness: heart health.
When Dr. Arnot's father -- himself a distinguished doctor -- died of a massive heart attack a year ago, it came as a horrible shock. A heart attack can happen to anyone, but upon further investigation, Dr. Arnot came to the realization that his father's death might have been preventable. The tragedy inspired Dr. Arnot to write this book, exploring all the very latest advances in medical science, many of which have occurred in the last year, and developing steps that can help people avoid his father's fate. Dr. Bob discusses how to:
·Know the warning signs.
·Determine your risk.
·Get the right diagnosis.
·Get the right medications.
·Get the right procedures.
Based on extensive discussions with renowned experts in the field of cardiology (who are quoted extensively), Seven Steps to Stop a Heart Attack covers all the risks, symptoms, procedures, and medications in prose that is clear, concise, and easy to follow. For a country in which half a million people die each year from heart attacks, this is a work of profound importancefor the general public and physicians alike.
Not only is heart disease the number one cause of death in America, it's also a problem that can frequently be prevented. Tragically, however, one of its first symptoms is often sudden, unexpected death from a heart attack. In his ninth book (after The Breast Health Cookbook; The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan; etc.), Arnot aims to give readers the tools to ensure they're not among the patients who "fall through the cracks." He outlines his seven steps in straightforward chapters on detecting warning signs, determining risk, taking medication and more. Incorporating the sometimes contradictory opinions of various medical experts, he puts the responsibility of making an informed decision into readers' hands, explaining that physicians may miss telltale signs and hospitals may not be ready to deal with a particular problem (some, for example, aren't equipped for life-saving balloon therapy, so it pays to research local health care options before a crisis arises). There's no universal plan to treat heart disease, Arnot stresses, but he urges readers to become educated regarding their options and aggressive in the lifestyle changes that could save their lives.