Prevent, Halt and Reverse Heart Disease 109 Things You Can Do

ISBN-10: 0761160736
ISBN-13: 9780761160731
Edition: 2011 (Revised)
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/13/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Learning how to prevent, manage and reverse coronary heart disease has been central to Joe Piscatella's life ever since he went through coronary bypass surgery at the age of 32 (making him, perhaps, the longest surviving bypass patient in the world). In this front-to-back revision of Take a Load Off Your Heart, Joe's recommendations for cardiac health, based on his more than 30 years of experience, and Professor Barry Franklin's medical expertise result in an accessible manual that blends practical step-by-step advice with the most up-to-date scientific information on heart disease risk factors, tests, treatments and medications, cardio exercise, diet, nutrition, and more. The book is divided into three easy-to-use sections:Cardiac Markers (what's your risk?); Life Skills (the 109 practical tips for a healthy life); and Cardiac Basics(understanding basic tests and treatment). The revision also includes a new appendix of memorable cardiology quotes:"The whiter the bread, the sooner you're dead." -Zonya Poco, R.D.

Author Joseph C. Piscatella has been a keen observer of American eating habits since 1977, when emergency open-heart surgery at the age of 32 forced him to recognize the intimate connection between dietary habits and overall health. His successful recovery and determination to make adjustment in his own lifestyle and diet inspired a new career as an active proponent of healthy lifestyle changes. As president of the Institute for Fitness and Health, Inc. in Tacoma, Washington, he lectures extensively to a variety of clients, including medical organizations, corporations and professional associations, and is a consultant on major wellness projects for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Cited in Time for their practicality and effectiveness, his seminars deal with the management of lifestyle habits to increase health, longevity and productivity. Mr. Piscatella is the only non-medical member of the National Institute of Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Expert Panel, which develops clinical practice guidelines for physicians. He is also a member of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion, the American Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and the National Wellness Association.

Before We Start
Introduction
Assess Your Risk
10 Critical Cardiac Markers
Cholesterol and Other Lipids
Coronary Inflammation
Blood Clotting
Weight
Blood Pressure
Diabetes
Metabolic Syndrome
Aerobic Capacity
Smoking
Personality
Your Cardiac Marker Profile
Time for Action
Lower Your Cholesterol Numbers
Reduce Your LDL Level
Increase Your HDL Level
Bring Down Your Triglycerides
Manage Your CRP Level
Lower Your PLAC Level
Control Your Fibrinogen Level
Keep Your Weight Down
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Deal with Diabetes
Be Smart About Metabolic Syndrome
Give Up Smoking
Cope with Stress
Manage Daily Stress
Making Sense of Stress
What Is Stress?
The Stress of Life
A Changing View
How Stress Works Against Your Heart
Time for Action
Take Time Out to Relax
Reserve Judgment
Focus on Concerns, Not Worries
Expect the Unexpected
Keep a Journal
Practice Positive Self-Talk
Clarify Your Goals and Values
Tranquilize with Exercise
Breathe Deeply
Get Enough Sleep
Develop Resiliency
Meditate
Listen to Your Spiritual Side
Visualize Life as You Want It
Take Up Tai Chi
Practice PMR
Release Stress Now!
Laugh
Practice Yoga
Be Assertive
Take a Vacation
Stretch
Volunteer
Get a Massage
Don't Be a Stranger
Be Realistic
Get a Pet
Control Your Anger and Hostility
Turn Off the TV
Make Exercise a Habit
The Exercise Advantage
The Benefits of Exercise
A Balanced Exercise Program
It's Never Too Late
Time for Action
Don't Wait till Wednesday
Take the Mirror Test
Just Do It!
Get an OK from Your Doctor
Start Slow and Steady
Have Fun
Work Toward a Goal
Take Time to Stretch
Join a Group
Make a Contract
Keep an Exercise Journal
Don't Be a Fool for Frauds
Walk Briskly
Take One Step and Then Ten Thousand
Run When You Could Have Walked
Be a Road Warrior
Banish Negativity
Drink Up
Spring for a Lesson
Make Exercise a Family Affair
Take a Seat
Plan a Fitness Vacation
Lift Those Weights!
Use Your Groceries
Disguise Your Exercise
Buy Shoes That Fit
Don't Neglect Your Arms
Feel the Beat
Switch Gears to Boost Metabolism
Visit the Mall
Mix It Up
Make Machines Work for You
Balance Your Diet
Know What You Eat
A Dietary Snapshot
What Makes a Heart-Healthy Diet?
The Truth About
Time for Action
Give Up Dieting
Decide to Lose Fat, Not Pounds
Keep a Food Journal
Develop a Hydration Plan
Make a Daily Fat Budget
Now Keep to Your Budget!
Get Your Calories Early in the Day
Be Cautious About Dietary Cholesterol
Rough Up Your Diet
Put More Fish in Your Diet
Don't Drown Your Fish in Fat
Become Label-Literate
Go Lean
Watch Out for Ground Beef
Add Soy to Your Diet
Get an Oil Change
Be Picky About Poultry
Don't Pass the Salt
Make Your Mustache Fat-Free
Get Your B's
Move the Cheese
Hide the Sugar Bowl
Drink Tea
Get Your Antioxidants from Food
Know Your Margarines
Have a Drink...If You Drink
Rewrite Your Favorite Recipes
Eat Your Beans
Easy on the Mayo
Be Smart About Snacks
Dress Salads Lightly
Figure Out Fast Food
Don't Go Menu-Mad
Limit Caffeine
Brush and Floss Your Teeth
Epilogue
Prescriptions, Procedures and Programs
Drug Therapy
Aspirin Therapy
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
Hormone Therapy
ACE Inhibitors
Beta-Blockers
Combination Drug Therapy
Testing for Coronary Heart Disease
Basic Tests
Intermediate Tests
Advanced Testing
Newer Diagnostic/Screening Tests
Revascularization Treatments for Coronary Heart Disease
Balloon Angioplasty
Bypass Surgery
Emerging Interventional Techniques
Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
Rehabilitation Basics
Issues Regarding Rehabilitation Effectiveness and Utilization
Appendix: Sources, Credits and Websites
Index
About the Authors

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