Back to Life After a Heart Crisis: A Doctor and His Wife Share Their 8 Step Cardiac Comeback Plan

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Penguin, Feb 4, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 320 pages
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A Wall Street Journal Top Pick of 2010

A well-known and internationally recognized surgical oncologist, Dr. Marc Wallack kept fit by training as an avid marathoner. He was the rock of his family, at the top of his career, and an expert on health who practiced what he preached-until he suffered angina symptoms while on a run in Central Park. Two days later, after discovering his arteries were 95 percent blocked, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery and later found himself unprepared for the emotional fallout of his recovery.

In Back to Life After a Heart Crisis, Dr. Wallack and his wife, journalist Jamie Colby, offer their moving personal story along with a one-of-a-kind, prescriptive guide for reclaiming your life after confronting the issues of mortality and vulnerability raised by a traumatic heart event-whether it be a heart attack or a surgical procedure. Brimming with inspiration and encouragement, this unique book shows readers how to regain emotional strength in tandem with healing physically by working through eight important milestones:

*Conquer the night

*Get outside

*Survive doctors' appointments

*Face physical and emotional pain

*Make love to your partner again

*Face your dinner plate

*Confront career issues

*Take on a huge physical challenge

With sidebars and tops for caregivers, Back to Life After a Heart Crisis helps patients and their loved ones heal hearts and minds and feel vibrant and full of life again.

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A Little About Me
What Youll Get out of This Book
The Doctor Becomes a Patient
Im Alive but Who Am I Really?
If Im Still Alive Why Do I Feel Dead?
Choose to Live
How to Pick a Hospital and Surgeon
Phase 2 Eating
Phase 3 Eating
What Not to Eat
The BacktoLife Diet
The EattoLive Grocery List
How to Read a Label
How to Eat Out
HeartHealthy Supplements

During the Days Leading Up to Surgery
The Stuff Only a Doctor Can Tell You
From Hospital to Home
Your Emotional Wounds
Your BacktoLife Plan
Fear of the Familiar
Talk to Your Cardiologist About the Best Sleep Medicine for You
Train for Better Sleep
Your Sleep Environment
When Fear Strikes in the Middle of the Night
How to Avoid Addiction
Face Emotional Pain
Pinpoint Your True Friends
Your First Time
How to Get Out
How to Get Stronger and Stronger
How to Navigate the Grocery Store
Getting Back to Yard Work
Get Behind the Wheel of the Car
Travel by Plane
The Doctor Becomes a Patient
Your First Checkup
Understand Your Disease
About Cardiac Rehabilitation
When to Find a New Doctor
The Odds of Dying During Sex
But Youre Still Scared
Get Past the Fear
Phase 1 Eating
Getting Your Mind in the HealthyEating Game
Before You Go Back
Your First Day
Do You Need a Career Change?
How to Improve Your Current Situation
When Its Time to Move On
Why We All Need a Challenge
How to Do Cardio
How to Strength Train
How to Stretch
Create a Training Plan
Follow Your Plan
Measure and Reassess
Role Play
And Life Went On
Phase 1 Recipes
Phase 2 Recipes
Phase 3 Recipes
Report Cards
Quality Check
Support Groups and Support Resources
Charity Events
Training Plans for Swimming Challenges
Chapter 5
Chapter 7
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

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Marc Wallack, MD, is a celebrated surgical oncologist with more than 20 years of experience. An affiliate of the Metropolitan Hospital Center and a faculty member of New York Medical College, he received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine. He is the author of Back to Life After a Heart Crisis, which details his recovery from quadruple bypass surgery.

Jamie Colby is a Fox News correspondent who has served as the host of Strange Inheritance since 2015. She holds a BS degree in accounting from the University of Miami and a JD degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Since joining the Fox News Channel in 2003 she has covered a number of major news stories, including those of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and the trials of George Zimmerman, Casey Anthony, and Jodi Arias. Prior to joining Fox, Colby served as a correspondent for CNN and CBS News. She has received a number of awards, such as the Edward R. Murrow National Award, the Gracie Allen Award, and the Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications.

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