Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After It Starts

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Workman Publishing, Dec 7, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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The heart beats more than 2,500,000,000 times over the average life—and, despite great strides in medicine, prevention is still the best way to keep your heart running strong. If you want to help your heart—and especially if you already have a cardiac diagnosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart disease—Best Practices for a Healthy Heart is your complete guide to cardio care. For more than twenty years, award-winning, board-certified cardiologist Dr. Sarah Samaan has treated thousands of patients and tirelessly kept pace with the latest research—and now, she condenses her best advice into 7 easy steps on how to:

• Take charge of your “numbers”—your weight, cholesterol, heart rate, and blood pressure
• Make heart-smart choices about food, exercise, and stress
• Work with your doctor to design the right treatment for you
• Tell which supplements and alternative therapies really help
• Avoid vices that will harm your heart—and much more!

Put these best practices in action today, and you will decrease your risk of disease and dependence on medication, experience a wealth of positive “side effects” (from a smaller waistline to a happier outlook!), and soon be seven steps nearer to optimal heart health.

 

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Contents

STEP 1 TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR NUMBERS
1
STEP 2 EAT WELL TO LIVE BETTER
43
STEP 3 LEARN HOW TO TAKE A BREAK WITHOUT CHECKING OUT
137
STEP 4 GET A MOVE ON
161
STEP 5 USE YOUR COMMON SENSE
173
STEP 6 KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
201
STEP 7 BE HIP TO YOUR HORMONES
317
Power Up Your Life
344
Appendix
346
Glossary
351
References
354
Acknowledgments
356
Index
357
About the Author
368
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Sarah Samaan, MD, FACC, a Vanderbilt University Medical School graduate, is a board-certified cardiologist with additional board certifications in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Samaan practices cardiology full-time, caring for patients with a wide range of cardiovascular conditions. For the past six years, Texas Monthly magazine has named Dr. Samaan a “Texas Super Doctor.” She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and was listed as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by Consumers’ Research Council of America. In 2005, she was profiled in Medicine Men, a book celebrating notable Texas physicians.
Dr. Samaan practices cardiology at Legacy Heart Center in Plano, Texas, and at the Baylor Heart Hospital, where she is codirector of the Women’s Cardiovascular Institute.

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