Heart Fitness for Life: The Essential Guide for Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease

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Oxford University Press, Feb 25, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 322 pages
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In this groundbreaking volume, Dr. Mary McGowan draws on her years of clinical experience in working with real patients to create a proven, livable program for preventing and reversing cardiac disease. Heart Fitness for Life offers a comprehensive and down-to-earth life plan that includes:
* A 20 percent fat diet--which gets results because it is strict enough to make a difference but lenient enough for real people to stick with it
* A selection of delicious and easy low-fat recipes developed by a professional chef--including pizzas, pasta, and desserts
* A detailed investigation into the genetic basis of high blood cholesterol--and what to do about it
* A non-judgmental and supportive approach to cholesterol and blood pressure medications that explains when taking medication is appropriate and even necessary
* An energizing section on making exercise an exciting and fulfilling part of one's life, developed in tandem with an exercise physiologist
* A concrete plan for giving up smoking--that really works!
* An analysis of the connection between stress and heart disease, with tested stress-reduction techniques developed by a psychiatrist
And, at the core of Heart Fitness for Life are the stories of nine patients, ordinary men and women, who took on the challenge of fighting heart disease with Dr. McGowan's program--and who have won extraordinary victories.
 

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Contents

at Risk for Developing Heart Disease?
10
High Cholesterol and Early Heart DiseaseIt May
26
Using Diet To Increase Your Odds THE CASE OF JACK
77
Basic Stretches
106
A Tough Task with Great Rewards
120
Estrogen Replacement Therapy
144
Reducing Stress in Your Life
160
Diabetes Stress and the Heart THE CASE OF BILL
178
The Crucial Role of Medications
200
HANS
227
Appendix
287
Index
307
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About the author (1999)


Mary McGowan, M.D., trained in internal medicine at the niversity of Massachusetts Medical Center and in cholesterol metabolism at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is the Director of the Cholesterol Management Center at the New England Heart Institute in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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