Heart Health Answers at your Fingertips

Fourth
£19.99
Class Publishing
9781859591574
348

Heart disease can brutally interrupt our happiness and enjoyment of life; coronary heart disease remains the single most common cause of premature death in the UK. In Heart Health, expert cardiologist Dr Graham Jackson takes the reader on a voyage of discovery and explanation in his clearly written and good-humoured text, which explains what heart disease is all about.

This book includes advice on healthy living, giving up smoking, HRT, sex & relationships and much more. This book is all about you and your heart: how to keep your heart healthy, or - if it has been affected by heart disease in some way - how to make it as strong as possible.

The joy of this book is that it is not a medical textbook but a book giving information about the practical problems of heart disease and its prevention or treatment. It is easy reading, dip in and out, with a format of questions and answers - questions we all want to ask followed by well thought out answers. Highly recommended.

Introduction

-How to use this book

-Questions for your doctor or practice nurse

1. How your heart works

Anatomy of the heart

How your heart works

What can go wrong with my heart?

2. Coronary artery disease

Risks of smoking

Risks of high blood pressure

Risks of high cholesterol levels

Other risk factors for coronary heart disease

Women and coronary heart disease

3. Angina

Symptoms

Tests

Treatment

Other treatments for angina

4. Heart attacks

Symptoms

Heart attack - the event

Recovery period

Emotional problems after a heart attack

Treatment

Helping yourself

5. Heart Failure

Causes

Symptoms

Tests

Treatment

6. Palpitations

Types of palpitations

Self-help

Tests

Treatment

Atrial fibrillation

Other abnormal heartbeats

Blackouts

7. Valve disease

Causes

Symptoms

Tests

Treatment

Infection

8. Sex and the heart

Questions you may find difficult to ask your doctor

9. Diet

Food types and eating healthily

Losing weight

10. Exercise

Why bother?

How much?

Safety

Choosing your exercise

Glossary

Appendix 1: Practising what I preach

Appendix 2: Useful addresses and websites

Appendix 3: Useful publications

Appendix 4: Guideline desirable weight in adults

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