This authoritative guide on common conditions affecting the heart and circulatory system provides essential knowledge and lifesaving tips to help both healthy persons as well as heart patients improve their cardiovascular health. Based on the combined experience of two experts who have played leading roles in defining the field of heart health, this is a completely revised and up-to-date volume in the bestselling Living Heart series. For over four decades, the authors have set the standard in these books for reliable information on heart disease and cardiovascular health.
Organized in an approachable, easy-to-understand format, the engaging text covers the latest guidelines on reducing cardiovascular risk. The authors clearly explain the scientific rationale for these guidelines and advise patients on how they can translate the information to their own lives. They also explain how doctors detect, diagnose, and treat coronary heart disease if it does occur, so that patients can take charge of their own healthcare and communicate more effectively with their medical providers.
In addition, the book describes other common forms of heart disease, including arrhythmias, valvular disease, and heart failure.
The authors conclude by discussing genetic research, emphasizing the most promising developments likely to affect medical practice in the near future.
For anyone seeking the latest information on cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment, this is the essential resource.
"It’s not often we find a book that’s so useful to both doctors and patients alike. The Living Heart in the 21st Century is just such a book. . . . Written by two outstanding cardiologists, . . . this book tells it all. It explains what the term heart disease means, with all its ramifications, and what can be done about it. Most important, the information is practical and the advice tested. It is a classic."
-Isadore Rosenfeld, MDCM, FACP, Rossi Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and author of Live Now, Age Later and Power to the Patient
"Packed with a wealth of information and practical tips, [this] is an up-to-the-minute, easy-to-understand guide to common heart conditions. . . . Indispensable reading for anyone who wants to improve his or her heart health."
-Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, President, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School
"[An] invaluable book for anyone interested in prevention and treatment. . . . There is no book like it that so thoroughly covers the field of cardiovascular medicine for the layperson."
-Scott M. Grundy, MD, Professor of medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
"Complete, clearly written, up-to-date, and authoritative . . . by two of the greatest authorities in the field."
-Eugene Braunwald, MD, Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
"The Living Heart in the 21st Century is a wonderful blend of authoritative information. . . . I recommend it as excellent reading and as an invaluable reference book for easy use in finding answers to all sorts of questions."
-Herbert Pardes, MD, Executive vice chairman of the board of trustees, New York Presbyterian Hospital
"Recognizing the importance of an individual’s understanding and actions in optimizing health, Drs. DeBakey and Gotto have produced a fascinating guide to the rapidly changing world of cardiovascular disease and cardiac health. . . . Practical, readable, and accurate."
-David J. Skorton, MD, President, Cornell University