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Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon

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An inspiring, surprising, sometimes shocking, and ultimately deeply informative memoir of the high-stakes, high-pressured life of a female heart surgeon

Dr. Kathy Magliato is one of the few female heart surgeons practicing in the world today. She is also a member of an even more exclusive group—those surgeons specially trained to perform heart transplants. Healing Hearts is the story of the making of a surgeon who is also a wife and mother. Dr. Magliato takes us into her highly demanding, physically intense, male-dominated world and shows us how she masterfully works to save patients’ lives every day.

In her memoir, we come to know many of those patients whose lives Dr. Magliato has touched: a baby born with a hole in her heart, a ninety-four-year-old woman with a lethal tear in her aorta, and a thirty-five-year-old movie producer who saves her own life by recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack. Along the way, Dr. Magliato sheds light on the too often unrecognized symptoms of a heart attack and cardiovascular disease—the number one killer of women in America—and the specific measures that can be taken to prevent it.

As we begin to see what it takes for Dr. Magliato to heal hearts day after day, we come to understand a more human side of the medical profession. Dr. Magliato celebrates with her patients when they overcome their disease and personally mourns when they die as a result of it. She understands deeply the pain and suffering that heart disease can wreak on patients as well as on their families. Healing Hearts is not only her story, it is also the story of everyone affected by heart disease—roughly one in three Americans.

Dr. Magliato acquaints us with the day-to-day realities of her life and work. We see her skillfully juggle a full and happy family life as the wife of a liver transplant surgeon (they have bedside tables cluttered with pagers and cell phones that ring throughout the night) and the mother of two young boys. We also see the toll that being a female pioneer can take, as well as the rewards of such demanding work. She, like many working women, is striving to have it all.

Dr. Magliato’s powerful and moving memoir demonstrates her passion and commitment to her family, her patients, and her profession and reveals that, at the end of a long day, it’s our hearts that matter most.

Kathy E. Magliato, MD, is currently the director of women’s cardiac services at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, and an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, where she is developing a women’s heart center to address the cardiac needs of female patients. She lives in Pacific Palisades with her husband and their two children.

Synopsis:

An inspiring, surprising, and deeply informative memoir of the high-stakes life of a female heart surgeon.

Dr. Kathy Magliato is one of fewer than a dozen female heart surgeons practicing in the world today. She is also a member of an even more exclusive group--those surgeons who perform heart transplants. Healing Hearts is the story of the making of a surgeon who also calls herself a wife and mother. Dr. Magliato takes us into her highly demanding, physically intense, male-dominated world and shows us how she masterfully works to save patients lives every day.

In her memoir we come to know many of those patients whose lives Dr. Magliato has touched: a baby born with a hole in her heart, a ninety-four-year-old woman with heart failure, and a thirty-five year old movie producer who saves her own life by recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack. Along the way, Dr. Magliato sheds light on the rarely recognized symptoms of heart attack and cardiovascular disease--the #1 killer of women in America--and the specific measures that can be taken to prevent it.

By taking us deep into her life and those of her patients, Dr. Magliato acquaints us with the day to day realities of her life and work. We see her frantically juggle a full and happy family life as the wife of a liver transplant surgeon (they each have bedside tables cluttered with pagers and cell-phones) and mother of two young boys. We also see the toll that being a female pioneer can take, as well as the rewards of such demanding work.

Dr. Magliato's powerful and moving memoir demonstrates her love, passion, and commitment towards both her work and family and reveals that, at the end of a long day, it's the heart that matters most.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

\Kathy E. Magliato, MD, is currently the director of women’s cardiac services at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, and an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, where she is developing a women’s heart center to address the cardiac needs of female patients. She lives in Pacific Palisades with her husband and their two children.

Table of Contents

Love at first touch — Every sixty seconds — The persistent heart — Oh, nurse! : the birth of a surgeon — The hand of a lady — Drop-dead gorgeous — Boys will be boys — Fire and ice — Sex and the surgeon — One of the girls — We've come a long way, baby — Dead on arrival — Jackson Pollock — The bionic woman — Torn apart — The seat of the soul — Where have all the good times gone? — Atypical weekend — Kids are alright — Healing robots — Just breathe — Pressure — Heart disease by the numbers — How to avoid "going under the knife".

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307589194
Subtitle:
A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Magliato, Kathy Md
Author:
Magliato, M.D. Kathy
Author:
Kathy E. Magliato
Author:
Kathy Magliato
Author:
Magliato, Kathy
Subject:
Cooking : Reference
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Medical - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
General
Subject:
Surgery - General
Subject:
Medical - Physicians
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Biographies
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Medical : Surgery - General
Publication Date:
20100126
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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Biography » General
Biography » Medical
Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties

Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon
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Product details 272 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307589194 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An inspiring, surprising, and deeply informative memoir of the high-stakes life of a female heart surgeon.

Dr. Kathy Magliato is one of fewer than a dozen female heart surgeons practicing in the world today. She is also a member of an even more exclusive group--those surgeons who perform heart transplants. Healing Hearts is the story of the making of a surgeon who also calls herself a wife and mother. Dr. Magliato takes us into her highly demanding, physically intense, male-dominated world and shows us how she masterfully works to save patients lives every day.

In her memoir we come to know many of those patients whose lives Dr. Magliato has touched: a baby born with a hole in her heart, a ninety-four-year-old woman with heart failure, and a thirty-five year old movie producer who saves her own life by recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack. Along the way, Dr. Magliato sheds light on the rarely recognized symptoms of heart attack and cardiovascular disease--the #1 killer of women in America--and the specific measures that can be taken to prevent it.

By taking us deep into her life and those of her patients, Dr. Magliato acquaints us with the day to day realities of her life and work. We see her frantically juggle a full and happy family life as the wife of a liver transplant surgeon (they each have bedside tables cluttered with pagers and cell-phones) and mother of two young boys. We also see the toll that being a female pioneer can take, as well as the rewards of such demanding work.

Dr. Magliato's powerful and moving memoir demonstrates her love, passion, and commitment towards both her work and family and reveals that, at the end of a long day, it's the heart that matters most.

From the Hardcover edition.

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