Synopses & Reviews
Increase the odds of living longer with this bold, broad approach to cardiac health. A medically up-to-the-minute and easy-to-implement program, Take a Load Off Your Heart sets our four key steps to cardiovascular fitness, from assessing risk to managing stress, from improving diet to making a habit of exercise. It demystifies predictive markers such as trigylcerides and Syndrome X, and offers 109 simple, practical lifestyle tips - #22 Breathe deeply, #96 Drink black tea, #3 Increase your HDL level, #54 Walk briskly, #75 Give up dieting - for preventing, stabilizing and, yes, reversing heart disease.
If we lived by this advice, the cardiac health of Americans would skyrocket. --William C. Roberts, M.D., Editor in Chief, American Journal of Cardiology
I was skeptical: Why one more cardiac self-help book? But then I started reading--till the very end. I could not put it down: well-written, little med-speak and entirely up-to-date and accurate. This is something I can recommend to all my patients.
--V.F. Froelicher, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
Whether you're trying to prevent that first heart attack or reduce your risk of a second one, Take a Load off Your Heart
is the book to read. It tells you what you need to know about exercise, nutrition and handling stress--all in terms you can understanding and apply to your daily life.
--Redford Williams, M.D., Director, Behavioral Research, Duke University Medical Center
This easy-to-read book takes the mystery out of heart disease and translates the latest science into a remarkable "how-to" manual of prevention. Reliable, current and practical advice for anyone who has a beating heart!
--Gary J. Balady, M.D., Director of Preventive Cardiology, Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine
The book is comprehensive...The information is up-to-date and scientifically accurate. I recommend it highly. --Steven N. Blair, P.E.D., Director of Research, Cooper Institute
Finally, a book to tell us not just what to do--but how to do it. It's an incredibly readable, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the prevention of heart attack and stroke, and it belongs in every home library.
--Kathy Berra, M.S.N., N.P., Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Stanford Medical Center
Detailed, balanced, yet accessible...The authors have done an admirable job of presenting the science while also giving us high-quality practical advice.
--Michael S. Lauer, M.D., Director of Clinical Research, Director of Stress Laboratory, Department of Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Piscatella presents a cutting-edge yet practical and easy-to-implement program for taking charge of heart health. A former coronary bypass patient, he shares his vast experience, knowledge, and passion and sets out the new rules for achieving cardiac health.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 346-357) and index.
About the Author
Author Joseph C. Piscatella has been a keen observer of American eating habits since 1977, when emergency open-heart surgery at the age of 32 forced him to recognize the intimate connection between dietary habits and overall health. His successful recovery and determination to make adjustment in his own lifestyle and diet inspired a new career as an active proponent of healthy lifestyle changes. As president of the Institute for Fitness and Health, Inc. in Tacoma, Washington, he lectures extensively to a variety of clients, including medical organizations, corporations and professional associations, and is a consultant on major wellness projects for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Cited in Time for their practicality and effectiveness, his seminars deal with the management of lifestyle habits to increase health, longevity and productivity. Mr. Piscatella is the only non-medical member of the National Institute of Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Expert Panel, which develops clinical practice guidelines for physicians. He is also a member of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion, the American Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and the National Wellness Association.Barry Franklin, Ph.D., is director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Laboratories in Royal Oak, Michigan, as well as professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School.