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A book review of Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life: The Mayo Clinic Plan for Preventing and Conquering Heart Disease

A book review of Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life: The Mayo Clinic Plan for Preventing and Conquering Heart Disease

Stars: *****

Mayo Clinic (2012)
Heart Health
288 pages

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Summary: Is that twinge in your chest heartburn or a heart problem? In 2006, more than 600,000 Americans-26% of all deaths in the US that year-died of heart disease, making it our nation’s #1 killer. Now, Mayo Clinic provides a comprehensive, step by-step plan to reduce the risks and life-changing effects of heart disease. In The Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!, Mayo Clinic provides up-to-date, clinically proven information that addresses the key causes of heart disease and provides clear, actionable advice in an easy-to follow format, including: The three key actions you can taken in a quick-start plan to help you jump-start your way to heart health A heart-health assessment to help you create your own customized plan An easy-to-follow program design

Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart For Life

This book is awesome. I took two heart health books out of the library and the other one gave me bad advice (countered by my pharmacist) and seems really out of date while this one is much better. The weird thing is they are both more than 10 years old which is a lot in health care. However this one doesn’t seem out of date and was easy to understand and follow.

It’s a hardcover with glossy pages which is my favourite type of nonfiction. It’s laid out well and makes everything clear.

The book starts with a get going chapter to help you see where your heart health is at right now and set some goals. The 10 Steps to Heart Health starts with the three steps you need to work on first. It doesn’t just set out the guidelines though, it explains them thoroughly including the why and how. Then it continues with the other 7 steps again explaining as it goes.

The If You Have a Problem section goes over what to do and what you should know if you have Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure, Arrhythmias, Heart Valve Disorders, Vascular Disorders or Congenital Heart Disease. I was just diagnosed with Heart Failure and although I’ve done A LOT of research already on my own, I still found the chapter informative.

Finally the How to Support the Plan section goes over common diagnostic tests, eating obstacles (with recipes!), finding a healthy weight, complementary and alternative medicine and monitoring your mental health.

I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone interested in their heart health. It’s not just for those with heart disease.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.