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A book review of Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need by Marc Gillinov, M.D. and Steven Nissen, M.D.

A book review of Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You'll Ever Need by Marc Gillinov, M.D. and Steven Nissen, M.D.

Stars: ***

Three Rivers Press (2012)
Health>Heart Health
550 pages

Summary: The definitive guide to heart health from two of America’s most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the #1 hospital for heart health in America.

Are you one of the eighty-two million Americans currently diagnosed with cardiovascular disease—or one of the millions more who think they are healthy but are at risk? Whether your goal is to get the best treatment or stay out of the cardiologist’s office, your heart’s health depends upon accurate information and correct answers to key questions.

In Heart 411, two renowned experts, heart surgeon Marc Gillinov and cardiologist Steven Nissen, tackle the questions their patients have raised over their decades of practice: Can the stress of my job really lead to a heart attack? How does exercise help my heart, and what is the right amount and type of exercise? What are the most important tests for my heart, and when do I need them? How do symptoms and treatments differ among men, women, and children?

Backed by decades of clinical experience and up-to-the-minute research, yet written in the accessible, down-to-earth tone of your trusted family doctor, Heart 411 cuts through the confusion to give you the knowledge and tools you need to live a long and heart-healthy life.

Heart 411

This book is just as old as the last heart book I reviewed a this month from the Mayo Clinic but this one is a lot more outdated for some reason. I hope they remake this book as it has a lot of information but it’s out of date. It would be a 4 star book at least if this was 2012 but now it’s a 3 star book. Specifically it gave me bad advice.

This book says when you are on the medications that normally say do not eat or drink grapefruit that you can have a little bit just not too much. My pharmacist says absolutely NONE as it interacts with your medicine.

However if you read it with a grain of salt it’s better than nothing. It just needs to be updated and fact checked. It went more in depth than the Mayo book and I especially enjoyed the sections on the different heart tests.

I would read it from the library but I do not recommend buying it.

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