On Having a Heart Attack: A Medical Memoir

3.33 avg rating
( 3 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780268037260: On Having a Heart Attack: A Medical Memoir
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

"In the first few pages of William O'Rourke's gripping book I learned what it feels like to have a heart attack and how the pressure or pleasure of daily events can keep us postponing the visit to the Emergency Room. Now, I tell myself, I'll be prepared even in the middle of the night or at a sports event." —Maggie Strong, author of Mainstay: For the Well Spouse of the Chronically Ill "For anyone who has ever had a serious medical crisis, or been close to someone who has, William O'Rourke's book is essential reading. O'Rourke takes us on a fascinating, compelling journey into the literal and figurative heart of a gloriously full and fragile life. He illuminates much about our vitality and our mortality, and the ways in which fortune and modern medicine can collaborate in our individual and collective fates. This is a rich tale by a splendid storyteller—a most unforgettable, informative, and deeply moving memoir of one man's struggles and triumphs." —Jay Neugeboren, author of Open Heart: A Patient's Story of Life-Saving Medicine and Life-Giving Friendship 
"O'Rourke' s book and its long description of having a heart attack may scare the bejesus out of you, but it certainly sheds a lot of light on the subject. He's writing about what he knows and he knows a lot. His book is full of life—full of heart—and necessary reading for anyone who's ever thought twice about the tough organ that keeps us alive." —Malachy McCourt, author of A Monk Swimming and Bush Lies in State 

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

William O’Rourke is the author of numerous books, including, among others, The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left, and the novels The Meekness of Isaac and Idle Hands. He is professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and the director of its graduate creative writing program.

Review:

“This very personal account of exactly what it was like to have a heart attack, to notice medical personnel somewhat hesitant to treat him until they saw his insurance card, to contemplate the possibility of dying before his son turned two, and to make lifestyle changes to lower the risk of a second attack is frightening, moving and sometimes funny.” —Booklist

"A must-read for practicing physicians, cardiologists, nurses, physician assistants, and the general public. . . . [T]his is an excellent, thoroughly informed book. It will be helpful for recuperating patients and their families and for anyone concerned about heart disease. . . ." —Journal of the American Medical Association

"Despite its somber subject, the book is as gripping as fiction, full of drama, conflict, and angst. . . . While convalescing, O'Rourke read all he could find in the literature of MI (myocardial infarction) but met with a singular lack of comprehensive accounts of the physical and psychic experience itself, and how it affects the family and friends of the patient. This he supplies with wry wit and unsparing rue, distillations of the novelist's second nature-attentiveness in calamity, and richness of recall." —Provincetown Arts(2006)

“Books about heart attacks and heart disease abound, mostly authored by health care professionals who specialize in the treatment of heart patients or work as nutritionists. Books written by actual survivors of an MI . . . are rare and a book, such as this, written by someone who is both a survivor and a noted author, is certainly the exception . . . this memoir is much more than just a self-help book. The author examines the many personal thoughts the patient stricken by a heart attack unavoidably encounters. . . . It is a book that doctors and nurses should read and learn from, and one that all those should read who are potentially threatened with heart disease.” —Third Coast

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

O'Rourke, William
ISBN 10: 0268037264 ISBN 13: 9780268037260
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2006. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780268037260

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Professor William O'Rourke
Published by University of Notre Dame Press, United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 0268037264 ISBN 13: 9780268037260
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Notre Dame Press, United States, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. That was October 26, 1991, in what became a singularly awful day in the life of William O'Rourke. Minutes later, at the beginning of a Notre Dame football game, he began to suffer his heart attack. O'Rourke's account of that day, and everything that followed, is personal, informative, humorous, and highly literate. With its extended description of what an MI feels like and how people around the patient react, his memoir provides a bedside view of his experience and all of the emotions - both extraordinary and quotidian - that accompanied it. What is startling is how that momentous event, the heart attack, divides life irretrievably into a "before" and "after." Gone are the assumptions of what is safe and healthy; replacing them is a newly-forged relation of mind and body, a treacherous one which breeds a physical paranoia that only lessens after months. O'Rourke vividly describes the extreme pain of the attack, the forced inactivity of recuperation, and the melancholy of embracing life anew while accepting a heightened awareness of mortality. He knows his luck in having supportive family and friends, and uses his time away from normal routine to examine his family history for likely genetic proclivities for heart disease. Through his description of his experience - from MI, to angioplasty, to cardiac catheterization to, fourteen years later, a quintuple bypass and a second round of cardio-rehabilitation - he asks us to change behaviors we can affect and pay attention to our health. It does, after all, come down to this: "Here's to life." Enriched with a medical glossary and selected bibliography, this is a helpful compendium for other recuperating patients and their families, or anyone concerned about heart disease, or interested in memoir. Seller Inventory # AAC9780268037260

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Professor William O'Rourke
Published by University of Notre Dame Press, United States (2006)
ISBN 10: 0268037264 ISBN 13: 9780268037260
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Notre Dame Press, United States, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. That was October 26, 1991, in what became a singularly awful day in the life of William O'Rourke. Minutes later, at the beginning of a Notre Dame football game, he began to suffer his heart attack. O'Rourke's account of that day, and everything that followed, is personal, informative, humorous, and highly literate. With its extended description of what an MI feels like and how people around the patient react, his memoir provides a bedside view of his experience and all of the emotions - both extraordinary and quotidian - that accompanied it. What is startling is how that momentous event, the heart attack, divides life irretrievably into a "before" and "after." Gone are the assumptions of what is safe and healthy; replacing them is a newly-forged relation of mind and body, a treacherous one which breeds a physical paranoia that only lessens after months. O'Rourke vividly describes the extreme pain of the attack, the forced inactivity of recuperation, and the melancholy of embracing life anew while accepting a heightened awareness of mortality. He knows his luck in having supportive family and friends, and uses his time away from normal routine to examine his family history for likely genetic proclivities for heart disease. Through his description of his experience - from MI, to angioplasty, to cardiac catheterization to, fourteen years later, a quintuple bypass and a second round of cardio-rehabilitation - he asks us to change behaviors we can affect and pay attention to our health. It does, after all, come down to this: "Here's to life." Enriched with a medical glossary and selected bibliography, this is a helpful compendium for other recuperating patients and their families, or anyone concerned about heart disease, or interested in memoir. Seller Inventory # AAC9780268037260

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.48
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

O'Rourke, William
Published by University of Notre Dame Press 4/8/2006 (2006)
ISBN 10: 0268037264 ISBN 13: 9780268037260
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Notre Dame Press 4/8/2006, 2006. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. On Having a Heart Attack: A Medical Memoir. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780268037260

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.19
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

O'Rourke, William
Published by University of Notre Dame Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0268037264 ISBN 13: 9780268037260
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Notre Dame Press, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 0268037264

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

William O'Rourke
ISBN 10: 0268037264 ISBN 13: 9780268037260
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0268037264

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.74
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

O'Rourke, William
Published by Univ Notre Dame
ISBN 10: 0268037264 ISBN 13: 9780268037260
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ Notre Dame. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 2651754

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

William O'Rourke
ISBN 10: 0268037264 ISBN 13: 9780268037260
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. That was October 26, 1991, in what became a singularly awful day in the life of William O'Rourke. Minutes later, at the beginning of a Notre Dame football game, he began to suffer his hear.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 144 pages. 0.249. Seller Inventory # 9780268037260

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.36
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

William O'Rourke
Published by University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN 10: 0268037264 ISBN 13: 9780268037260
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Notre Dame Press. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780268037260

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.13
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Oandapos;Rourke, William
Published by University of Notre Dame Press (2006)
ISBN 10: 0268037264 ISBN 13: 9780268037260
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Notre Dame Press, 2006. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780268037260

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.71
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.84
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book