Women Are Not Small Men: Life-Saving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease in Women

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9780345440990: Women Are Not Small Men: Life-Saving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease in Women

One out of every two women will die of heart disease. It is the single greatest health risk for women today—more than stroke and all cancers combined. In the course of her work as founder and chief of the Women’s Heart Program at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Goldberg has come to a startling realization: Women experience heart disease in a fundamentally different way than men do. The physiology of a woman’s heart attack is not the same as a man’s, the symptoms of heart disease and signs of impending heart attack differ for women, and once heart disease has been recognized, women often do not get the treatment and medications they require. Now here are detailed, age-specific programs that give women the facts and the guidance they need to recognize, treat, and prevent heart disease, including

· How you can rate your risk of heart disease
· The effects of menopause on your heart
· Risk factors you can change—starting today
· A heart healthy exercise plan that works for you
· A complete guide to heart healthy supplements
· The truth about hormone replacement therapy and the heart
· Recovering from a heart attack or surgery

Authoritative, caring, and up-to-the-minute, this is destined to become the women’s health book of the new millennium.

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"Heart disease is a woman's greatest health threat," writes cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, M.D. Until recently, heart research was done on men, and women were considered "small men." But women are quite different from men in physiology and patterns, and require a targeted approach. Goldberg's mission is to help women prevent or manage heart disease by understanding their unique symptoms, risk factors, prevention options, medical treatments, lifestyle choices, hormones, supplements, and recovery methods.

Women Are Not Small Men is organized clearly. Each risk factor is organized by "the facts" and "your next step." A chapter on symptoms and diagnosis includes action plans and questions your doctor will ask you. Goldberg discusses the latest research on hormone replacement therapy, so you can make your own decision in partnership with your physician.

She recommends exercise, dietary modification, smoking cessation, and stress reduction, showing you how to take easy steps that will result in big changes. Questionnaires, tips, and anecdotes personalize the material. Goldberg is chief of cardiac rehabilitation and chief of the Women's Heart Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and she offers in this book a wealth of information that will empower women to understand heart disease. --Joan Price

About the Author:

Nieca Goldberg, M.D., is the chief of cardiac rehabilitation and chief of the Women’s Heart Program, a unique cardiac rehabilitation and prevention program for women that she created at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She is also medical director of the cardio-rehab program and the May Center for Health, Fitness, and Sport at the 92nd Street Y. In New York magazine’s “Best Doctors” of 1999 and 2000 lists Dr. Goldberg was among the top ten Hall of Fame of physicians.
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