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It’s February – American Heart Month– a time when all people are encouraged to focus on their cardiovascular health.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing one in four deaths each year.   Nearly half of all American adults have at least one major risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease, examples of which are coronary artery disease, stroke, arrhythmias, and heart failure.  The American Heart Association says cardiovascular disease is also the top killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths annually.  

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, small heart-healthy actions like adding more movement to our day or choosing healthy foods, can have a big impact on protecting our hearts.

Here are some books available with your Livingston Public Library card that can offer useful guidance as you strive to focus more on your cardiovascular health.

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Be Heart Smart : Understand, Treat, and Prevent Coronary Heart Disease by Waqar Khan

Coronary heart disease (CHD) takes the lives of 17 million people every year. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with CHD or suffered a heart attack, there are still ways to live a long, heart-healthy life. In this definitive guide to CHD, cardiologist Khan, MD, MPH, answers common questions and provides easy-to-follow advice for preventing heart attacks and keeping your heart in tip-top shape.

The Curious History of the Heart : A Cultural and Scientific Journey by Vincent M. Figueredo

This book traces the evolution of our understanding of the heart from the dawn of civilization 15,000 years ago to today.  It chronologically examines how the once ‘king’ of the organs became dismissed as a mere mechanistic blood pump subservient to the brain, yet remains so central to our daily lives as a symbol of love and health. As a physician fascinated with this extraordinary organ, Figueredo has included a section on how the heart works, heart diseases, and gender and racial/ethnic differences in heart disease. He explores advancements in heart therapies in modern times, and what the future may hold. 

The Everything Low-Cholesterol Cookbook : 200 Heart-Healthy Recipes for Reducing Cholesterol and Losing Weight by Laura Livesey

Keep your cholesterol levels in check and reduce your risk for developing heart disease and other chronic conditions with these 200 healthy and satisfying low-cholesterol recipes.

Nobility in Small Things : A Surgeon’s Path by Craig R. Smith

Craig Smith, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, went from performing heart surgeries on patients both everyday and celebrated (he performed the quadruple bypass that saved Bill Clinton’s life in 2004) to sitting in his tomb-quiet office looking out at George Washington Bridge. And he started to write. This book not only  takes us into the mind and soul of a surgeon with the ability to “play God” but into the heart of a man who chose a lifesaving career. 

The New Science of Fighting Silent Heart Disease : Causes, Diagnoses, Prevention, and Treatments by Harold K. Karpman

Every minute of every day, millions of people are walking around with the equivalent of a hidden time bomb ticking away in their chests. In his latest book, celebrated cardiologist Karpman, reveals the true causes and best treatments for this little known but dangerous condition known as silent heart disease.

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The Simple Heart Cure Diet and Meal Plan : 28 Days of Healthy Meals and Over 100 Delicious and Easy Recipes by Chauncey W. Crandall

Based on the concepts pioneered in The Simple Heart Cure, this companion guide, The Simple Heart Cure Diet and Meal Plan, works by reducing major heart disease risk factors: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and pre-diabetes, and obesity. Eating right with this simple (and tasty) meal plan will help you live a life worth living! Dr. Crandall outlines the steps you can take to change your diet and get on a path to better health.

A Statin-Free Life : A Revolutionary Life Plan for Tackling Heart Disease – Without the Use of Statins by Aseem Malhotra

Dr. Malhotra examines the evidence for the use of statins and reveals the truth behind the misleading claims about the effects that lowering cholesterol, whether through statins or diet, has on heart disease. Instead, Dr Malhotra will show the vital role played by insulin levels, and introduce us to his targeted heart-health low-carb Mediterranean diet plan, which includes 80 recipes and advice on reducing stress and increasing movement, and is proven to reverse heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and lower blood pressure within 21 days.

Take Control of Your Heart Disease Risk by John J. Whyte

Reduce your risk of heart disease–the leading cause of death among Americans–with diet, exercise, and other health strategies from WebMD’s Dr. Whyte.

The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up : a Breakthrough Medical Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Steven Masley

Offers a thirty-day plan to treat and reverse the growth of the arterial plaque that causes heart disease through heart-healthy recipes, heart-strengthening exercises, and stress management.

A Woman’s Heart : Why Female Heart Health Really Matters  by Dr. Angela Maas

Professor Maas explores how the female heart works and provides practical advice for women, including: The biology of the female heart – how it works and ages differently to a male’s; the effects of female-specific issues, such as menopause; heart attacks in women; lifestyle tips to prevent heart disease. This vital book is the result of decades of international research. It exposes the gender bias in cardiology and paves the way for better heart health for women everywhere.

Informative Websites

American Heart Association

Division for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention

My Healthfinder/Heart Health

Heart Disease-CDC

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

–Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian


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