A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease
The daily challenges of living--and coping--with a chronic and progressive invisible illness.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women worldwide. Yet most people are still unaware that heart disease is not just a man's problem. Carolyn Thomas, a heart attack survivor herself, is on a mission to educate women about their heart health. Based on her popular Heart Sisters blog, which has attracted more than 10 million views from readers in 190 countries, A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease combines personal experience and medical knowledge to help women learn how to understand and manage a catastrophic diagnosis.
In A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease, Thomas explains
o how to recognize the early signs of a heart attack
o why women often delay seeking treatment--and how to overcome that impulse
o the link between pregnancy complications and future heart disease
o why so many women with heart disease are misdiagnosed--and how to help yourself get an accurate diagnosis
o the importance of cardiac rehabilitation in lowering mortality risk
o what to expect during your recovery from a heart attack
o how the surreal process of coping with heart disease may affect your daily life
o methods for treating heart disease-related depression without drugs
Equal parts memoir about a misdiagnosed heart attack, guide to the predictable stages of heart disease--from grief to resilience--and patient-friendly translation of important science-based findings on women's unique heart issues, this book is an essential read. Whether you're a freshly diagnosed patient, a woman who's been living with heart disease for years, or a practitioner who cares about women's health, A Woman's Guide to Living with Heart Disease will help you feel less alone and advocate for better health care.
About this Author
Carolyn Thomas, a journalist and public relations specialist, is a graduate of Mayo Clinic's WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium for Women with Heart Disease. She is the creator of the blog Heart Sisters.
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