An Ageless Woman's Guide to Heart Health.

Author:Scott, Barbara
Position:Book review

Elizabeth Jackson (author); AN AGELESS WOMAN'S GUIDE TO HEART HEALTH; Spry Publishing LLC (Nonfiction: Health & Fitness) 15.95 ISBN: 9781938170225

Byline: Barbara Scott

Readable, medically sound guide contains helpful healthy-heart advice for women of all ages.

"Having a good heart is important, but having a strong, healthy heart is absolutely essential," writes Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, who has created a heart health guide for women in all seasons of life.

Jackson is an attending cardiologist at the University of Michigan Health Center, where she focuses on women's cardiovascular health and preventive medicine. An Ageless Woman's Guide to Heart Health begins with a description of the healthy heart and how it functions, and then what happens when it malfunctions. There are many ways in which women's heart problems differ significantly from men's, both functionally and statistically, making this book a welcome and valuable aid for women.

Women often experience heart attack symptoms different from the classic signs described by men; a woman may even have an "intuition" about an impending attack. Meant both to encourage and inform, the book underscores the need for prevention, while explaining the cause and mechanism of frightening realities like sudden cardiac death, cardiac arrhythmia, heart disease, and obscure but notable ailments like broken heart syndrome, also known as stress cardiomyopathy, when intense emotional or physical stress can weaken the heart.

Recommending checkups on a timely schedule based on age and general health, Jackson also emphasizes the importance of reducing cholesterol, pursuing a heart-healthy diet, getting regular exercise and even meditating to reduce stress. She offers helpful charts and graphs based on age and other factors. These breakdowns are particularly useful since all too often we see such data monolithically presented for "women" generally, which can cause unnecessary worry.

Older women will battle more with cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and...

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