Best Practices for a Healthy Heart.

Author:Boynton, Cindy Wolfe
Position:Book review

Sarah Samaan (author); BEST PRACTICES FOR A HEALTHY HEART; The Experiment (Nonfiction: Health & Fitness) 14.95 ISBN: 9781615190478

Byline: Cindy Wolfe Boynton

More than 27 million people today in the United States -- roughly 11 percent of the population -- are living with heart disease, says the US Centers for Disease Control. It's the nation's No. 1 killer, resulting in approximately 600,000 deaths a year. Yet as many as 85 percent of these cases are preventable, says cardiologist Sarah Samaan, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Her Best Practices for a Healthy Heart: How to Stop Heart Disease Before or After It Starts, is designed to help people achieve what Samaan calls this "important and difficult" goal.

Similar to Samaan's The Smart Woman's Guide to Heart Health, which received a ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Award in Women's Issues in 2009, Best Practices for a Healthy Heart provides proven, reliable, and empowering information about the diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices that can help prevent "the silent killer." The condition gets its nickname from the fact that for some sufferers, a fatal heart attack is the first and only symptom. Not everyone experiences the tell-tale chest pain, shortness of breath, arm or leg pain, numbness, or related conditions like high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

As Samaan explains in the preface, her decision to become a cardiologist and focus much of her professional life on heart disease prevention stems from personal sorrow. Her grandmother and several aunts and uncles all died before age sixty from heart disease. "As a child, I dreaded the emotionally charged, long-distance phone calls my father received as heart disease picked off his siblings, one by one."

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