Take a Load Off Your Heart

February 14, 2010

My uncle had a heart attack a couple years ago, and ever since then I’ve been trying to help him live a healthier lifestyle. He had to give up smoking, obviously, and cut way, way back on his drinking. He also exercises a bit more than he used to and is more conscious about what he eats. These are baby steps, though. He’s still not doing as much as he can to take care of himself.

That’s why I want to get him this book called Take a Load Off Your Heart: 109 Things You Can Actually Do to Prevent, Halt, and Reverse Heart Disease by Joseph C. Piscatella and Barry A. Franklin. In this book, the authors talk about assessing your risk for heart disease, show you how to manage daily stress, and urge you to make daily exercise a habit. They also discuss diet, and there’s an appendix that includes discussions of the best cholesterol medication and other prescription drugs you might have to take if your doctor determines that there’s a problem.

All in all, this looks like a very useful book, both for someone who is looking to prevent a heart attack and for someone trying to maintain health after having one. I’m going to order it this week!

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