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The Open Heart Companion: Preperation and Guidance for Open-Heart Surgery Recovery Paperback – Jun 13 2006

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This book has been helpful!! May 12 2007
By K. Glowacki - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my Mom who is the caregiver for my Dad who had open heart surgery 8 weeks ago. She has stated to me that the book has been helpful to her. It has given her perspective and guidance. I was hoping that it would help with the complications he was having, but apparantly they have turned out to be unrelated to the surgery. All in all I would say that this a good book for anyone having heart surgery, or caring for someone having heart surgery. I did not find it until almost 4 weeks after his surgery. I would suggest to others to buy it BEFORE the surgery if at all possible.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A True Companion For The Journey June 17 2008
By Michael Arloski - Published on
Format: Paperback
Reaching people with health information and doing it well is a real art, and in The Open Heart Companion, Maggie Lichtenberg shows great skill as both writer and health and wellness coach. More than a book of things to know, it really becomes a true companion, much like a coach would be to you, a real ally. The Open Heart Companion, honors both the patient's need for the "story" of real experience, and the need for concrete information for both preparation and recovery from surgery.

Like the author, I am a valve surgery survivor/thriver, and like the author I am a wellness coach as well. I found great personal value in the book and continuously recommend it to all the coaching students I train, and all the medical institutions and organizations I consult with.
Michael Arloski, Ph.D., PCC, author of Wellness Coaching For Lasting Lifestyle Change
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource for those considering Open-heart surgery July 11 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This book was one of the best books I've read on open-heart surgery and the things you need to think about when preparing for surgery.

We bought this book after my husband's first open-heart surgery. Two years later he had a second operation to replace his valve and reading this book helped us prepare ourselves for the second surgery.

This book also talks about rehab and what to expect.

I highly recommend this book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
MUST read! Jan. 19 2011
By xbwsx - Published on
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Having had open heart surgery for valve replacement, this book is a great read for anyone who an experienced a heart related event in their life. This book goes step by step explaining how a patient can research and prepare for surgery - a real plus - along with tips to relax when faced with upcoming surgery. For after surgery - it is a great resource for both patient and caregiver. This book is very informative. There are very few books that focus on the heart - this one is an excellent resource for anyone.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful little book April 1 2011
By caroline - Published on
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My 82 year old father had open heart surgery (mitral valve replacement) surgery in January. My family was all so focused on whether or not he would make it through the surgery itself that we forgot to discuss recovery with his doctors and surgeon beforehand. Depression set in during the recovery - a deep, dark depression that I feared he would not come out of. This book really helped, along with a good physical therapy program and some counseling. Dad just wasn't prepared for the long recovery - physically, mentally or emotionally.

I bought the book for him because it was written by a woman who had the same type of surgery as my dad. She is not a doctor and I thought that would help him relate to the book and her story maybe a bit more than a book written by a doctor who would have knowledge and wisdom, but no real firsthand experience. I'm really glad I got it for him. There are such great little nuggets of wisdom here. It really helped him to see that his situation was very, very normal, and that there could actually be light at the end of the tunnel!

I would highly recommend this little book for anyone preparing for or recovering from open heart surgery. Read it all the way through, take the information she has to give to heart, give yourself time to heal properly and know that you aren't alone in your suffering. This book will give you things to think about and will help you understand that what you're going through is par for the course.