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

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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Roman Catholic Books (June 13 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977606309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977606306
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #556,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A rather useless "companion" Feb. 21 2012
By MoJo - Published on
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I purchased this book when I was informed that my aortic stenosis had progressed to the point that I would need to have a valve replacement operation. I had hoped that the book would provide me with an overview of cardiac surgery options and expectations of outcomes. Instead I found it to be an overblown collection of broad generalities fluffed out with the author's personal accounts of her experience with heart surgery. Apparently her operation did not go well and we follow her (at great length!) through her long convalescence, both physical and psychological. The book has many highlighted recommendations to prepare for the operation and its aftermath. Most of these are overblown and utterly obvious. As an example I quote the four items from the very last page of the book:
> Set up a journal in which you can report your progress.
> Prepare a calendar to deep track of follow-up appointments.
> Line up sources of psychological and spiritual support.
> Find the best doctor to advise you during the years ahead.

If you find this example to be helpful, then maybe you should buy the book. Otherwise, save your money.

BTW: I am 78 years old. I underwent a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement operation three weeks ago. I was walking after one day. One week after surgery I was walking one mile a day and two weeks later, three miles a day. If you are considering cardiac surgery, the most important thing to do is to get a good surgeon. Check out his/her credentials and performance history on the web. Once you decide, the surgeon and his/her team will provide you with all the guidance that you will need.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource for those considering Open-heart surgery July 11 2010
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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.