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Women Are Not Small Men: Life-Saving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease in Women Hardcover – Feb 19 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (Feb. 19 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345440986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345440983
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.4 x 3.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,822,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Heart disease is a woman's greatest health threat," writes cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, M.D. Until recently, heart research was done on men, and women were considered "small men." But women are quite different from men in physiology and patterns, and require a targeted approach. Goldberg's mission is to help women prevent or manage heart disease by understanding their unique symptoms, risk factors, prevention options, medical treatments, lifestyle choices, hormones, supplements, and recovery methods.

Women Are Not Small Men is organized clearly. Each risk factor is organized by "the facts" and "your next step." A chapter on symptoms and diagnosis includes action plans and questions your doctor will ask you. Goldberg discusses the latest research on hormone replacement therapy, so you can make your own decision in partnership with your physician.

She recommends exercise, dietary modification, smoking cessation, and stress reduction, showing you how to take easy steps that will result in big changes. Questionnaires, tips, and anecdotes personalize the material. Goldberg is chief of cardiac rehabilitation and chief of the Women's Heart Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and she offers in this book a wealth of information that will empower women to understand heart disease. --Joan Price

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Goldberg, chief of cardiac rehabilitation at the Women's Heart Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, believes that misinformation about heart health is keeping women from getting appropriate cardiac care. Women, on their own or because doctors belittle their symptoms, often ignore the warning signs of heart disease, imagining that that they're too young or simply the wrong gender to be having a heart attack. In this comprehensive guide to cardiac health, Goldberg uses numerous case studies to show how women think they're suffering from fatigue or stress or are simply overweight when in fact they're showing signs of cardiac obstruction. Goldberg encourages women of all ages to be proactive in managing heart disease with simple strategies including stress reduction, physical activity, healthier eating and quitting smoking. Included is a simple quiz to determine readers' risk level for heart problems. All relevant related conditions, including diabetes and menopause, are discussed so that readers can assess their options regarding medication and lifestyle changes. Women of all backgrounds will find the material things helpful to read both before and after visiting their own physician, and Goldberg's realistic approach will also appeal to readers. Though she urges women to recognize the potential for serious heart problems, Goldberg knows that few people will transform their behavior instantly. This is an excellent addition to the women's health shelf.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
This book should be required reading for every woman, every parent who has a daughter, every medical student and every practicing cardiologist. Dr. Nieca Goldberg' s book reads the same way she cares for her patients-honestly, directly and with great care and compassion. She shatters the myths surrounding heart disease including the belief that heart disease is a natural part of aging; that you have to have high cholesterol to be at risk for a heart attack; and of course, the biggest myth of them all-that heart disease is something only our fathers, husbands, sons, brothers and uncles should worry about. The truth of the matter is that one out of every two women will die from heart disease.
Nevertheless, many doctors still treat heart disease as a male problem-leaving far too many women untreated. Dr. Goldberg's message is loud and clear: women are not immune to heart disease. We need to take control of our health by educating ourselves and making certain that our doctors regard our symptoms and listen to our concerns.
What's more, Dr. Goldberg tackles heart disease and its treatment holistically-in addition to thoroughly explaining the biological causes of the disease, including the difference between a man's heart and a woman's heart, the different symptoms women experience as well as our distinct risk factors-she also discusses the role of hormone replace therapy (HRT) and how stress, anger and depression affect our hearts. Instead of ignoring the toll emotions have on our body, she explains how they pose serious health threats to women and she gives practical advice on how to reduce the stress in our lives. While acknowledging the fact that women are the essential caretakers, who put the welfare of others before our own, Dr.
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I was extremely impressed with the calibre of helpful information every woman needs to know _ young and old _ when it comes to understanding heart disase and how it affects women diifferently than men. Heart disease in women is not considered one of those glam causes such as AIDS and breast cancer awareness as it is the high-powered entertainment and fashion industries. Heart disease is the Number One killer of women in the U.S. And Dr. Goldberg's concise, no-nonsense, clear-cut approach is not only highly informative, but also refreshing _ considering she is among the foremost experts in this field. Hopefully, her book will increase awareness of women's heart disease, which ultimately will save the lives of grandmothers, mothers, daughters, neighbors and friends _ many of whom have no idea what the symptoms of heart disease are, and how to detect and control such an insidious killer of women.
This is a must-read for women who are professionals in the workplace, as well as at-home moms.
Hopefully, exposure such as Dr. Goldberg's book, "Women Are Not Small Men," will also educate a society that still believes heart attacks and strokes belong to the men's club.
_ Karyn Monget
Market News Editor
Women's Wear Daily
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I waited for this book to be released after reading a pre-review last fall about the author. Because she is a bit older than me, I felt she would have new insight and answers. I was sorely wrong.
After poring through the lengthy book, I was extremely disappointed. Not only was her program simplistic and condescending to healthy women who do take care of their hearts/and bodies, there was no groundbreaking preventive remedies or treatment--it was the same eat right, exercise, don't smoke.
The information on diet was nothing new--and the exercise program was similar to other books I've read. I suppose if you are terribly unhealthy, this book may give insight, but for today's women who are health conscious, this does not have new answers. An expensive read--that let me down. I also felt the author touted her practice as the "heart-saver," which is fine for those in NY--but what about those women in San Francisco?? I'll keep looking for a book that speaks to healthy women who want to prevent heart disease with an innovative program--that works. : (
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By A Customer on Feb. 22 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific book. It's clear and to-the-point, with smart, sensible advice that should be required reading for any woman concerned about heart disease, which--since heart disease is the number one killer of women--means all of us. I read the book as someone who has a strong family history of heart disease who is, despite being reasonably fit and health-conscious, showing some early signs of heart trouble. I found it enormously helpful and encouraging. Dr. Goldberg doesn't pretend that the answers to fighting heart disease are either easy or painless, or that you can prevent heart disease just by taking a pill. Instead, she gives it to you straight, laying out just what you must do, along with what your treatment options are in the event that you already have high blood pressure or any other heart problem. She's also very helpful in navigating the tricky issues surrounding taking estrogen. I plan to buy several copies of this to send to my sisters and several friends.
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By A Customer on Feb. 26 2002
Format: Hardcover
The books central thesis is sound: that women have different health needs and risks than men, and that their coronary ailments are often overlooked. Beyond those indistable facts this book has little to offer.
The book has the feel of being written to an editor's specifications: so many chapters, so many words, etc. Although the author may have a passion for her subject matter and may be deeply concerned for her patients, little shows through in her writing. Reading this book was a chore which in the end offered little fresh thinking on the topic. The book also comes across as preachy and condescending. Save your money and keep looking for a better book on cardio health. If you must sample this author's writing, look for the excerpt in Womans Day magazine.
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