Women Are Not Small Men: Life-Saving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease in Women Hardcover – Feb 19 2002
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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.
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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.Read more ›
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
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. : (
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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Our daughter Jenny died suddenly at the age of 21. She has been under the care of a cardiologist for high blood pressure. Read morePublished on March 6 2003 by Reyna M. Dodds
Many medical books written by doctors are hard to read, dry, boring, technical. Reading this book is like talking to a friend who is not only very knowledgeable but also very... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2002 by Engrx2
After all the press on HRT, I was petrified that there was no option for heart disease prevention. I bought Dr.Goldberg's book after listening to her on KOMO radio. Dr. Read morePublished on July 12 2002
I have bought 3 copies of this book for family members and am ordering another one. It is the clearest, best information about women's heart problems and what to do about them... Read morePublished on April 22 2002 by Ladybird
"Women are not Small Men" is a great book. It's easy to read and comprehend. Dr. Goldberg outlines great tips for a healthy heart.Published on April 8 2002 by BC
Women Are Not Small Men answers all those questions you wished you remembered to ask your doctor about heart disease. Read morePublished on April 6 2002
What a surprise to learn that my bad cholesterol was very high at the age of 47. At first, I thought it was a fluke, but after my doctor repeated the test several times, I... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002