More than 60 million people in the United States currently suffer from some form of heart disease. And even though the risk for the disease can be drastically reduced through changes in lifestyle and diet, the number of people with heart disease continues to grow. In an effort to reverse this deadly trend, Larry King has joined some of America's favorite celebrities from the worlds of sports, politics, journalism, music, and entertainment to reveal their highly personal stories of struggling with--and overcoming--heart disease. From the early warning signs, to the diagnosis, to the process of recovery and renewal, each celebrity reveals how he or she became a heart disease survivor.
Told in their own words, these candid accounts by some of America's most beloved celebrities offer inspiration, hope, and practical wisdom for anyone whose life has been touched by heart disease. This wise book also includes the latest advice from the celebrities' doctors--who are among the best in the world--on the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
CNN's Larry King has written a celebrity show and tell about discovering and overcoming heart disease. Eighteen first-person accounts, including King's triple-bypass surgery, are paired with advice from expert cardiologists. Each story is used to illustrate key aspects of how to spot, diagnose and survive heart disease. "When your body and mind heal," promises the resilient King, "get ready for a hell of a ride." Journalist Mike Wallace report of his two heart surgeries while his cardiologist details the effects of slow heartbeats and how to live with a pacemaker.Actress Kate Jackson's description of her surgery to repair a hole in her heart is linked with a discussion of women and heart disease. Walter Cronkite's tale of grilling his physician before his bypass surgery is followed by five questions to ask your cardiologist. The account of Regis Philbin's reluctant angioplasty is enlarged by a description of revolutionary tests to detect heart disease.Through his careful choice of narratives and expert commentary, King describes the many faces of heart disease (from runaway rapid heartbeat to blocked arteries) as well as the heart smart strategies for survival. Even the name-dropping tidbits, (Cher calls Kate Jackson; Arnold calls Regis Philbin) and the occasional live-for-today cliches do not detract from the sensible and wide ranging advise King has collected. In our celebrity-driven culture, he is wise to tap the rich and famous to teach these life-saving truths about heart disease. --Barbara Mackoff ... Read more
Customer Reviews (4)
Larry King on Heart Disease
I am sure your must have heard about this author.Yes, he is THE Larry King of Larry King Live on CNN.In this book the author tells us how a couple of famous people who were suffering from heart diseases were able to conquer their conditions.It isreviewed by one of the doctors who operated Mr King.This book is just like his show and has a lot of inspirational stories.
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Packed with inspirational healing stories
Walter Cronkite, Peggy Fleming, and others are all sufferers from heart disease who have triumphed over their conditions: Larry King tackles the nation's number 1 killer in Taking On Heart Disease, reflecting both his own heart attack and bypass experiences and a survey of how heart disease may be confronted and avoided. Packed with inspirational healing stories, Taking On Heart Disease provides plenty of case histories of triumph and offers inspiration for recovery.
More like gossip than wisdom
Talk show host Larry King's book opens with a foreword written by the surgeon who performed a bypass operation on him. Unfortunately, Mr. King's book reads more like a penance for past sins than a book about heart disease. If you need company to wallow in regret over the excesses of the American lifestyle, this may be the book for you. But if you're searching for something new about heart disease that doesn't just echo the conventional line delivered by your neighborhood family doctor or bypass surgeon, don't look in Mr. King's book.
As a man in the popular media, you'd expect Mr. King to have a sixth sense regarding what is truly newsworthy. Mr. King's book may have been newsworthy in 1980, but in 2004 it is little more than a personal catharsis.
Valuable for Heart Patients and their families
Larry has done more in this book for heart patients and thir friends and families than any professional counselor could do. You read and feel the fears of well known people and you understand, through the words of their cardiologists, what has taken place. This book should be handed to every heart patient who walks into a cardiologist's office for a test or exam.
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