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Table of Contents Introduction: How to Use this Book CHAPTER ONE: WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT Why women are often misdiagnosed Heart attack risk factors in women Risk factors you can change Hormones and your heart CHAPTER TWO: HOW THE HEART WORKS A big job for a small organ Your physical heart: it's structure and functions How heart attacks happen Uncomplicated vs. complicated heart attacks CHAPTER THREE: HOW TO KNOW IT'S A HEART ATTACK Heart attack symptoms: men vs. women Symptoms that mimic heart attacks Getting to the hospital CHAPTER FOUR: WHAT HAPPENS IN THE HOSPITAL Emergency care Diagnosing the heart attack Treating the Heart Attack CHAPTER FIVE: ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY Getting ready for discharge Now you're on the mend Returning to Normalcy Dealing with your emotions Returning to home and family life Going back to work Enjoying sex again What about pregnancy? Managing menopause Understanding cardiovascular drugs CHAPTER SIX: DEALING WITH COMPLICATIONS Arrhythmias (Irregular Heartbeats) How arrhythmias occur Types of arrhythmias Diagnosing arrhythmias Treating arrhythmias Congestive Heart Failure How congestive heart failure occurs Diagnosing congestive heart failure Symptoms of congestive heart failure Treating congestive heart failure CHAPTER SEVEN: MANAGING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE What causes high blood pressure? Blood pressure classification Successfully managing high blood pressure Lifestyle changes to manage high blood pressure CHAPTER EIGHT: CONTROLLING DIABETES The dangers of diabetes The types of diabetes Meeting your diabetes goals CHAPTER NINE: BALANCING YOUR CHOLESTEROL What is cholesterol and why it is important The three types of cholesterol What determines your cholesterol balance How to reach your cholesterol goals How cholesterol drugs work Non-drug ways to balance cholesterol CHAPTER TEN: YOUR THREE-STEP HEART ATTACK PREVENTION PROGRAM PART ONE: HOW TO QUIT SMOKING 12 Steps to Quit Smoking PART TWO: EXERCISE FOR YOUR HEALTH The benefits of exercise Cardiac rehabilitation Creating your custom exercise plan The three types of exercise you need Exercise Tips PART THREE: EAT HEART SMART What is heart smart eating? The truth about losing weight Heart smart eating - Mediterranean style Heart smart eating tips Resources
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Heart diseases in women -- Popular works.
Myocardial infarction -- Popular works.
Women -- Health and hygiene -- Popular works.