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Heart (Cardiovascular) Disease

Selected Books

Bowden, Jonny and Stephen Sinatra
The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-And the Statin-Free Plan That Will
Cardiologist Sinatra feels that cholesterol isn't the culprit, inflammation is and one of the prime causes of inflammation is sugar. Read more in this CBN News article: Cholesterol Myth: What Really Causes Heart Disease?.
(American Heart Association) Complete Guide to Women's Heart Health: The Go Red for Women Way to Well-Being and Vitality
RC672.C58 2009x
One in every three women will die from heart disease each year but the key to preventing heart disease is embracing a heart-healthy lifestyle. The Complete Guide to Women's Heart Health explains how gradual and sustainable shifts in your routine, such as using just a little more than one percent of your time each week to exercise or losing just 10 percent of your body weight, can have a far-reaching impact on your health.
Gillinov, Marc and Steven Nissen
Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You'll Ever Need
RC685.C6 G49 2012bx
"Cardiac surgeon Gillinov and cardiologist Nissen, both of Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, efficiently render an overwhelming array of symptoms, tests, diagnoses, treatment options, diet, and exercise recommendations, drugs and supplements, and prognoses associated with the nation's top cause of death into an easy-to-use guide to preventing heart disease." -- Publishers Weekly
Heller, Marla
The DASH Diet Action Plan: Proven to Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Without Medication
RC685.H8 H444 2011x
DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) came out of NIH-funded research and is a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and nonfat dairy, lean meats, fish, beans, and nuts.
Kowalski, Robert E.
The Blood Pressure Cure: 8 Weeks to Lower Blood Pressure Without Prescription Drugs
RC685.H8 K69 2007
"In 1978, at age 35, medical journalist Kowalski (The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure) suffered a heart attack and later underwent two coronary bypass surgeries. Here, he relates how he lost weight, quit smoking, managed stress, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels and avoided medications and their side effects." - Publishers Weekly
Mann, Samuel J.
Hypertension and You: Old Drugs, New Drugs, and the Right Drugs for Your High Blood Pressure
RC685.H8 M284 2012
Although many of the nearly 70 million Americans with hypertension would like to control it through lifestyle changes, most will require medication. There are many excellent blood pressure medications but many doctors are placing people on wrong medications.
Mason, Roger
Lower Blood Pressure Without Drugs: Curing your Hypertension Naturally
RC685.H8 M294 2012
More than 65 million Americans have high blood pressure (above 140/90) and over forty million more are pre-hypertensive (above 120/80). High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, and congestive heart failure. Although prescription drugs may be able to lower blood pressure, they often have very dangerous side effects. This book suggests natural alternatives.
Piscatella, Joseph and Barry A. Franklin
Prevent, Halt and Reverse Heart Disease: 109 Things You Can Do
RC685.C6 P573 2011x
This updated book is divided into three sections: Cardiac Markers (10 of the most important risk factors are examined so that you can assess your risk); Life Skills (the 109 practical tips); and Cardiac Basics (an explanation of contemporary tests and treatments).
Rimmerman, Curtis M.
The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Speaking with Your Cardiologist
RC682.R547 2010
The book explains diagnostic tests, diagnoses, and treatment options and medications. It also reviews the different cardiology specialties, and gives information on how to choose a cardiologist.
Starling, Randall C.
The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Heart Failure
RC685.C53 S729 2009
Heart failure is a syndrome that occurs when the heart muscle is damaged or overworked, usually as a result of other diseases or conditions. This book shares facts about heart failure, tells what to expect in the short and long term, discusses treatment options and medication side effects, and gives advice on diet and exercise.
Townsend, Raymond R.
100 Questions and Answers about High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
RC685.H8 T69 2008
Hypertension is a serious condition that can damage the blood vessels and eventually lead to stroke, heart failure, heart attack, kidney failure and vision problems. This book should answer your major questions.
Turner, Glenn O.
Recognizing and Surviving Heart Attacks and Strokes: Lifesaving Advice You Need Now
RC685.I6 T87 2008
Dr. Turner's message is simple: learn all of the early warning signs, and if someone is experiencing any of them, go to the emergency room immediately.
Wood, Malissa
Smart at Heart: A Holistic 10-Step Approach to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease for Women
RC684.A48 W66 2011
Harvard-trained cardiologist Malissa Wood advocates a mind-body approach to preventing and healing heart disease by strengthening the ten "bridges" that create total heart health. While exercise and nutrition make up two of the bridges, Dr. Wood's study also shows how environment, communication and stress have a big effect on your heart. So something as simple as decluttering can positively change your physical well-being.

Browse the Shelves

Use these Library of Congress Classification Numbers to browse the shelves in the library. You can also use them to browse the Catalog.

Subject LC Classification
Heart Diseases RC 681-688
Hypertension RC682-685

Web Sites

  • American Heart Association
    The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency. The site includes resources on diseases and conditions, advocacy, lifestyle and information for adults as well as children.
  • Centers for Disease Control: Heart Disease
    This site covers facts and statistics, signs and symptoms, risk factors and FAQs on heart disease.
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005: Sodium and Potassium
    On average, the higher an individual's salt (sodium chloride) intake, the higher an individual's blood pressure. Individuals with hypertension should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day, and meet the potassium recommendation (4,700 mg/day) with food. A potassium-rich diet blunts the effects of salt on blood pressure.
  • Family Doctor: High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours
    Suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • FDA: High Blood Pressure Medicines
    A description of different types of medicine that are used to lower blood pressure: ACE Inhibitors, Beta Blockers, Calcium Channel Blockers, Peripherally Acting Alpha-Adrenergic Blockers, Angiotension II Antagonists, Vasodilators, Centrally-Acting Alpha Adrenergics, Renin Inhibitors, Combination Medicines, Diuretics.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    The site includes information for patients and the public, including clinical trials and an A to Z list of diseases and conditions.
  • MedlinePlus: Heart Diseases
    MedlinePlus offers comprehensive resources on heart disease and related topics. The site includes information on diagnosis and symptoms, treatment, prevention, online tutorials and much more.
  • MayoClinic: Heart Disease
    A site focused on providing patients and public with information about understanding, treating, and living with heart disease.

Pittsburgh Resources

  • American Heart Association - Pittsburgh PA
    The site lists local events and fundraising, with links to national information resources.
  • UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
    "Recognized both nationally and internationally as a center of diagnostic treatment, and research excellence, the UPMC Heart and Vascular Program provides a multitude of sophisticated and specialized treatments for every type of heart and vascular disease."