Smart At Heart

Smart At Heart

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If you are one of the millions of women who has been diagnosed with heart disease or are at risk for developing it, you might be surprised to learn that simple life changes will profoundly affect your health. According to a revolutionary study by Harvard-trained cardiologist Malissa Wood, true cardiovascular health must address the whole heart--its physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Dr. Wood's findings form the basis of Smart at Heart, a breakthrough mind-body approach to preventing and healing heart disease by strengthening the ten "bridges" that create total heart health. By exploring these ten key areas of your life, you can fight heart disease. For example, while exercise and nutrition are known to improve cardiac health (and make up two of the bridges), Dr. Wood's study also shows how small changes to your environment, the way you communicate, or how you handle stress has a big effect on your heart. So something as commonplace as clearing out the clutter from your home can positively change not only your emotions, but also your physical well-being. Heart disease is a serious diagnosis and if you are at risk, there's a lot you can do to improve your own health. Smart at Heart empowers you with the solutions you need--backed up by science--to create a healthy, whole heart.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • 158761278X
  • 9781587612787
  • 1,938,825

About Malissa Wood

MALISSA WOOD, MD, is the codirector of the Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She sits on the board of the Northeast affiliate of the American Heart Association. DIMITY McDOWELL, a health and fitness writer, has been a contributing editor at Shape and Women's Health. She is the coauthor of Run Like a Mother. Visit
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"If improving your general health and longevity is on your to-do list, this book is for you. Dr. Wood shares cutting-edge research, personal anecdotes, and inspirational patient stories in a heartfelt guide that will touch your heart and improve your health."
--Marie Pasinski, MD, author of Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You "Smart at Heart is a wonderful combination of up-to-date medical information and realistic advice, all from a cardiologist who manages to be humble, sensible, and caring. Any woman who wonders how she can improve her heart health should read it."
--Alice Domar, PhD, director of Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, coauthor of Live a Little
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Table of contents

Introduction . . . . . 1
     chapter one
Smart at Heart . . . . . 9
     chapter two
The Physical Health Bridge . . . . . 33
     chapter three
The Emotional Health Bridge . . . . . 71
     chapter four
The Stress Management Bridge . . . . . 89
     chapter five
The Exercise Bridge . . . . . 115
     chapter six
The Nutrition Bridge . . . . . 137
     chapter seven
The Relationship Bridge . . . . . 163
     chapter eight
The Communication Bridge . . . . . 189
     chapter nine
The Environment Bridge . . . . . 207
     chapter ten
The Mindfulness Bridge . . . . . 225
     chapter eleven
The Modification Bridge . . . . . 241
Postscript: Staying Smart at Heart . . . . . 253
Notes . . . . . 257
About the Authors . . . . . 275
Index . . . . . 276
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