From the Heart: A Woman's Guide to Living Well with Heart Disease
Da Capo Press, 2007 - 263 pages
After undergoing emergency bypass surgery at age forty-two, Kathy Kastan found her world shifting in unexpected ways. Everything-her sense of well being, her relationships, her daily routine, even her body image-seemed to change. Doctors could help her recover physically, but she had to find new ways to recover emotionally and re-create a happy, healthy life. The first book written for women dealing with the emotional repercussions of heart disease, From the Heart will guide women forward with optimism and courage, addressing such questions as: How do you regain a strong self-image? Grapple with your fears? Talk to the people you love about your illness? And learn to trust your body again? Combining Kastan’s personal experience and expertise as a therapist with stories from scores of other women with heart disease, this invaluable resource will help women reduce stress, give up hard-to- break habits, adapt to new lifestyles-and thrive again.
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Kastan was a seemingly healthy 42-year-old woman when she suddenly required emergency bypass surgery that left her with debilitating chronic chest pain. Luckily, WomenHeart: The National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease was there to refer her to a women's heart center, which helped her get proper medication, rehabilitation, and support. Now the president of that organization, Kastan felt that doctors healed her body well but provided no tools for dealing with the emotional aspects of her heart disease. To fill that gap, the author discusses what happens once a woman is home from the hospital. Setting realistic expectations, communicating with family and friends, and dealing with depression, changed body image, and sexuality are important. Navigating the healthcare system, adjusting work conditions, and strengthening relationships with family and friends are vital. Including quotes from 100 female patients, family members, and health professionals describing the recovery process, this first book to deal specifically with the emotional aspects of heart disease in women is highly recommended for public and consumer health libraries.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA
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Checking Your Emotional Pulse
Getting the Help You Need
Following Your Doctors Orders
Rebuilding Your Sense of Self
Coping with Change
Negotiating the Outer World
Negotiating the Healthcare System
Becoming an Advocate for Change
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