by Pierre S Aoukar, MD and Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD
Posted: February 16
We all know someone who has heart disease. Chances are, you know a lot of people who’ve been affected by this modern plague. What you find out from friends, family and even your doctor is only a small part of the story. In speaking with patients hospitalized for heart disease—whether to undergo open-heart surgery or an angioplasty, or just for diagnostic tests—we found that patients were poorly educated in their disease and the precise state of their health. We found that they would leave the hospital and resume the same bad habits that landed them in the hospital in the first place. Furthermore, we noticed that family and friends of patients were just as eager to learn about the disease as patients themselves. A large part of medicine is patient-education. We realized that although we were treating patients, we were not educating them properly. As a physician you don’t recognize that the worst time to explain a disease to the patient is soon after telling them their diagnosis—that is, until you, the physician become the patient. That is exactly what we have done here. We’ve put ourselves into your shoes and written on everything we could possibly conceive would have anything to do with the heart. If you’re a white male over 21 or a woman over 50, the odds are, you already have heart disease; you just don’t know it.
Our goal, however, is to teach you to take charge of your health. We do not preach fad diets or peddle magic pills. Life is not that easy. There certainly is no easy way around heart disease. Your greatest enemy is the hand with which you eat. The place to begin reforming your life begins with your dinner plate and ends with your walking shoes. We hope that you will contemplate the things you will read and if necessary, you will slowly and willingly make the effort necessary for a heart healthier life. You can come back to the site as many times as you have to. And even then, if you are still not motivated towards healthier living, you’ve at least armed yourself with the knowledge to do so. In the end, the will must come from you.
Getting Motivated, Excerpt from the book: Everything Good For The Heart: The A to Z Guide, Aoukar PS and Karamanoukian HL. Magalhaes Scientific Press
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