Heart 411

Heart 411: The Only Heart Book You’ll Ever Need

The authors are in complete agreement about why they wrote Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need.

“There’s a lot of wrong, unsubstantiated misinformation out there,” says Steven Nissen, MD, Chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, holder of the Lewis and Patricia Dickey Chair in Cardiovascular Research, and one of the book’s authors. 

“Myths abound,” co-author and Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD, adds. “There was really no single place to get the scientific, evidence-based information that people need to prevent heart disease.”

Early reviews of Heart 411 have praised its educational yet entertaining tone, crediting the two highly respected physician-authors with creating a thorough, well-written resource for anyone with heart disease or those looking for ways to reduce their risk.

 “We wanted the book to be comprehensive,” says Dr. Gillinov, who holds the Judith Dion Pyle Endowed Chair in Heart Valve Research. “If you have questions, the answer is in here. When writing, we thought of ourselves as a jury – a jury that looked at all evidence and worked to find the best way to get information to the public.”

Dr. Nissen agrees. “We judged the evidence as a jury might: Do we know something is good beyond a reasonable doubt? If the evidence is not there, we tell people. We were not afraid to say there is not a definitive answer yet; not enough research has been done,” he says.

From diet and exercise, to medical tests and procedures, to the impact of stress and hereditary factors, the book is encyclopedic in scope. “No subjects are taboo,” Dr. Nissen says. “We talk about sex and drinking. We did not shrink from controversy and there were no sacred cows. There’s been enormous progress, but heart disease is still the number one killer of men and women.”

Heart 411 is available at book stores and online retailers beginning Jan. 30. “This book is for you if you have heart disease,” says Dr. Gillinov, “or if you don’t want to get heart disease.”

Join authors Drs. Nissen and Gillinov at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Barnes & Noble, Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere, Ohio.

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