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Heart 411 is the definitive guide to heart health, written by two of America's most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the #1 hospital for heart health in America.

Backed by decades of clinical experience and up-to-the-minute research, yet written in the accessible, down-to-earth tone of your trusted family doctor, Heart 411 cuts through the confusion to give you the knowledge and tools you need to live a long and heart-healthy life.


  • How to tell fact from fiction: Sorting through the medical evidence
  • Coronary heart disease: The risk factors you know and those that you don't
  • Food for the heart
  • Stents vs. surgery for coronary heart disease
  • Vitamins and supplements: Trick or treatment?

…and more.

It's the only heart health reference book you'll ever need.

There's no greater gift you can give to friends, family and loved ones than the gift of health.

Meet | See | Hear the Authors

June 13

Wellness Grand Rounds

Cleveland Clinic's main campus, NA5-08
9500 Euclid Ave.
Noon - 1 p.m.

July 17

Heart Health Talk

Cleveland Clinic's main campus, Bunts Auditorium
9500 Euclid Ave.
Noon - 1 p.m.


February 3

Book Signing

Cleveland Clinic Wellness Store
9500 Euclid Ave., Miller Pavilion
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

February 17

Book Signing

Five Seasons Family Sports Club
28105 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH 44145
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

February 22

Book Signing

Barnes & Noble
28801 Chagrin Blvd.
Woodmere, OH 44122
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

February 23

Event, Book Signing

A Heart Healthy Event
Mayfield Church
7747 Mayfield Road
Chesterland, OH 44026
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

March 30

Interactive Presentation & Book Signing

Lakewood Employee Wellness Event and Diabetes Alert Day
14519 Detroit Rd.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Noon - 1 p.m.

April 26

Book Signing

The Learned Owl
96 Library Street
Hudson, OH 44236
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

May 4

Fairview Hospital Wellness Event and Book Signing

Fairview Hospital
18101 Lorain Ave.
Noon - 1 p.m.

Nothing currently scheduled; please check back.


April 25

The Doctors
3 p.m. ET

January 29

Fox 8 Weekend Morning Show
10:45 a.m.

February 6

Ohio News Network

February 9

Dr. Nissen and Dr. Gillinov to appear on WKYC's "Good Company"
9:45 a.m.

February 10

Feagler & Friends
8:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

February 12

Feagler & Friends
11:30 a.m. - Noon

Nothing currently scheduled; please check back.


February 8

Regina Brett Show
7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

February 9

WTAM News Radio
Wills and Snyder Morning Show
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

February 23

WAMC Health Show
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

February 26

WAMC Health Show
6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

February 29

The Tavis Smiley Show
PBS Stations
Visit the PBS website for dates and times

March 5

KBOO 90.7 Portland, OR
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

March 10

Phoenix Radio interview with Dr. Roizen
5:33 p.m.

March 14

Sirius XM Doctor Radio
6 a.m. - 7 a.m.

March 22

The Joy Cardin Show
Wisconsin Public Radio
7 p.m. - 8 a.m.

April 9

"Is Chocolate Good for Heart Health?"
9:15 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

May 5

The Dr. Harry Fisch Radio Show
8 p.m.

Nothing currently scheduled; please check back.


January 31

Twitter chat with Dr. Gillinov
Noon - 1 p.m. #heart411

February 2

Wear Red Event

Jewish Federation/Mandel Building

February 9

Health Walk Leadership Event

February 17

Heart Month Webinar

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

February 21

2012 Health Talks for Volunteers

Nothing currently scheduled; please check back.


February 10

Ask the Heart Doctor with Dr. Nissen


February 21

Ask the Heart Surgeon with Dr. Gillinov


USA Today

The Neff Review

L.A. Times

Healthy Hearts Blog

Ben Coes

The Patient's Guide to Heart Valve Surgery


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Science-Based Medicine

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kirkus Reviews

"Preventative care for your cardiac plumbing, and steps to rectify what has gone amiss, from heart surgeon Gillinov and cardiologist Nissen.

With an affable thoroughness, the authors inform readers about the world of coronary heart disease. Their desire is to communicate effectively, and they convey a come-check-this-out enthusiasm that will pique readers curiosity. They start by pointing a finger at the standard causes of problems: toxic diets, lack of exercise, dangerous prescription combinations, emotional stress, high blood pressure, smoking, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and a family history of such disease. The authors leisurely investigate all manner of heart issues: They judge the quality of late-breaking medical advice coming through the media; provide a deep profile of cholesterol; chart the factor of obesity in coronary heart disease; and highlight unfamiliar risk factors like rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease (people who rarely or never brushed their teeth faced a 70 percent increase in their risk of suffering a heart attack or other serious cardiac event over an eight-year period. We suspect they also had really bad breath). The authors examine diet and exercise; anger, anxiety and the physiology of stress; the extended family of heart-rhythm problems; the known benefits in the turbid world of vitamins and supplements; and the notion that a healthy sex life correlates with a healthy heart. They also discuss basic heart tests, advanced surgery and warning signs, and suggest how to choose a doctor or a hospital. The text is designed so readers can either drop in on a specific topic or extend their understanding by reading the entire chapter to gain the broad, contextual picture.

This book is like the doctor of old–white coat, black bag, stethoscope–ready to counsel from broad experience. So listen and act."

-- Kirkus Reviews

Read What Others Are Saying About Heart 411

Paul Anka: Singer, Songwriter & Actor

"It seems every time we turn around or view through all kinds of media, it's all about health. Your latest work is an irreplaceable book with all kinds of helpful insight and guidelines that enrich our lives and our longevity. It is relevant information that we all must be aware of. This is one companion that all of us who lead a preventive lifestyle should have. This book has uniquely useful information for us all. Kudos to you both!"

Paul Anka
Singer, Songwriter & Actor

Ted Danson: Emmy & Golden Globe Award-winning performer

"Every one of us, no matter how good we feel, faces a risk of heart disease. Heart 411 reveals the secrets you must know to ensure your heart health."

Ted Danson
Emmy & Golden Globe Award winning performer

Mary Joe Fernandez: Olympic Gold Medalist

"It's rare a book so vital to health is also such an engaging and entertaining read. Heart 411 is an invaluable resource, and one that I would recommend everyone add to their reading list."

Mary Joe Fernandez
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist & ESPN & CBS Commentator

Larry King: Emmy Award winner and television host

"As a heart disease survivor, I look for the best information I can find, and I've found it in Heart 411. It is essential reading for patients like me, as well as those who want to keep their heart healthy. In a world filled with conflicting information, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen separate fact from fiction, providing patients and their families with easy-to-use tools to understand heart disease and find the best possible care. It has become my go-to book!"

Larry King
Emmy Award winner and television host; founder of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme: Emmy & Grammy Award winning performers

"Dr. Gillinov and Dr. Nissen have written a very important and informative book. We learned so much. This book should be in every adult's library."

"Read Heart 411 and you may never have to call...'911.'"

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
Emmy & Grammy Award winning performers

Patrick T. O'Gara, MD: Director, Clinical Cardiology, Brigham & Women's Hospital

"In the 21st century, we are held to the expectation that health care be safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. Achieving these goals requires the free flow of unbiased information to allow for informed and shared decision-making. With this book, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen provide patients and their families a balanced, evidence-based, and practical view of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common cardiovascular diseases. The reader will find it a trustworthy reference to help focus their understanding and navigate the maze of information overload that surrounds us."

Patrick T. O'Gara, M.D.
Director, Clinical Cardiology, Brigham & Women's Hospital; professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Oz: Dr. Oz talk show host

"Two world experts in heart disease have crafted Heart 411 to serve as a blue print to put themselves out of business by guiding us to optimize our heart health. If you have a heart question, look no further."

Dr. Mehmet Oz
Dr. Oz talk show host; Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery
NYP/Columbia University

Don Rickles: Comedian

"I commend your dedicated research of the heart; may you continue helping the young and old with this most important study."

Don Rickles

Robert Sutton: Stanford professor

"A useful and - dare I say - fun masterpiece. Reading Heart 411 is like having your own personal consultation with two of the most skilled and compassionate heart doctors on the planet. Gillinov and Nissen provide a delightful blend of the latest research, moving experiences with patients at the renowned Cleveland Clinic, and warmth and humor to show each of us how to live a longer, healthier, and happier life."

Robert Sutton
Stanford professor & author of New York Times bestsellers Good Boss, Bad Boss & The No Asshole Rule

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Meet the Doctors

MARC GILLINOV, MD, is a staff cardiac surgeon at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. View Doctor's Profile

STEVEN NISSEN, MD, is the chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. View Doctor's Profile

For the 20th consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic's heart program has ranked as the best in the nation, earning the No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report's “2014-15 Best Hospitals.” Since 1994, no hospital in the country has ranked higher than Cleveland Clinic in cardiac care.

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