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Contents

 

 Chapter I

1. Introduction

 

2. How your heart works

 

3. Anatomy of the heart

 

4. How your heart works

 

5. What can go wrong with my heart?

 

 

6. Coronary artery disease

 

6.1 Risks of smoking

 

6.2 Risks of high blood pressure

 

6.2.1 Facts and figures

 

6.2.2 Measurement of blood pressure

 

6.2.3 Self-help

 

6.2.4 Treatment

 

6.3 Risks of high cholesterol levels

 

6.3.1 Facts and figures

 

6.3.2 Sel-help

 

6.3.3 Treatment

 

6.4 Other risk factors for coronary heart disease

 

6.4.1 Being overweight - obesity

 

6.4.2 Stress

 

6.4.3 Diabetes

 

6.4.4 Illegal drugs

 

6.5 Women and coronary heart disease

 

7. Angina

 

7.1Symptoms

 

7.2 Tests

 

7.3 ECG

 

7.4 Angiogram

 

7.5 Treatment

 

7.6 Medication

 

7.6.1 Nitrates

 

7.6.2 Beta-blockers

 

7.6.3 Calcium antagonists

 

7.6.4 Potassium channel activators

 

7.6.5 Taking your medication

 

7.7 Surgery

 

7.7.1 Angioplasty

 

7.7.2 Bypass surgery

 

7.8 Other treatments for angina

 

8. Heart attacks

 

8.1 Symptoms

 

8.2 Heart attack - The event

 

8.3 Going to hospital

 

8.4 Recovery period

 

8.5 Emotional problems after a heart attack

 

8.6 Treatment

 

8.7 Helping yourself

 

8.7.1 Exercise

 

8.7.2 Diet

 

9. Heart failure

 

9.1 Causes

 

9.2 Symptoms

 

9.3 Tests

 

9.4 Treatment

 

9.5 Medication

 

9.6 Surgery

 

10. Palpitations

 

10.1 Types of palpitations

 

10.2 Self-help

 

10.3 Tests

 

10.4 Treatment

 

10.5 Atrial fibrillation

 

10.5.1 Tests for atrial fibrillation

 

10.5.2 Treatment for atrial fibrillation

 

10.6 Other abnormal heartbeats

 

10.7 Blackouts

 

11. Valve disease

 

11.1 Causes

 

11.2 Symptoms

 

11.3 Tests

 

11.4 Treatment

 

11.5 Infection

 

12. Sex and the heart

 

12.1Questions you may find difficult to ask your doctor

 

13. Diet

 

13.1Food types and eating healthily

 

13.1.1 Fats

 

13.1.2 Fibre

 

13.1.3 Sugar

 

13.1.4 Salt

 

13.1.5 Garlic

 

13.1.6 Drinks

 

13.1.7 Snacks

 

14. Losing weight

 

15. Exercise

 

15.1Why bother?

 

15.2 How much?

 

15.3 Safety

 

15.4 Choosing your exercise

 

Chapter II

 

1. Glossary of terms

 

2. Practising what we preach

 

3. Useful websites

 

4. Useful publications

 

5. Guideline desirable weight in adults

 

 

 

 

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