The heart is one of the most important organs in our body, yet many of us know surprisingly little about it. Chances are that you know someone who has suffered from some complication relating to the heart. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer in both men and women, and most people’s risk is higher than they might have imagined. The good news is that most of the risk factors for cardiovascular complications are entirely preventable with lifestyle changes.
In Ticker Talk: Know Your Heart, cardiologist Dr. Dia Smiley goes into detail about the various heart pathologies, including symptoms, statistics, and risk factors. Each section also discusses how to prevent the risk factor associated with these pathologies, including knowing your family history, modifying your diet, getting sufficient exercise, and decreasing stress. Getting regular checkups and knowing your numbers are paramount in the prevention of heart disease. The information in this book can help you take ownership over your heart and your health and can potentially improve, perhaps even save, your life or the life of someone close to you.