The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing - eBook  -     By: Mimi Guarneri M.D., FACC
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Touchstone / 2006 / ePub

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Weaving medical narrative and cutting-edge science, Dr. Mimi Guarneri explores the frontiers beyond the physical heart. Despite remarkable interventional and surgical procedures, over 650,000 new heart attacks occur annually. With groundbreaking new research, Dr. Guarneri skillfully blends the science and drama of the heart's unfolding. She reveals the heart as a multilayered, complex organ and explores the new science that indicates the heart acts as a powerhouse of its own, possessing intelligence, memory, and decision-making abilities that are separate from the mind.
She leads us on a riveting exploration of the heart's mysteries, such as why heart transplant recipients may suddenly display unique characteristics of their donor or why someone who has normal coronary arteries may experience a heart attack. For it is only by knowing the whole heart - the mental heart, affected by hostility, stress, and depression; the emotional heart, able to be crushed by loss; the intelligent heart, with a nervous system all its own; the spiritual heart, which yearns for a higher purpose; and the universal heart, which communicates with others - that we can truly heal.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Touchstone
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 9780743296779
ISBN-13: 9780743296779
Availability: In Stock

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WEAVING MEDICAL NARRATIVE AND CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE, DR. MIMI GUARNERI EXPLORES THE FRONTIERS BEYOND THE PHYSICAL HEART.

Every day, 2,600 Americans die of cardiovascular disease -- one person every thirty-three seconds. Ten times more women die of heart disease than breast cancer. Despite remarkable interventional and surgical procedures, over 650,000 new heart attacks occur annually. With groundbreaking new research, Dr. Guarneri skillfully blends the science and drama of the heart's unfolding. She reveals the heart as a multilayered, complex organ and explores the new science that indicates the heart acts as a powerhouse of its own, possessing intelligence, memory, and decision-making abilities that are separate from the mind.

When Dr. Guarneri was only eight, her vivacious forty-year-old mother died of a heart attack. To overcome the powerlessness she felt that night in Brooklyn when her mother was taken from her, she became a cardiologist -- healing her own heart by healing the hearts of her patients. Dr. Guarneri spent her early years as an overworked, sleep-deprived medical student, trained to view the heart as a simple mechanical pump. She came to realize through the lives of her patients, her own medical journeys, and breakthroughs in heart research that medicine is not just about stitching up patients and sending them on their way. The heart may be "broken" as much by loneliness and depression as high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. The lessons of the heart are as much about forgiveness and gratefulness as they are about genetics and nutrition. And healing the heart can have much more to do with healing a mind and soul than we ever knew.

From the racing heartbeats of cardiac emergencies to the gentle rhythms of healing touch, Dr. Guarneri draws us into the intimate moments of life and death. She leads us on a riveting exploration of the heart's mysteries, such as why heart transplant recipients may suddenly display unique characteristics of their donor or why someone who has normal coronary arteries may experience a heart attack. For it is only by knowing the whole heart -- the mental heart, affected by hostility, stress, and depression; the emotional heart, able to be crushed by loss; the intelligent heart, with a nervous system all its own; the spiritual heart, which yearns for a higher purpose; and the universal heart, which communicates with others -- that we can truly heal.

Editorial Reviews

"This is an honest, informative, and moving book by a leader in the transformation of medicine and health care. I recommend it." -- Andrew Weil, M. D., author of Healthy Aging
"Like all genuine healers throughout history, Dr. Mimi Guarneri knows the power of story to heal, to make whole. She is a physician of the heart, in all its many meanings. Good medicine cures. Great medicine heals. The brand of medicine in The Heart Speaks does both." -- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
"Dr. Mimi Guarneri is a rare physician equally at home opening the heart with stents and also with compassion. She is a brilliant technician and a powerful healer. In this deeply personal book, she describes the heart in all its dimensions, integrating the latest advances in state-of-the-art science with ancient wisdom, drawing from her extraordinary experiences. This book can change your life and might even save it." -- Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Love & Survival
"In her groundbreaking and heartwarming book, Dr. Guarneri has quite literally gotten to the heart of healing. Blending the latest research with unforgettable true stories, she teaches us how to listen to our heart's subtle language, think with its wisdom, rejoice in its loving memories, and connect with other hearts." -- Paul Pearsall, Ph.D., author of The Heart's Code: Tapping the Wisdom and Power of Our Heart Energy

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