Subtitle A heart surgeon's insight into keeping your most vital organ healthy
Written by one of the eleven female heart surgeons in the whole of Australia, Dr Nikki Stamp’s Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is not a whimsical, philosophical assessment of the heart, nor is it a book that will provide you with a list of things you must do to be healthy or a plan to follow, set out day by day.
Broken down into fourteen chapters, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? explains how stress, food, fat, exercise, depression, sleep, love, gender, nutrition and genetics can all play a part when it comes to heart health so you can do your best to understand the importance of keeping your body and mind as healthy as possible. Did you know that running is the best form of exercise to keep your heart healthy? That love can help you to recover from heart disease much more effectively than those without, and that grief can literally make your heart stop? Did you know that those suffering from depression, are 1.6 times more likely to suffer heart problems than those who have never had depression? And that men and women have different symptoms when they have a heart attack (it’s not just the Hollywood clutching of the chest!)?
Packed full of interesting anecdotes of the heart health of Nikki’s patients, Nikki explains what heart failure is, how it affects our bodies both emotionally and physically, and why it is imperative that we have a greater understanding of the importance of the heart and why we should keep as healthy as possible. Nikki highlights that in the past, heart attacks have only been explored in relation to men. Did you know women are more likely to die from heart disease than they are cancer? And whilst men who suffer from heart attacks are most likely to call an ambulance, women call their mothers, believing their symptoms of nausea, headaches and back ache are just signs of being run down.
Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a fascinating insight into the workings of the heart and how emotions and lifestyle affect every beat, from a rare female voice in what is undeniably a male-dominated profession.