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Life after a heart attack

(ran SP, NP, TP, PA, HE editions)

A heart attack usually prompts lifestyle changes, but knowing where to start can be frustrating. Learning how to prevent a second attack and quitting bad habits such as smoking are easier said than done.

Medical director of the Cardiac Health Center in New York City and Cornell University medical professor Dr. Paul Kligfield aims to alleviate the burden in his new book, The Cardiac Recovery Handbook: The Complete Guide to Life After Heart Attack or Heart Surgery (Penguin; $21.95).

The book provides a brief education on why attacks happen and what research is being done. It also teaches how to practice healthy eating habits to lower cholesterol, how to cope with quitting smoking and how to overcome stress or depression. The back of the book includes a glossary of medical terms, a list of resources and a list of commonly prescribed cardiovascular medications.