Self help books


The Heart Recovery Book
June 15, 2006
Price: £5 including p &p in UK


The heart Recovery Book is a gold mine of information on how to recover after a heart attack, stroke, or treatment for heart disease. Because regaining health after experiencing a condition that affects the heart or indeed heart surgery can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle, a life experience leading many to question why this happened. A time after medical intervention when support and guidance is essential to assist your journey of self-discovery to deal with any life happenings which may have contributed to your heart condition, whilst learning self-promoting changes which build personal resolve to adapt life style practices to generate wellbeing.
Using over thirty years’ experience of providing rehabilitation programs, Irene has put her knowledge and the personal experiences of those attending these programs into a self-help rehabilitation guide. Its content includes comprehensive and practical guidelines covering rehabilitation, such as post-surgical symptoms and how to breathe without hurting your wound, to the wider aspects of lifestyle management – overcoming stress and conquering habits that may have contributed to heart disease.
The self-help topics covered include:

  • Taking medication and seeing your doctor again
  • Practical issues such as work, driving and holidays
  • Coping with emotions and stress
  • Using power of the mind to stimulate a healthy immune system
  • Step by step rehabilitation programme
  • Detailed exercises and safety tips
  • Diaphragmatic breathing techniques and relaxation exercises
  • How to give up smoking and control the amount you drink
  • Healthy eating habits

This book has been endorsed not only by those who attended such programs or family members who wanting to help their loved one recover have read this book, but also by Shirley Hall, British Heart Foundation Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager who after reviewing this book, reported: “This is a very useful and down to earth book, with very practical tips on how to deal with areas such as stress and anxiety. It is easy to read and understand and should be very helpful to anyone who has had a heart problem and their family.
The message is simple: it’s never too late to improve your health and wellbeing, so start today and learn to become your own health coach.