Smart at Heart

A Holistic 10-Step Approach to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease for Women

Publisher: Celestial Arts
If you are one of the millions of women who has been diagnosed with heart disease or are at risk for developing it, you might be surprised to learn that simple life changes will profoundly affect your health. According to a revolutionary study by Harvard-trained cardiologist Malissa Wood, true cardiovascular health must address the whole heart--its physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects.
Dr. Wood’s findings form the basis of Smart at Heart, a breakthrough mind-body approach to preventing and healing heart disease by strengthening the ten “bridges” that create total heart health. By exploring these ten key areas of your life, you can fight heart disease. For example, while exercise and nutrition are known to improve cardiac health (and make up two of the bridges), Dr. Wood’s study also shows how small changes to your environment, the way you communicate, or how you handle stress has a big effect on your heart. So something as commonplace as clearing out the clutter from your home can positively change not only your emotions, but also your physical well-being.
Heart disease is a serious diagnosis and if you are at risk, there’s a lot you can do to improve your own health. Smart at Heart empowers you with the solutions you need--backed up by science--to create a healthy, whole heart.


chapter one
Smart at Heart
It’s a Monday night, a few weeks before Christmas. Around 5:30, thirteen women file into a conference room at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Revere Health Center in Revere, Massachusetts. Some grab a clementine from a table of healthy snacks, while...
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“If improving your general health and longevity is on your to-do list, this book is for you. Dr. Wood shares cutting-edge research, personal anecdotes, and inspirational patient stories in a heartfelt guide that will touch your heart and improve your health.”
--Marie Pasinski, MD, author of Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You
“Smart at Heart is a wonderful combination of up-to-date medical information and realistic advice, all from a cardiologist who manages to be humble, sensible, and caring. Any woman who wonders how she can improve her heart health should read it.”
--Alice Domar, PhD, director of Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, coauthor of Live a Little