Dear Heart Patients and CaregiversThe Open Heart Companion: Preparation and Guidance for Open-Heart Surgery Recovery, whether heart bypass recovery or valve surgery recovery

Plan ahead with tips and strategies for both open-heart bypass or valve surgery preparation and home recovery with this highly praised companion guide for patients and caregivers
The Open Heart Companion:

Preparation and Guidance for Open Heart Surgery Recovery

Read this book to help you to:
    • Know what to expect before & after open-heart bypass or valve surgery
    • Maximize support options — organize a Home Team
    • Reduce fear and stress
    • Empower yourself by planning ahead

Click here for complete Book Description
whether you are facing, or recuperating from,
open-heart bypass surgery or valve surgery

See 90-second video on why Maggie Lichtenberg
wrote this book

Click here for Guidelines and Checklists

Click here for Table of Contents

Click here to preview Chapter 4, "Organize a Home Team"

Click here to preview Chapter 5, "The Challenges You May Face"

Click here to read a portion of Chapter 10 for tips on handling mood swings.

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"Must reading for anyone who requires open-heart surgery."

Christiane Northrup, MD




"This passionate and personal guide will help you both survive and thrive after open-heart surgery."

Mehmet C. Oz, MD

FOR THE RECOVERY TIME AFTER OPEN-HEART SURGERY — whether open-heart bypass surgery or a value operation — please also consider:


The Recovery Organizer, a practical 9-page e-booklet, to plan ahead for both the surgery date and for several weeks during open-heart bypass recovery or open-heart valve recovery.  Click here for more information. Preview the Recovery Organizer outline here.  Then you may order your copy.

"Because it outlines a series of plans for thoughtful and collaborative action, this book will be equally useful for patients and for those assisting in the care of a family member or friend."
Kathleen Blake, MD, cardiologist at The New Mexico Heart Institute; from her Foreword to The Open Heart Companion

FREE Phone Support Group

Join the next free monthly open-heart surgery phone support group for both heart patients and caregivers, hosted by recent open-heart patient and Open Heart Coach, Maggie Lichtenberg. Share mutual support whether you are preparing for surgery or managing your recovery at home.

"We give out this book to all our patients. . . . They're really grateful to get it."
Francie Handler, RN, BSN, CMC, St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe, NM

FREE Monthly Newsletter

Subscribe to our free monthly online newsletter, Heart to Heart. Topics of the day, drawn from chapters in the book, cover everything from how to feel well prepared for the surgery date, organizing a home team, dealing with emotional ups and downs, to the excitement of being healed enough to enroll in a cardiac rehabilitation program.

"A terrific resource . . . drawn from dozens of patient and caregiver interviews, the book is filled with specific exercises and insights to make the open-heart experience easier on the patient and loved ones."
Amy Verstappen, President, Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)

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