surgery? Coping with the challenges of recovery?
BOOK'S BIGGEST BENEFITS:
- Learn how to reduce fear and stress
before the surgery date
- Manage home recovery by
- Hear perspectives from sixty-five heart patients
and caregivers interviewed
- Five easy steps for maximizing
home team support
- Twelve tips to relieve intermittent depression
"This passionate and personal guide
will help you both survive and thrive after open-heart surgery."
— Mehmet C. Oz, MD
Vice Chairman, Cardiovascular
Services, Department of Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
"The Open Heart Companion is a superb
accomplishment and a very practical guide for patients requiring heart
surgery. It is extremely well
organized and very informative."
— Joseph A. Dearani, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
"This beautifully written, comprehensive and absolutely
accurate account of how to go into, come out of, and recover from open
heart surgery is a must for patients and physicians alike."
— Marianne J. Legato, MD, author of The Female Heart
"Where this book excels — and
many hospitals fail — is in sharing insight on . . . the transtition
from hospital to home and how to best manage the four to eight-week period
of home recovery. Highly recommended."
— Library Journal,
Howard Fuller, Stanford Health Library, Palo Alto, CA
FIND ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS:
1. Patient perspective: What are the most important challenges
I may face once home? What does the hospital discharge staff not tell you?
2. Primary caregiver: What are the most important challenges I may
face when I bring my loved one home?
3. Both patient and caregiver: How can we best arrange for family and
friends to support us during the home recovery period?
4. We've heard that open-heart patients often encounter
can be done about that?
5. Why is a second opinion so important?
6. What are the major benefits of a cardiac rehabilitation
I'm Maggie Lichtenberg, a recent open-heart patient
and Open Heart Coach. I decided the following FACTS had
FACT: Every year in the US alone, more
than 700,000 open-heart patients (current AHA figures) plod through
an arduous convalescence.
FACT: Very seldom are
heart patients told what to really expect during the stressful open-heart
surgery recovery period of 8-12 weeks.
FACT: Far too many open-heart patients and primary
caregivers don't proactively plan ahead for this very challenging time.
Open Heart Coach &
After dozens of interviews with heart patients, their
caregivers, and medical professionals, plus weaving in my own personal
story, I wrote and published
The Open Heart
Companion: Preparation and Guidance for Open-Heart Surgery Recovery to
reinforce the wisdom that knowledge is power, and that knowing what
to expect during open-heart surgery
recovery — whether bypass surgery or valve — makes
the process so much easier.
So — if you are facing a heart bypass or heart valve surgery
operation, or post-op recuperation, chapters in The
Open Heart Companion cover:
• Preparing for surgery and planning ahead
•Taking an active role with medical professionals and family
• Organizing a post-surgery 4-week home team
• Anticipating and managing your recovery at home
• The breakthrough effect of a cardiac rehab program
• A step-by-step support program to navigate the entire open-heart surgery
hospital and home recovery time — for optimal heart valve and
heart bypass surgery
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4, "Organize a Home Team"
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5, "The Challenges You May Face"
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10 for tips on handling mood swings.
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