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Fight Heart Disease Like Cancer

Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE

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A new approach to understanding, preventing, and treating heart disease to empower you and your loved ones to live long and healthy lives.

The main cause of heart disease—the world's number one killer of women and men—is a cancer-like "tumor" inside the coronary arteries that keep our hearts beating. Although this similarity to cancer is well-established in medical journals, most people (and their health care providers) don't approach heart disease as seriously as cancer, even though it's just as deadly. In Fight Heart Disease Like Cancer, cardiologist Michael McConnell shares the stories of...

A new approach to understanding, preventing, and treating heart disease to empower you and your loved ones to live long and healthy lives.

The main cause of heart disease—the world's number one killer of women and men—is a cancer-like "tumor" inside the coronary arteries that keep our hearts beating. Although this similarity to cancer is well-established in medical journals, most people (and their health care providers) don't approach heart disease as seriously as cancer, even though it's just as deadly. In Fight Heart Disease Like Cancer, cardiologist Michael McConnell shares the stories of his family, patients, and research to lay out a modern and effective approach to preventing, screening for, and treating heart disease like cancer to avoid its dire consequences.

Dr. McConnell highlights the latest research on the substantial overlap between heart disease and cancer, from shared risk factors to screening for early detection to new and powerful therapies. In accessible language, and with personal perspectives from his daughters Mia and Kelly, he explains

• how heart disease grows in similar ways to cancer
• how to screen for early heart disease
• prevention techniques that incorporate both a heart-healthy lifestyle and medical help when needed
• simple and powerful therapies to reverse heart disease and prevent heart attacks and strokes
• digital health technologies, including wearable devices and artificial intelligence, that broaden access for detecting and monitoring heart disease

Dr. McConnell, through his work with the American Heart Association and the National Fitness Foundation, also highlights the many ways our society can reduce heart disease for all. Fight Heart Disease Like Cancer will guide you step-by-step on how to prevent, screen for, and treat heart disease to live a healthier and longer life.

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Mike McConnell uses both personal stories and profound science to develop an approach to heart disease that leverages new discoveries and well-developed strategies. Along the way, Mike writes with humility and infuses his spirit of entrepreneurship. He acquaints us with potentially stunning new technologies, including AI. This book won't disappoint; more importantly, it just might help.

Fight Heart Disease Like Cancer is a lucid, thorough overview of heart disease and ways to prevent it. An experienced clinician and researcher, McConnell shares accounts of illness in his own family which adds to this book being highly readable and personal.

Dr. McConnell presents a unique look at heart disease prevention and treatment in the context of how we diagnose and treat cancer. Fight Heart Disease Like Cancer covers everything from the traditional measurements for heart disease risk to genetics, imaging, and wearable technology that arms us with the tools to diagnose, treat, and prevent heart disease—the leading killer of men and women.

Dr. McConnell's guidance helped me fight heart disease so I could help raise my granddaughter. I learned to take an active part in improving my heart health, and I encourage you to read my story and the others in this book so you too can stay healthy for your loved ones.

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9
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232
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9781421448466
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3 halftones
Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1 Straight Talk: Heart Disease Is Like Cancer, Only Worse
Chapter 2 How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 3 Learning from Cancer in My Family and Myself
Chapter 4 Understanding Your Heart and

Introduction
Chapter 1 Straight Talk: Heart Disease Is Like Cancer, Only Worse
Chapter 2 How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 3 Learning from Cancer in My Family and Myself
Chapter 4 Understanding Your Heart and Its Vulnerability
Chapter 5 How Can "Tumors" Cause Heart Attacks?
Chapter 6 Beyond "Tumors" in the Heart
Chapter 7 Cancer and Heart Disease Intertwined
Chapter 8 Prevention over Imaging
Chapter 9 Prevent Like It's Cancer
Chapter 10 Screen Like It's Cancer
Chapter 11 Treat Like It's Cancer
Chapter 12 Treating Cancer and Heart Disease Can Overlap
Chapter 13 Digital Health and AI to the Rescue?
Chapter 14 The Bigger Picture
Chapter 15 My Next (Work) Chapter
Chapter 16 My Next (Life) Chapter
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
References
Index

Author Bio
Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE
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Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE

Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE (LOS ALTOS HILLS, CA), is a cardiologist and clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has worked with Apple, Google, and Fitbit on digital health initiatives and has spent more than 25 years researching heart disease and practicing preventive cardiology. All author royalties from sales of this book will be donated to the American...