My personal interest in women's heart health was established on a fall day in 1991, the day my mother suffered a heart attack at age 47. Twenty years later she is still walking the earth, but her heart problems continue to follow her. With that in my history, I quickly consumed the information in Malissa Wood's, MD, book Smart at Heart: a holistic 10-step approach to preventing and healing heart disease for women.
Immediately Wood grabs the readers attention with a statistic that I had heard before, "....in 2006, over 430,000 women died from cardiovascular disease while about 270,000 died from various cancer -- public awareness is disturbingly low." From there she outlines 10 areas where women can focus on making improvements:
- physical health;
- emotional health;
- stress management;
- mindfullness; and
Easy to read and full of simple, practical changes, the book is a must read for any women or anyone who cares about a women. As an attorney, wife, business owner, mother of two young children, etc., stress piles up in my life. While I focus on eating well and exercise, after reading this book I will be putting equal attention to smart management of my stress.