Living Well with Heart Disease
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The key to living with heart disease is to become educated and involved in your own care, says Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, author of The Expert Guide to Beating Heart Disease. Krumholz joined WebMD Live on Feb. 15 to answer your questions.
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One of the great problems we have in medicine today is in spite of our great gains in knowledge, many people are being left behind. That is, the knowledge that we have is not always made available to all the people who could benefit from it. I wrote this book to put the critical, most essential information in people's hands and to make that information easily understandable and available to them so that they can use it to get the very best care and give themselves the best chance of beating heart disease.
Although there are many talented, dedicated health care professionals who are delivering the very best care, it is actually imperative patients take charge of their own health, educate themselves about their own health care issues and participate actively with their physician and nurses in their care. The idea of this book was first and foremost to equip patients with heart disease and those who care about them with the very essential information that can help them.
So, the first part regarding the book is about a philosophy and approach, but the second part is about content. And in that respect, I recognized a need to cut through the avalanche of overwhelming health care information that exists for patients with heart disease. To cut through the hype, through inflated claims that exist for many pet strategies and treatments. I felt that patients and their families need to understand that among the various strategies and treatments that are available, the amount of evidence that's available to support them is not all equal.
There are some strategies for which the amount of evidence is enormous, evidence which indicates that people can benefit themselves tremendously, and for which there is little controversy. There are other treatments and strategies for which the evidence is much less strong, and for which there is some controversy.