The Wisdom of Heart Health
I have no particular health issues that would lead me to read a book about heart health, but after an unsual string of events, it appeared on my desk with a request that I do the review. Now we don’t normally review books unrelated to travel, but here goes…
This book’s title, “The Wisdom of Heart Health”, made me expect a new-age book talking about balancing energy fields and herbal concoctions. I was pleasantly suprised to find a straightforward book about maintaining a healthy heart. No mysticism and quackery, simply good solid medical insight.
Doctor Ramin Manshadi’s approach is described on page two. “Perhaps we can begin to look at a healthy heart as one not simply free from disease and ailments, but one that works easily and effeciently, dependably and powerfully — so that our entire body experiences greater well being.” Technically, that’s what “holistic” means, completly separate from homeopathy and health food, simply the approach of seeking fitness and functionality and taking into account the lifestyle, not just germs and injuries.
Manshadi won me over when he talked about diets, briefly recommending a low fat, vegetable-rich diet. “There are countless diets mentioned in innumerable books and articles, some in such overwhelming detail that most people can’t keep them straight nor adhere to them.” He said that anyone who wants a customized diet should find a nutritionist.
The explanations are simple enough to understand, in one case breaking down the medical condition supraventricular tachycardia as a rapid heartbeat driven by the top of the ventrical. The book is written for the average reader.
Manshadi is a board-certified physician with the American Board of Interventional Cardiology, the American Board of Cardiology, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Nuclear Cardiology. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Cardiology at UC Davis Medical Center.