Based on the innovative Cardiac Wellness Program at the world-renowned Mind/Body Medical Institute, founded by pioneering physician and researcher Herbert Benson, M.D., Mind Your Heart offers a balanced and holistic approach to heart health that combines lifestyle changes with cutting-edge medical procedures.
While the authors do discuss medication and surgical treatments, Casey and Benson emphasize the importance of risk factors such as depression, anger, hostility, decreased social support, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition then outline self-care strategies that help change these behaviors. With this program, you can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, lose weight, increase physical fitness, and help prevent and manage heart disease. Also included in Mind Your Heart are a number of strategies to better manage stress. Further help comes with the many quizzes, self-assessment exercises and sidebars interspersed throughout the book.
“Mind Your Heart is the definitive guide to heart-healthy eating,” declares Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Inner Peace for Busy People. “Wise, accessible, informative, and practical, this book is the lifesaver you’ve been looking for.”
Herbert Benson, M.D, the founding President on the Mind/Body Medical Institute, is the Mind/Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School . A pioneer in mind/body medicine, he defined the relaxation response and continues to lead teaching and research into its efficacy in counteracting the harmful effects of stress.
Aggie Casey, M.S., R.N., is the Director and Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Cardiac Wellness Program. She is also a researcher and the Clinical Director of Affiliate Cardiac Programs at the Mind/Body Medical Institute and an Associate in Medicine, Harvard Medical School.