In State of the Heart, Dr. Haider Warraich takes readers inside the ER, inside patients' rooms, and inside the history and science of cardiac disease.
State of the Heart traces the entire arc of the heart, from the very first time it was depicted on stone tablets, to a future in which it may very well become redundant. While heart disease has been around for a while, the type of heart disease people have, why they have it, and how it’s treated is changing. Yet, the golden age of heart science is only just beginning. And with treatments of heart disease altering the very definitions of human life and death, there is no better time to look at the present and future of heart disease, the doctors and nurses who treat it, the patients and caregivers who live with it, and the stories they hold close to their chests.
More people die of heart disease than any other disease in the world and when any form of heart disease progresses, it can result in the development of heart failure. Heart failure affects millions and can affect anyone at anytime, a child recovering from a viral infection, a woman who has just given birth or a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy. Yet new technology to treat heart failure is fundamentally changing just what it means to be human. Mechanical pumps can be surgically sown into patients’ hearts and when patients with these pumps get really sick, sometimes they don’t need a doctor or a surgeon—they need a mechanic.
In State of the Heart, the journey to rid the world of heart disease is shown to be reflective of the journey of medical science at large. We are learning not only that women have as much heart disease as men, but that the type of heart disease women experience is diametrically different from that in men. We are learning that heart disease and cancer may have more in common than we could have imagined. And we are learning how human evolution itself may have led to the epidemic of heart disease. In understanding how our knowledge of the heart evolved, State of the Heart traces the twisting and turning road that science has taken—filled with potholes and blind turns—all the way back to its very origin.
|Publisher:||St. Martin''s Publishing Group|
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About the Author
Dr. Haider Warraich graduated from medical school in Pakistan in 2009. He did his residency in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, one of the main teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. He is currently a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. His medical and Op Ed pieces have appeared in many media outlets including the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal,Slate, and the LA Times among others.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow! Fascinating book! When I started it, I wondered how interesting a whole book about the heart, written by a cardiologist, could be. How much was there to say about the heart that ordinary people could understand, much less enjoy reading? Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I was engrossed in this from start to finish and felt disappointed when I realized it was ending. I expected to have to skim over parts where it became too technical, or to find some parts dry, but this too was dead wrong. He was able to explain everything so clearly that it was easy to understand, and I have absolutely no medical background and am embarrassingly ignorant about human anatomy. By telling vivid stories about a wide variety of unusual situations, he was able to keep me riveted. He starts with the history of cardiology, from the Pharoahs of Egypt and their treatments for heart disease, and on to the present day, with all the amazing medical advances of the recent years. He explains how the heart works, what heart failure is, what techniques are available or in development, how things go terribly wrong, or surprisingly right and what he foresees for the future. He is from Pakistan and quite a good example of how immigrants enrich our country. He came here with very little, went to medical school, and through many years of hard work, developed skills that have saved thousands of lives. He has also written this educational and entertaining book, for which I thank him. Very highly recommended. Note: I received an advance copy of the ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Fascinating. This well written volume covers a lot of issues related to, well, the heart and it does it well. Divided into pointed chapters on individual topics, it's a good tour of a subject that is important to all of us and yet so often opaque because of the difficulty of conveying the information effectively to the lay audience. Warraich has wisely mixed up his text with anecdotes and variables that might make you go huh occasionally. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A very good, accessible, and educational read.