The phrase "physician heal thyself" originated in the Bible. Chauncey Crandall, M.D., is an interventional cardiologist who has applied that phrase to himself. At age 48, with no major cardiovascular risk factors or family history of heart disease, Dr. Crandall found himself in the emergency department with a "widow-maker" blockage of his main coronary artery. The experience was a life-changing event for a physician who had performed more than 40,000 heart procedures during his career. He combined that experience with his medical knowledge and experience. The result was a new book "The Simple Heart Cure," which is now available.

After emergency heart surgery, he recovered from heart disease using the same course of treatment he recommends to his patients; it is detailed in his book. After the passing of a good friend following a heart attack, he wanted to help others avoid the loss, futility and needless death that so many must suffer through today. Dr. Crandall explains, "Changing habits is undoubtedly the most important part of any recovery process. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself with a readjustment of lifestyle. People must reeducate themselves and retool to learn to live a healthier life. The Simple Heart Cure promotes a back to basics lifestyle adjustment that is easily understood enabling people to regain and maintain their health."

The book is designed for both individuals who have heart disease as well as those interested in heart health. It opens with a link to a short online questionnaire to assess your risk for heart attack. It is clearly written and concisely covers a variety of topics. The book is divided into three parts entitled Learn It, Treat It and Fix It. Part one discusses the causes, warning signs and risk factors of heart disease. It includes seven risk factors that many are not aware of and a chapter about women and heart disease. Part two focuses on treating heart disease; it contains chapters that explain tests, bypass options, unclogging arteries, reducing high blood pressure, and what to do if you are having a heart attack. Part three offers a three point plan for heart health, a life plan diet, foods for the heart and Dr. Crandall's 90 day plan for reversing heart disease.

Dr. Crandall is a board-certified interventional cardiologist, meaning that he performs interventions to treat heart disease, such as inserting a stent to open a blocked artery. He received his postgraduate training at Yale Medical School where he also completed three years of research in the Cardiovascular Surgery Division. He lectures regularly, both nationally and internationally, about preventive cardiology, cardiology healthcare of seniors, healing, and interventional cardiology. He is also the editor of the popular medical newsletter: Dr. Crandall's Heart Health Report (crandallreport.com).

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