Cardiovascular Disease Resources
The following is a list of books, papers, medical journals and research on heart disease. These resources cover topical areas such as reversing the effects of heart disease, how to live with coronary heart disease and congenital defects, and how to reduce your risk factors for stroke and other cardiovascular problems. We also include a section on stress management and biobehavioral responses to stress in women. If you (or someone you love) suffers from any of the following conditions, you will benefit from learning more about what you can do to heal your own body:
Coronary heart disease: Narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart.
Chest pain: Particularly those associated with blockages in the arteries.
Angina: Strangling pain in the chest caused by poor supplies of blood and oxygen to the heart.
Heart arrhythmia: Abnormal heartbeat.
Heart Failure: Weakened for failing heart which has difficulties pumping blood around the body.
Strokes: An attack on the brain.
Heart attacks: An attack on the heart. Learn how to reduce your risk of a second heart attack.
Heart Disease Resources
The Human Body: Understanding the main organs and what can go wrong with them.
Recommended Health Screenings For Women: Which tests, including heart tests you should have.
How menopause affects the body: Why your risk of heart problems increases postmenopause.
Main causes of death in women: Top 3 killers, find out what they are.
500 Low Glycemic Index Recipes: Fight Diabetes and Heart Disease, Lose Weight and Have Optimum Energy with Recipes That Let You Eat the Foods You Enjoy by Dick Logue (2010).
A (Patented) Heart Disease Cure That Works!: What Your Doctor May Not Know. What Big Pharma Hopes You Don't Find Out. (Volume 1) by David H Leake (2012).
American Medical Association (AMA) Guide to Preventing & Treating Heart Disease by Lipsky, Mendelson, Havas and Miller MD's.
American Heart Association Complete Guide to Women's Heart Health: The Go Red for Women Way to Well-Being & Vitality by American Heart Association (2011).
Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Disease by Dean B. Andropoulos, Stephen A. Stayer, Isobel A. Russell and Emad B. Mossad (2010).
Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, Single Volume by Richard Brown (Arterial Health Foundation,1990).
Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery by Dean Ornish MD (1995).
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum's Heart Book: Every Woman's Guide to a Heart-Healthy Life by Suzanne Steinbaum M.D. (2013).
Echocardiography in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease by Benjamin W. Eidem MD FACC FASE, Frank Cetta and Patrick W. O'Leary (2009).
Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill by Udo Erasmus (Alive Books, 1993).
Flax Oil As a True Aid Against Arthritis Heart Infarction Cancer and Other Diseases (3rd Edition) by Johanna Budwig (1994).
Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal (Reader's Digest, 1996).
Forty Something Forever: A Consumers Guide to Chelation Therapy and Other Heartsavers by Arline and Harold Brecher (Healthsavers Press, USA, 1992).
Happiness is Junk-free Food, Janet Ash, Thorsons, 1986.
Heal Your Heart: The New Rice Diet Program for Reversing Heart Disease Through Nutrition, Exercise, and Spiritual Renewal by Kitty Gurkin Rosati (1996).
Healing Nutrients by Patrick Quillen (USA/Beaverbooks,Can, 1987, Penguin, 1989).
Healing the Heart by Elizabeth Wilde McCormick (Optima, 1992).
Healing through Nutrition by Or Melvyn Werbach (Thorsons, 1995).
Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, third edition. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2002. Paul Pitchford.
Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You'll Ever Need by Marc Gillinov M.D. and Steven Nissen M.D. (2012).
Heart Disease For Dummies by James M. Rippe (2004).
Heart Disease in Pregnancy by Celia Oakley and Carole A. Warnes (2007). See our article on the subject: heart disease in pregnancy.
If I Suffer from Heart Disease: Nutrition You Can Live with (Tell Me What to Eat) by Elaine Magee (2010).
L-Carnitine and the Heart by Stephen T. Sinatra and Jan Sinatra (1999).
Living with Coronary Heart Disease: A Guide for Patients and Families (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) by Jerome E. Granato (2008).
Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life! by Mayo Clinic (2012).
Pathophysiology of Heart Disease: A Collaborative Project of Medical Students and Faculty by Leonard S. Lilly (2010).
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn (2008).
Prevent, Halt & Reverse Heart Disease: 109 Things You Can Do by Barry Franklin Ph.D. and Joseph Piscatella (2011).
Psychiatry and Heart Disease: The Mind, Brain, and Heart by Michelle Riba, Lawson Wulsin, Melvyn Rubenfire and Divy Ravindranath (2012).
Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late by Stephen T. Sinatra, James C. Roberts and Martin Zucker (2008).
Take a Load off Your Heart: 109 Things You Can Actually Do to Prevent, Halt and Reverse Heart Disease by Joseph C. Piscatella and Barry Franklin (2003).
The Budwig Cancer & Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Diet: The Revolutionary Diet from Dr. Johanna Budwig, the Woman Who Discovered Omega-3s by Dr. Johanna Budwig (2010).
The Cure for Heart Disease: Truth Will Save a Nation English Edition by Dwight Lundell, Todd R. Nordstrom and Sarah Loukota (2007).
The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds by Rip Esselstyn (2009).
The First Year: Heart Disease: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Lawrence D. Chilnick (2008).
The Great American Heart Hoax: Lifesaving Advice Your Doctor Should Tell You about Heart Disease Prevention (But Probably Never Will) by Michael D. Ozner (2010).
The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will by Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra (2012).
The Healthy Heart Cookbook: Over 700 Recipes for Every Day and Every Occasion by Joseph C. Piscatella (2003).
The Inflammation Syndrome: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Allergies, and Asthma by Jack Challem (2003).
The Miami Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease with 300 Delicious Recipes by Michael D. Ozner (Mar 17, 2009).
The New American Heart Association Cookbook, 8th Edition by American Heart Association (2010).
The Okinawa Program: How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health - And How You Can Too, Bradley J. Willcox, D. Craig Willcox, and Makoto Suzuki (Three Rivers Press, 2002).
The Woman's Heart: An Owner's Guide by John A. Elefteriades MD and Teresa Caulin-Glaser MD (2008).
Thriving With Heart Disease: The Leading Authority on the Emotional Effects of Heart Disease Tells You and Your Family How to Heal and Reclaim Your Lives by Wayne Sotile and Robin Cantor-Cooke (2004).
Understanding Fitness: How Exercise Fuels Health and Fights Disease. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2008. By Julie Silver and Christopher Morin.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Heart Disease by Mark C. Houston (Feb 6, 2012).
Studies and Research Papers
A Healthy Body a Healthy Mind: Long-Term Impact of Diet on Mood and Cognitive Function.Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 60 (2001): 135-43. Rogers, Peter J.and Metabolism 87 (no. 8): 3984-88.
Antioxidants and fewer health problems. Bottom Line Persona 18, January 15, 1996. By M. Callahan.
Brain Serotonin Carbohydrate-Craving, Obesity and Depression. Obesity Research 4, supplement 4 (November 3, 1995): 4775-4805 by J Wurtman.
Impact of Carbohydrate-Rich Meals on Plasma Epinephrine Levels: Cysregulation with Aging. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 90, no. 11 (2005): 6198-6206. Penev, Plamen, Karina Spiegel, Teresa Marcinkowski, and Eve Van Cauter.
Intake of Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Weight Gain: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 84 (2006): 274-88.
Mulitvitamin Use and Risk of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease in the Women's Health Initiative Cohorts. Archives of Internal Medicine 169, no. 3 (2009): 294-304
Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Sixth Edition (Lange Medical Books) by Stephen J. McPhee and Gary D. Hammer (2009).
All About Stress
Risk factors for heart disease: Assess your chance of having heart problems.
Effects of stress on the body: Why stress is dangerous, what it does to your body.
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James Wilson and Jonathan V. Wright (2001).
Stress - Proof You: How To Deal With Stress And Be Stress Free For Life by Sam Wenzel (2011).
Stress Management for Dummies by Allen Elkin (1999).
Stress Relief Today: Causes, Effects, and Management Techniques That Can Improve Your Life! by D. K. Jefferson (2012).
The Myth of Stress: Where Stress Really Comes From and How to Live a Happier and Healthier Life by Andrew Bernstein (2010).
Studies And Research Papers
A Clinical Approach to Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders. Sleep Medicine 8 (2007): 566-77. Ana Baria and Phyllis Zee.
A New Guide for Rational Living. North Hollywood, CA: Wilshire, 1975. Albert Ellis PhD and Robert A. Hamper PhD.
A New View on Hypocortisolism. Psychoneuroendocrinology 30 (2005): 1010-16. Eva Fries, Judith Hesse, Julianne Hellhammer and Dirk Hellhammer.
A Phylogenetic Journey through the Vague and Ambiguous Xth Cranial Nerve: A Comment on Contemporary Heart Rate Variability Research. Biological Psychology 74, no. 2 (February 2007): 301-7. Stephen W Porges.
A User's Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain. New York: Vintage, 2002. John Ratey MD.
ABC Relaxation Therapy: An Evidence-Based Approach. New York: Springer 2007.
Advances in ABC Relaxation Applications and Inventories. New York: Springer, 2001.
Affiliative Responses to Stress: A Social Neuroscience Model. In Foundations of Social Neuroscience op. cit.: 454-73. Gian C. Gonzaga.
Are There Gender-Specific Pathways from Early Adolescence Psychological Distress Symptoms Toward the Development of Substance Use and Abnormal Eating Behavior?" Child Psychiatry and Human Development 37 (2007): 193-203.
Biobehavioral Responses to Stress in Females: Tend-and-Befriend, Not Fight-or-Flight. Psychological Review, 107, no. 13. (2000): 411-29.
Biological and Psychological Explanations of Social Behavior. Eddi Harmon-Jones and Piotr Winkielman. New York: The Guilford Press, 2007.
Biological Basis of the Stress Response. International Physiological and Behavioral Science 27, no. 1 (January-March 1992): 66-83.
Biology and Therapy of Fibromyalgia Stress, Stress Response System, and Fibromyalgia. Arthritis Research Therapy 9, issue 4 (2007): 216. Martinez, Manuel.
Britannica Guide to the Brain: A Guided Tour of the Brain, Mind, Memory, and Intelligence. London: Constable and Robinson, 2008.
Causes and Consequences of Stress. Integrative and Comparative Biology 42 (2002): 508-16. Greenberg, Neil, James A. Carr, and Cliff H. Summers.
Childhood Maltreatment Predicts Adult Inflammation in a Life Course Study. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2007), 104, 1319-24.
Chronic Insomnia and the Stress System. Sleep Medicine Review 2, no. 2 (June 2007): 279-9l.
Circadian Rhythms: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Implications. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology 47 (2007): 593-628. Schible, Francis Levi-Veli. Common Polymorphisms in the Glucocorticoid Receptor Gene Are Associated with Adrenocortical Responses to Psychosocial Stress. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 89, no. 2 (2004): 565-73.
Conceptual Issues Underlying Stress Management. In Principles and Practice of Stress Management op. cit.: 3-16. Woolfolk, Robert L., Paul M. Lehrer, and Lesley A. Allen.
Consistent Sex Differences in Cortisol Responses to Psychological Stress. Psychosomatic Medicine 54 (1992): 648-57. Kirschbaum, Clemens, Stefan Wurst, and Dirk Hellhammer.
Coping Strategies, Stressful Life Events, Problem Behaviors, and Depressed Affect. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping 19, issue 3 (September 2006): 241-57.
Coping Style & Immunity in Animals: Making Sense of Individual Variation. Brain Behavior and Immunity 22 (2008): 662-67. Koolhaas, J. M.
Cortisol Levels During Human Aging Predict Hippocampal Atrophy and Memory Deficits. Nature Neuroscience 1 (1998): 69-73.
Cytokines for Psychologists: Implications for Understanding Behavior, Mood, and Cognition. In Foundations in Social Neuroscience. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. (2002): 1141-18l. Steven F. Maier, and Linda R. Watkins.
Differential Heart Rate Reactivity and Recovery after Psychosocial Stress (TSST) in Healthy Children, Younger Adults, and Elderly Adults: The Impact of Age and Gender.The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 11, no. 2 (2004): 116-21.
Differential Regulations of Key Signaling Molecules in Innate Immunity and Human Diseases. Medical Library PO (December 10,2007): 174.
Dissociation between Reactivity of the HPA Axis and the Sympathetic Adrenal Medullary System to Repeated Psychosocial Stress. Psychosomatic Medicine 65 2003): 450-60.
Diurnal and Acute Stress-Induced Changes in Distribution of Peripheral Blood Leukocyte Subpopulations. Brain Behavior and Immunity 8 (1994): 66-75.
Effects of Stress and Immune Cell Distribution: Dynamics and Hormonal Mechanisms." Journal of Immunology vol. 154, issue 5 (1995): 5511-27. Dhabhar, Firdaus S., Andrew H. Miller, Bruce S. McEwen, and Robert L. Spencer.
Emotion: An Evolutionary By-Product of the Neural Regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System. In The Integrative Neurobiology of Affiliation, eds. C. S. Carter, B. Kirkpatrick, and 1. 1. Lederhendler. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999: 35-79.
Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books, 1995. Goleman, Daniel.
Endocrinology of the Stress Response. Annual Review Physiology 67 (2005): 259-84.
Entrainment of Human Circadian Rhythms. Journal of Biological Rhythms 20 (2005): 326-38. Duffy, Jeanne E, and Kenneth P. Wright, Jr.
Estrogen Action in the CNS. Endocrine Reviews 20, no. 3 (1999): 279-307. The effects of estrogen.
Estrogen Actions throughout the Brain. Recent Progress in Hormone Research 57 (2002): 357-84.
Estrogen, Cognition, and Female Aging. Human Reproduction Update 13, no. 2, 175-81. Genazzani, Andrea Riccardo, Nicola Pluchino, Stefano Luisi, and Miehele Luisi.
Estrogens Effects on the Brain: Multiple Sites and Molecular Mechanisms. Journal of Applied Physiology 91 (2001): 2785-2801.
Four-Year Follow Up of a Sample of Regulatory Disordered Infants. Infant Mental Health Journal 14, no. 4 (February 2006): 330-43.
Gender Difference in Neural Response to Psychological Stress. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 2, no. 3 (2007): 227-35.
Gender Specific Gene Environment Interactions on Laboratory Assessed Aggression. Biological Psychology 71: 33-41.
Gene Profiling Reveals Unknown Enhancing and Suppressive Actions of Glucocorticoids on Immune Cells. The FASEB Journal 16 (January 2002): 61-71.
Genetic Factors in Human Obesity. Obesity Reviews 8 (suppl. 1) (2007): 27-40. Farooqi, I. S., and S. O'Rahilly.
Getting Undepressed: How a Woman Can Change Her Life through Cognitive Therapy, revised edition. New York: Touchstone, 1988. Emery, Gary, PhD.
Stress and Food Choice: A Laboratory Study. Somatic Medicine 62 (2000): 853-65. Oliver, Georgia, Jane Wardle, E. Leigh Gibson.
Stress Control and Human Nutrition. Journal of Medical Investigation 51, August 2004: 139-45.
Stress May Add Bite to Appetite in Women: A Laboratory Study of Stress-Induced Cortisol and Eating Behavior. Science Direct, draft (November 3, 2000).
Natural Therapies And Treatments
Natural remedies for heart disease: Alternative remedies, therapies and treatments.
Chelation treatment: The pros and cons and scientific studies.
Living with heart disease: What you can do to help yourself.
Drugs That Don't Work and Natural Therapies That Do! by David Brownstein (2007).
Natural Hormone Balance for Women: Look Younger, Feel Stronger, and Live Life with Exuberance by Uzzi Reiss and Martin Zucker (2002).
Over the Counter Natural Cures: Take Charge of Your Health in 30 Days with 10 Lifesaving Supplements for under $10 by Shane Elison (2009).
The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Third Edition by Michael T. Murray and JOSEPH PIZZORNO (2012).
The Gerson Therapy: The Proven Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses by Charlotte Gerson and Morton Walker D.P.M. (2001).
The Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies Medical Doctors Don't Know by Mark Stengler (2010).
Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness by Tori Hudson (2007).
Studies And Research Papers
Autogenic Biofeedback Training in Psychophysiological Therapy and Stress Management. By Norris, Patricia A., Steven L. Fahrion, and Leo O. Oikawa.
Biofeedback Training to Increase Heart Rate Variability. In Principles and Practice of Stress Management op. cit.: 227-48. Lehrer, Paul M.
Biofeedback: Using Your Mind to Improve Your Health. Mayo Clinic.
Biopsychosocial Effects of Qigong as a Mindful Exercise for People with Anxiety Disorders: A Special Review. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 13, no. 8 (2007): 831-35. Cho, Yvonne, and Hector W. Tsang.
Comprehensive Therapeutic Benefits of Tai Chi: A Critical Review. American Journal of Physical Medical Rehabilitation 83 (2004): 735-45.
Differential Effectiveness of Psychological Interventions for Reducing Osteoarthritis: A Comparison of Erikson Hypnosis and Jacobson Relaxation. European Journal of Pain 5 (2001): 1-17. Gay, Marie-Claire, Pierre Philippot, and Olivier Luminet. See, books on arthritis.
How the Mind Hurts and Heals the Body. American Psychologist, January 2004: 29-40. Rey, Oakly.
Modern Forms of Mantra Meditation. In Principles and Practice of Stress Management. Carrington, Patricia.
Principles & Practice of Stress Management, third edition. New York: Guilford Press, 2007. Lehrer, Paul M., Robert L. Woolfolk, and Wesley E. Sine.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Yoga Stretching and ABC Relaxation Theory. Journal of Clinical Psychology 80, no. 1 (2004): 131-38.
Psychophysiological Mechanisms of Stress: Foundation for Stress Management Therapies. In Principles and Practice of Stress Management op. cit.: 16-37. McGrady, Angela.
Qigong Therapy for Stress Management. In Principles and Practice of Stress Management. Chen, Keren.
Religion, Spirituality and Medicine: How Are They Related and What Does It Mean? Mayo Clin Proc. 76 (2001): 1189-91. Issue 12. Koenig, Harold G., MD.
Religion, Spirituality and the Practice of Medicine. Journal American Board Family Practice no. 5 (September/October 2004): 370-76. Daakeman, Timothy P., MD.
Religious Involvement, Spirituality and Medicine, Implications for the Clinical Practitioner. Mayo Clinic Proceeding 76 (2001): 1125-1235.
Smelling Lavender and Rosemary Increases Free Radical Scavenging Activity and Decreases Cortisol Level in Saliva. Psychiatry Research 150 (2007): 89-96.
Tai Chi for Cardiovascular Disease and Its Risk Factors: A Systematic Review. Journal of Hypertension 25 (2007): 1974-77.
Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention. In Principles and Practice of Stress Management, Khalsa Sat Birs.