New Heart Health Book By Local Cardiologist
By Dr. James Palermo // November 26, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA–Cocoa Beach cardiologist, Dr. Khalid Sheikh, recently announced the publication and release of his cardiac wellness book entitled Don’t Let Your Heart Attack, a comprehensive guide to understanding heart disease, cholesterol metabolism and how to take charge of implementing your personal cardiovascular disease prevention, treatment and reversal strategies.
This 350-page book is directed towards individuals motivated to maintain a high level of personal health and wellness, who are interested in learning about atherosclerosis, lipids and heart disease. Most of the book is devoted to a critical review of current approaches to prevent, treat and reverse heart disease, including lifestyle modifications, diets, nutrition, supplements, exercise, medications and heart angioplasty and surgery.
“To get the best medical care, particularly in the prevention and management of heart disease, you must become a stakeholder,” insists Dr. Sheikh, who was a Professor of Cardiology at Duke University before entering private practice here on the Space Coast, and is currently on the clinical faculty at the University of Central Florida College Of Medicine.
His message to his patients and readers to get actively involved in their health and wellness is clear when he says, “You must value your medical care with at least as much enthusiasm as you exhibit in your finances, the lives of your children, your political views, religious beliefs, and anything else that is important to you. You must become sufficiently well-informed to be an advocate for yourself.”
Dr. Sheikh believes that it is important for those with heart disease and cholesterol problems to select a health care provider who is willing to approach their condition and health issues specific to them on an individualized basis, rather than the “cookbook” approach which is so often used and encouraged by our health care system that rewards practitioners to blindly follow medical guidelines established by healthcare policy makers.
The book’s focus is on helping the reader understand the science of heart disease, so that the principles of prevention and treatment become clearer, and the many common misconceptions, myths and misinformation about heart disease prevention and treatment can definitively be distinguished from what is accurate and scientifically proven.
Don’t Let Your Heart Attack candidly addresses and questions some of the more controversial and interesting aspects of cardiac care and cholesterol management, which include:
1. Whether or not the current U.S. national guidelines for desirable cholesterol levels are really adequate for optimum cholesterol management.
2. The role that more sophisticated blood examinations of cholesterol particles can play in better guiding treatment to lower heart risk rather than relying solely on the typical cholesterol panel blood tests most patients receive.
3. Do the commonly used heart exams, including stress tests and angiograms, really adequately detect the most dangerous types of plaque that cause heart attacks?
4. Are angioplasty and stents overused?
5. The inappropriate use of statin medications.
6. Which diets, supplements and lifestyle modifications actually work to prevent, treat and reverse heart disease?
Don’t Let Your Heart Attack is a must read for the millions of Americans who have heart disease or are at risk because of abnormalities in blood cholesterol. The book is available in all e-book formats as well as soft and hard cover print editions on-line through Amazon (print), Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (print), Barnes and Noble (Nook) and iTunes.
For more information about Don’t Let Your Heart Attack and Dr. Sheikh’s practice go to SheikhHeartCare.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K. H. Sheikh, MD, MBA, FACC
Dr. Sheikh, a member of Health First Physicians Cardiovascular Specialists, directs a cardiology practice specializing in lipid management and cardiovascular disease prevention, treatment and reversal in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He was a Professor of Cardiology at Duke University before entering private practice, and is currently on the clinical faculty at the University of Central Florida College Of Medicine. Dr. Sheikh, who was recognized by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Cardiologists, is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases, and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is also a certified clinical lipid specialist, board certified in adult echocardiography and has completed level I training in cardiac CT imaging. He has served as the principal investigator in over 100 national and international clinical research trials, and authored over 150 scientific abstracts, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and subject reviews.