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Even if your heart itself is in good shape, blockage of the arteries leading to it (a condition called coronary artery disease, or CAD) can still kill you. Turn to page 144 and learn the causes, symptoms, complications, diagnostic techniques and treatments for CAD.

Open to page 116 and learn that two keys to getting and staying healthy are to reduce stress and have a good time — that's right, you're on doctor's orders to enjoy life more!

Diagnosing heart disease in women can be trickier than in men. But it still just takes a phone call to schedule a heart checkup. Learn what your test results mean and how they can direct your next steps to better health.

Getting enough sleep may help you lose weight, maintain good physical and mental health, reduce stress, and re-energize your body. That's why we devoted a full chapter to helping you sleep well, including five keys to sleep and heart health.

Let Mayo Clinic's expertise in cardiology help you improve your heart health.

Martha Grogan, M.D.About the Medical Editor
Martha Grogan, M.D.
Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life

Martha Grogan, M.D., is a consultant in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. She is an assistant professor at College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and has a busy clinical practice that includes general cardiology. She specializes in echocardiography, heart failure and adult congenital heart disease. She has been the cardiovascular medical editor of the award-winning website for almost a decade and has special interest in health education for the general public. She conducts clinical research, with a focus on cardiac amyloidosis, and lectures widely.

It's only fair that we warn you. Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life! may produce "side effects" in those who follow it.

These include reducing your risk of:

  • Alzheimer's
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression

Plus, it may help you to control high blood pressure and cholesterol. 

Of course, heart disease is very serious. It kills more of us than all cancers combined. It's the No. 1 killer in the U.S. And yet advances in medicine and self-care give you far more control over your heart health than ever.

Mayo is a global leader in cardiac care and treatment. Now we've written a comprehensive book to provide you with a clear, simple, effective program to enjoy a healthy heart for life.

This book is not only for people who know they have heart disease — it will prove to be of potentially lifesaving value to them. It is also dedicated to anyone who wants to enjoy a healthy heart at any age, and the extraordinary health and lifestyle benefits that go with it.