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State of the Heart

State of the Heart

Exploring the History, Science, and Future of Cardiac Disease

Haider Warraich

St. Martin's Press

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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.

More people die of heart disease than any other disease in the world, including even cancer. In fact, deaths from heart disease are on the rise around the world and in the United States. When any heart disease becomes advanced enough, it results in the development of heart failure. In the United States, heart failure is the most common reason for admission to the hospital. Heart failure strikes both the abject and the affluent. And yet, even the most basic facts about heart failure remain known by few who don’t work in medicine for a living. Many patients develop heart failure without having any problems with their coronary arteries. Heart failure can affect anyone at any time: a child recovering from a viral infection, a woman who has just given birth, a cancer patient who received chemotherapy or anyone with any number of common conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea.

Warraich's signature blend of lucid writing and compelling narrative explores the complex discussion about heart failure with accessibility and compassion.

Praise for State of the Heart

"State of the Heart reminds us that we are all candidates for heart disease. Information can protect us. There are few more entertaining ways to gain that knowledge than by reading Warraich’s splendid memoirs of a career in Cardiology." —Dr. Stephen Westaby, author of Open Heart and Fragile Lives

“What struck me about State of the Heart is the state of the author—how a young cardiologist could have such an astute, wise perspective of the field and be an extraordinary storyteller.”—Eric Topol, author of Deep Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now

Haider Warraich

DR. HAIDER WARRAICH 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. He is also the author of Modern Death.

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