„Healthy Heart“ by Dr. Ruth Chambers is a non-fiction book (you never guessed, did you!) out of the “52 Brilliant Ideas” series. I found it – surprise, surprise! – as a free ebook a long time ago and only now got round to reading it.
It was a good read throughout: there is humour, there is good advice and well-founded information regarding the way our hearts work, what blood pressure and cholesterol have got to do with it, how we can do ourselves much good (and much bad) by doing or not doing certain things. I did enjoy the writing style. It is not condescending, but you don’t need a degree in medicine to understand it, either. All advice is presented in a manner that’s not preachy, but encouraging without being over the top, and sometimes witty. The ideas given can and will really work; they can be applied by nearly everyone, provided they really see the point in changing their lifestyle for the benefit of their health (which usually has a huge impact on our general well-being, doesn’t it).
None of the ideas are so out of this world that they can not be tried by anyone; they are not expensive, and wherever a suggestion comes with a price tag, there is always a low-cost or free alternative outlined to make you understand that you do not necessarily have to be rich to be healthy (although it does help, admittedly).
My own heart and blood pressure are, to my knowledge, in a very good state, so I did not read this because I was looking for (medical) advice on how to treat a condition or get fitter. The book strongly recommends seeing your doctor about such issues, anyway, and does not claim to replace regular check-ups and treatment. But most of what the 52 ideas are about boils down to the few basic rules we all know so well anyway (and need reminding of every now and then, I guess): don’t overdo it with food and drink, don’t smoke, get up and move, sleep well and enough, establish and maintain good relationships with others.
So, no rocket science – and yet many of us often do the opposite of what we know is good for us.
The advice and ideas in this book are good for anyone, really, not just for those who actually suffer high blood pressure or are at risk of a heart attack or stroke. It is equally good to know about such things when it is a family member, friend, colleague or your partner who is at risk. I highly recommend it.
On the "Infinite Ideas" homepage, I found the following about the author: Dr Ruth Chambers has been a GP for more than 20 years and has written over 60 books. Ruth is currently a partner in a GP practice, and also Clinical Director of Practice Development and Performance for NHS Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Group.