Once again the brilliant Dr Brill has made the ubiquitous problem of high blood pressure an understandable disease for everyone. She has a knack for making cardiac disease simple to understand and conquer. She respects the medical field for its ability to treat the disease with prescription medications but emphasizes the absolute need for lifestyle changes in addition.
As a very busy cardiologist I am not able to give my patients comprehensive advice to lower their blood pressure through lifestyle change. This book is the ideal tool to supplement a doctor's visit to effectively lower a patient's blood pressure with or without medications.
This book is so comprehensive – it gives guidance on how to monitor one's blood pressure at home, reminds people about stroke symptoms, what type of exercise works best and of course the foods that can lower blood pressure.
The recipes at the end of the book emphasize how delicious a heart healthy diet can be, no deprivation of delicious foods here.
Patients often ask me how they can lower their cholesterol and blood pressure on their own. For years I have recommended Dr. Brill's first book “Cholesterol Down” and now I am happy to recommend this new “Blood Pressure Down” book not just to my patients but for everyone.
– Annabelle S. Volgman, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine, Rush College of Medicine
Medical Director, Rush Heart Center for Women
"A simple, holistic and achievable 10 step plan that is highly effective in reaching the ideal blood pressure in 4 weeks. Maintaining optimal blood pressure is critical in preventing heart disease and stroke."
– Jennifer H Mieres, MD, FACC, FASNC, FAHA
Professor of Cardiology & Population Health
Hofstra North Shore, LIJ School of Medicine
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Full-fat premium ice cream contains a staggering amount of saturated fat and calories—and that's before all the toppings or the gargantuan serving sizes that so many of us opt for at the counter. There is one main type of artery-clogging fat that all Americans should try to cut back on to keep their hearts strong and healthy and to help prevent heart disease (the No. 1 killer of American men and women): saturated fat. We also need to watch our calorie intake, as we are a nation of overweight individuals—a situation that is associated with increased risk of disease. We should all take note of the potential damage regular consumption of these luscious and creamy treats could take on our arteries and waistlines. I recommend delicious and satisfying fat-free or low-fat ice cream choices as your summer treat instead. Here's a comparison of Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream choices to drive home this point (note that these are calorie and fat comparisons of just the ice cream and not the insane amount of additional calories and fat that come along with the “extras" like waffle cones, cookies brownies, candy or whipped toppings):
- 1 small cup full-fat Cookie Batter Ice Cream: 380 calories (fw 4.0), 11 grams saturated fat.
- 1 large cup full-fat Cookie Batter Ice Cream: 900 calories(!) fw 9.0, 26 grams saturated fat.
- 1 small cup fat-free Raspberry Sorbet: 160 calories, fw 1.5, 0 grams saturated fat.
- 1 large cup fat-free Raspberry Sorbet: 390 calories, fw 4.0, 0 grams saturated fat.
So, the moral of the story is to enjoy your passion for summer ice cream treats but make your choices wisely most of the time. Go for the sorbets, fat-free and low-fat single scoops whenever possible, and your heart and waistline will surely appreciate it!