Book Review

Heart Sense for Women

Your Plan for Natural Prevention and Treatment

by Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N.,

Jan Sinatra, R.N., M.S.N., and Roberta Jo Lieberman

Review written by,  Marcus Plourde, Ph.D.


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About the Author

Dr. Sinatra is a board-certified cardiologist, certified psychotherapist, and certified in anti-aging medicine.  He has more than 25 years of experience helping patients to prevent and reverse heart disease.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the former Chief of Cardiology at Manchester Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Sinatra has been Director of Medical education at the hospital during the last ten years and also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Dr. Sinatra formulates his own vitamins.  As such, his knowledge about dosages, absorption rates, how to select  quality ingredients, and the effects of combining supplements with cardiac medications, making him uniquely qualified to give advice on nutritional supplements and the heart.  He practices at The New England Heart & Longevity Center in Manchester, CT (860) 643-5101.



Heart Sense for Women provides a comprehensive health guide for all women.  In it, Dr. Sinatra addresses heart disease risk evaluation, dietary needs, recommends nutritional supplementation, exercise requirements, lifestyle changes, how to meet your emotional needs, and what to avoid to lower your risk of developing heart disease and live a healthy life.  He explains why these changes are critical for women as they reach 45 and beyond. 

Since 1 in 3 American women are going to die of heart disease and it is the leading cause of death among women it, becomes imperative that women learn as much as they can to evaluate their risk of developing heart disease.  For women who already have problems, it is important to learn all that you can in order to be an active participant in your treatment and recovery.

Knowing what to look for and identifying changes in your body could save your life.  Identifying the warning signals allows lifestyle adjustments that could avoid or postpone health problems.  Small changes in your diet, adding nutritional supplements, and including exercise can keep your heart pumping.  Unfortunately there is no one pill that makes up for dietary and lifestyle changes.  The powerful pills that are prescribed to keep heart functioning often have unpleasant side effects that impact the quality of life of patients.  By following his suggestions, many women will benefit by avoiding and/or postponing heart disease.

In addition, Dr. Sinatra understands and describes the value of combining the use of inner work to complement the outer work being accomplished.  Being both a certified psychologist and medical doctor he knows that it is necessary to treat the whole person and not just address the symptoms of the disease.  Cutting out the disease without addressing the underlying cause sets the patient up for a relapse of the problem or a new problem.   The symptoms of disease is only the warning that there is an underlying trauma needing to be addressed.  The mind-body connection is highly valued by health care professionals trained in the Eastern cultures, but overlooked in the technology based medical treatments established here in the West.  The Eastern philosophy treats all aspects of the individual, rather than just treating the symptoms of the disease.  If more American health care practitioners adopted this philosophy, we would be a much healthier nation.

In 2005, Dr. Sinatra released The Sinatra Solution: New Hope for Preventing and Treating Heart Disease.  This is an update of the nutritional supplements he has found to be effective for his patients since publishing Heart Sense for Women in 2000.  Reading Heart Sense for Women first is recommended because it includes much more comprehensive medical information for women, and The Sinatra Solution is a follow up companion book.

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