Author(s): Nikki Stamp
When actress Debbie Reynolds died a day after her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, the world diagnosed it as 'heartbreak'. But what's the evidence? Does emotional upheaval affect the heart? Can love, or chocolate, really heal our heart problems? And why do we know so much about heart attacks in men, when they are more fatal in women? Heart and lung surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp takes us into the operating theatre, explaining what she sees in patients with heart complications and how a life-saving transplant works. Stamp fell in the love with the heart as a child and continues to be fascinated by its workings and the whole-of-life experiences that affect it. Rich with anecdotes, and insights for maintaining heart health, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a blockbuster from a uniquely positioned young specialist.
Dr Nikki Stamp is one of only a handful of female heart and lung surgeons in Australia. She holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in cardiothoracic surgery and trained at some of the country's busiest hospitals. Dr Stamp has a strong desire to change the way we think about health.
Introduction: What is it about the heart?1.Can you die of a broken heart?2.Stressed-out hearts3.'New' hearts: transplants and mechanical hearts4.The medical mysteries of a woman's heart5.Can love heal?6.Feeding your heart7.Exercise: getting that heart pumping8.Red wine, dark chocolate and superfoods9.Depression: can a heart be blue?10.Sleepy hearts11.Family affairs of the heart12.How to talk about your heart13. The heart's journey: where we've come from and where we are going