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Announcing the Book Launch of—Heartfelt: Caregiver’s Guide to Cardiomyopathy and Mitral Valve Surgery Now available at is Elaine Webster’s new book, Heartfelt: Caregiver’s Guide to Cardiomyopathy and Mitral Valve Surgery.


(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 30, 2011 ) Santa Rosa, CA -- Now available at is Elaine Webster’s new book, Heartfelt: Caregiver’s Guide to Cardiomyopathy and Mitral Valve Surgery. Elaine wrote Heartfelt as a memoir from a caregiver’s perspective with practical advice throughout. The past twenty years have seen major advances in open-heart surgery. What was once considered a death sentence is now often curable. This is especially true with valve-repair and replacement surgeries. You will follow the Websters through two surgically implanted ICDs (Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators), twelve years of medication therapy and coping with cardiomyopathy, and finally open-heart surgery to repair the mitral valve. As caregiver for a heart patient, you face unique challenges. You must be friend, confidant, patient advocate, spiritual advisor, and nurse to your patient all the while trying to keep your own life together.

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Heartfelt chronicles sixteen years of the author’s life with her husband Blake as they struggle through his first major arrhythmia, to mitral-valve repair surgery, and onto recovery. Through Webster’s personal insights and common-sense advice, you’ll learn how to: Take Care of Your Patient

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Find the right medical team Research hospitals Track down affordable health insurance Establish an exercise program Provide nursing care Weigh medical options Manage medications Cook heart-healthy cuisine and handle dietary restrictions Provide emotional support Oversee recovery after surgery

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Keep a journal Enlist help Handle stress Exercise Deal with depression Maintain routines Make time for yourself Seek creative outlets Eat healthy Find a spiritual path

About the Author:

Elaine Webster is a freelance writer, published author, and staff writer for the online publication, Greener Living Today. As a journalist, Elaine specializes in green-product, book and movie reviews. Her previous book, Jesse’s Tale—Overcoming Fear Aggression and Separation Anxiety in an Adopted Greyhound, chronicles her experiences with her spirited greyhound Jesse. Both Jesse’s Tale and Heartfelt are available on Contact Information: Media Design Services, Inc. Blake Webster Tel: (707) - 836 - 8389 Email us

Announcing the Book Launch of Heartfelt Caregivers Guide to cardiomyopathy and Mitral Valve Surgery