An Arrow Through the Heart: One Woman's Story of Life, Love, and Surviving a Near-Fatal Heart Attack by Deborah Daw Heffernan

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An Arrow Through the Heart: One Woman's Story of Life, Love, and Surviving a Near-Fatal Heart Attack

In the words of Mehmet Oz, MD: “An Arrow Through the Heart is an epiphany for women who mistakenly believe that they are immune from the ravages of heart disease. Using her heart as a magnifying glass, Deborah Daw Heffernan provides readers with a window into their souls.”

'“Reads like a gripping suspense novel . . . A moving story in the face of sudden catastrophe; recommended for all health collections.” —Library Journal, starred review “An Arrow Through the Heart is an epiphany for women who mistakenly believe they are immune from the ravages of heart disease. Using her heart as a magnifying glass, Deborah Heffernan provides readers with a window into their souls.” —Mehmet Oz, M.D., television talk-show host, cardiac surgeon, and Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University   “For anyone who still lives with the illusion that heart disease belongs only to men, An Arrow Through the Heart is a shocking wake-up call. Heffernan takes you to the precipice and lets you stare over the edge of losing it all. From the mundane sweetness of ordinary days to the gut-wrenching emergencies, you go on the roller coaster with a woman who isn’t supposed to be living this life. But she is . . . and what you learn along the way will change you.” —Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D., chief medical editor, NBC News   “A commanding chronicle . . . Unmarred by self-pity, an arresting story that women and men suffering from heart disease will find, well, heartening.” —Kirkus Reviews     “An Arrow Through the Heart is not only a book of hope and inspiration, it is also a journey of spiritual intrigue. The coincidences and synchronicities that the author shares within the pages of her life story hint in such a comforting way that heaven walks with us each step of the way in each moment of our lives. This book is magnificent.” —Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts and Anatomy of the Spirit   “Nail-biting, almost cinematic suspense . . . This is an absorbing book. Well written and informative . . . it has much to offer as a reminder of the value of preparedness and of appreciating each day.” —Booklist   “When one human triumphs against great odds, we are all lifted up. So we are with Deborah Daw Heffernan’s encounter with heart disease. This is a heroine’s journey—the story of one who braved everything, acquired wisdom and meaning, and returned to share with the rest of us.” —Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Beyond the Body and Reinventing Medicine   “Insightful and openly emotional.” —Publishers Weekly   “Reading about catastrophe is always a dilemma: how can you enjoy a book about someone’s physical suffering? But here you follow the example of Heffernan, who enjoys herself in odd, articulate, and hard-won ways. The Dalai Lama is rumored to giggle a lot, and you get the idea that this author wouldn’t hold anyone’s guffaw against them. Sublime humor, that high defense, is on the list of treatments she has picked.” —Elissa Ely, M.D., lecturer on psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Bulletin   “I couldn’t put it down! The truth shown like a torch on every page. There is nothing false, exaggerated or preachy here. . . .  [Heffernan] does not make out her doctors to be Gods who treat her like a mere female child, but [as] experienced experts in a field she didn’t know much about but wants to, who answered her constant questions without condescension and respected and trusted her knowledge of her body. She also describes her doctors as people with very human traits. I would recommend this book to anyone—colleague, friend, or patient. [An] essential book for women . . .  to think deeply about and to re-evaluate your own life for a long time.” —Dixie Mills, M.D., Association of Women Surgeons   “[An Arrow Through the Heart] is as cathartic to read as it must have been to write. Heffernan makes no bones about the fact that part of the reason she wrote the book was to bring awareness to women of the little-known statistic that women are more likely to die of heart failure than anything else. So the book is in part a plea to women to take care of their health, both of the mind and the body, and to understand the warning signs and symptoms of heart attack. . . .  On the flip side the book is as personal a story of a year of someone’s life as you could possibly read. Here is a woman who, in a moment, left the world of airports, cell phones, and meetings for a world where it took all her focus and strength to brush her teeth on her own. She forsook the world before her heart attack for the peaceful, slow-pace life in western Maine she had truly wanted all along. Forced to become mindful of every breath (literally and figuratively), to become almost completely reliant on her husband, family and friends, and to appreciate each day as the day her life could end, Heffernan eloquently describes her transformation to a peaceful, spiritual, and thankful existence.” —Lucys-Books.com'
In the words of Mehmet Oz, MD: “An Arrow Through the Heart is an epiphany for women who mistakenly believe that they are immune from the ravages of heart disease. Using her heart as a magnifying glass, Deborah Daw Heffernan provides readers with a window into their souls.”

'“Reads like a gripping suspense novel . . . A moving story in the face of sudden catastrophe; recommended for all health collections.” —Library Journal, starred review “An Arrow Through the Heart is an epiphany for women who mistakenly believe they are immune from the ravages of heart disease. Using her heart as a magnifying glass, Deborah Heffernan provides readers with a window into their souls.” —Mehmet Oz, M.D., television talk-show host, cardiac surgeon, and Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University   “For anyone who still lives with the illusion that heart disease belongs only to men, An Arrow Through the Heart is a shocking wake-up call. Heffernan takes you to the precipice and lets you stare over the edge of losing it all. From the mundane sweetness of ordinary days to the gut-wrenching emergencies, you go on the roller coaster with a woman who isn’t supposed to be living this life. But she is . . . and what you learn along the way will change you.” —Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D., chief medical editor, NBC News   “A commanding chronicle . . . Unmarred by self-pity, an arresting story that women and men suffering from heart disease will find, well, heartening.” —Kirkus Reviews     “An Arrow Through the Heart is not only a book of hope and inspiration, it is also a journey of spiritual intrigue. The coincidences and synchronicities that the author shares within the pages of her life story hint in such a comforting way that heaven walks with us each step of the way in each moment of our lives. This book is magnificent.” —Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts and Anatomy of the Spirit   “Nail-biting, almost cinematic suspense . . . This is an absorbing book. Well written and informative . . . it has much to offer as a reminder of the value of preparedness and of appreciating each day.” —Booklist   “When one human triumphs against great odds, we are all lifted up. So we are with Deborah Daw Heffernan’s encounter with heart disease. This is a heroine’s journey—the story of one who braved everything, acquired wisdom and meaning, and returned to share with the rest of us.” —Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Beyond the Body and Reinventing Medicine   “Insightful and openly emotional.” —Publishers Weekly   “Reading about catastrophe is always a dilemma: how can you enjoy a book about someone’s physical suffering? But here you follow the example of Heffernan, who enjoys herself in odd, articulate, and hard-won ways. The Dalai Lama is rumored to giggle a lot, and you get the idea that this author wouldn’t hold anyone’s guffaw against them. Sublime humor, that high defense, is on the list of treatments she has picked.” —Elissa Ely, M.D., lecturer on psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Bulletin   “I couldn’t put it down! The truth shown like a torch on every page. There is nothing false, exaggerated or preachy here. . . .  [Heffernan] does not make out her doctors to be Gods who treat her like a mere female child, but [as] experienced experts in a field she didn’t know much about but wants to, who answered her constant questions without condescension and respected and trusted her knowledge of her body. She also describes her doctors as people with very human traits. I would recommend this book to anyone—colleague, friend, or patient. [An] essential book for women . . .  to think deeply about and to re-evaluate your own life for a long time.” —Dixie Mills, M.D., Association of Women Surgeons   “[An Arrow Through the Heart] is as cathartic to read as it must have been to write. Heffernan makes no bones about the fact that part of the reason she wrote the book was to bring awareness to women of the little-known statistic that women are more likely to die of heart failure than anything else. So the book is in part a plea to women to take care of their health, both of the mind and the body, and to understand the warning signs and symptoms of heart attack. . . .  On the flip side the book is as personal a story of a year of someone’s life as you could possibly read. Here is a woman who, in a moment, left the world of airports, cell phones, and meetings for a world where it took all her focus and strength to brush her teeth on her own. She forsook the world before her heart attack for the peaceful, slow-pace life in western Maine she had truly wanted all along. Forced to become mindful of every breath (literally and figuratively), to become almost completely reliant on her husband, family and friends, and to appreciate each day as the day her life could end, Heffernan eloquently describes her transformation to a peaceful, spiritual, and thankful existence.” —Lucys-Books.com'
Publisher: Open Road Distribution ISBN: 9781504009195 Pages: 300