New Book Decodes Medical Doublespeak on Heart Disease

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"The No Bull Book on Heart Disease: Real Answers to Winning Back your Heart and Health" (ISBN-13: 978-1402758683) being released nationally by Sterling Publishing in January 2009 is a practical "what-to-expect" guide that will help readers cope with their confusion, fear, and lack of information, as well as decode what doctors really mean when they describe certain cardiac procedures, treatments, and medications.

Released Nationally, January 2009

By assisting our patients to alter their behavior and lifestyle, many diseases can be slowed down or even reversed. It is this in-the-trenches approach to treatment that forms the basis of No Bull, addressing every critical cardiac topic from the heart patient's point of view.

Nearly 1/3 of the entire American population is overweight and faces serious health concerns. Over 24 million Americans suffer from heart disease! An additional 21 million Americans have Diabetes and 54 million more Americans have pre-diabetic conditions. Americans need easy to understand health guidance without all the academic doublespeak, and The No Bull Book on Heart Disease answers that call.

No Bull is a plain talk, one-of-a-kind practical guide to heart disease written by board certified cardiologist, Joel Okner, M.D., and Jeremy Clorfene, Ph.D. , a clinical psychologist who specializes in working specifically with heart patients.

"We believe the only truly effective way to treat people with heart disease is through an integrative approach," says Dr. Clorfene. "Its one thing to have a top doctor perform an intricate procedure to save a patient's life, it's quite another to convince them that much of his/her trouble is something they are in control of."

Dr. Okner adds, "By assisting our patients to alter their behavior and lifestyle, many diseases can be slowed down or even reversed. It is this in-the-trenches approach to treatment that forms the basis of No Bull, addressing every critical cardiac topic from the heart patient's point of view."

No Bull offers unprecedented insight into often-neglected aspects of the disease such as the role a patient's spouse and family play in recovery and what women should be aware of in the diagnostic phase of their treatment. The book features workable motivational tools and an effective treatment model to help patients make important lifestyle changes to get better, stay better, and avoid invasive and expensive procedures in the future.

No Bull is written to reach the millions of people who have heart disease in addition to all those that have the critical risk factors: diabetes, obesity, smoking, stress, and sleep deprivation. Most importantly, Drs. Okner and Clorfene's No Bull clinical approach works. Their patient's get better because they are comprehensively treated medically, behaviorally, and psychologically. "

The authors are available for comment, interviews, speaking engagements, and to provide content for medical columns and features. Contact Lori Gertz at 630-915-1529 with questions or to request an interview.

About the Authors:
Dr. Joel Okner received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and M.D.
from the University of St. Andrews and University of Glasgow, in Scotland. He is American Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and American Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served as Director of Cardiac Catheter Lab at Advocate Condell Medical Center from 1998 to 2002 and in addition to his private practice and community outreach programs, has been the Medical Director of Advocate Condell Medical Center (MCHI) since 2000.

He completed his internship and residency and was chosen as Chief Resident at Rush
University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He has been in clinical practice at Advocate Condell Medical Center for approximately 14 years.

Dr.Clorfene is a licensed practicing clinical psychologist, specializing in health
psychology and psychotherapy.

In addition to his private practice, he is the Director of Psychological Services for the Mercatus Obesity Treatment program and head psychologist at Advocate Condell Medical Center's Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

Dr. Clorfene received his Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Master's
degree in biological sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his residency and post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology and psychotherapy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The authors, with their 35 years of combined clinical medical experience are also successful radio personalities on "The Doctors Are In", a fun and spirited weekly radio show on WKRS-AM in the Chicago area. For more information on the book, the Doctors, or their private practice, call 847-775-0015 or Lori Gertz at 630-915-1529.

http://www.drjeremydrjoel.com

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