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How (Not) to Have a Heart Attack (Comment ne pas avoir une crise cardiaque)

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Original Language: French | 128 pp. | June 2017

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Nordic, and North American rights.

Rights sold:  Mexico (Urano, World Spanish), Italy (Corbaccio), Greece (Pedios), Germany (Goldmann).

Over 6,000 copies sold

English index available

HEALTH

A provocative and humoristic guide by a high-profile cardiologist that will help the reader swallowing a bitter pill in a funny and didactical way.

During his consultations, Fabien Guez has noticed that patients, however well-informed, aren’t paying heed to the basic guidelines on reducing fat, sugar and alcohol intake and the benefits of exercise for lowering the risk of heart disease.

In this book, he uses an iconoclastic tone and has certainly changed his gameplan. He uses humor to make a list of ingredients needed to have a heart attack: food, cigarettes, lack of physical activity, alcohol, stress, weight, pollution etc.

His advice comes with several quizzes and tests.

Extract:

As a cardiologist, I have spent the last 20 years of my career underlining the importance of a healthy life, plenty of good food, and physical activity. Despite my hi IQ, long academic years and the good communication I may establish with them, my patients listen to me while we talk at my practice and agree with me, but forget most of it as soon as they leave the room. People are afraid of heart attacks, but they don’t get to (for example) stop smoking.

It is not easy to become aware of dangers without the help of a killjoy or a party pooper. But I am completely horrified by any way of repression towards my patients and I don’t really see myself saying “I told you so” to a patient turned into a vegetable by hemiplegia or writhing in agony with excruciating chest pains.

I decided then to use a new technique, a next step in cardiology rhetorical strategies. You have decided to have a heart attack? Let me help you! I will tell you everything you need to know.

Dr. Fabien Guez works at a practice in Paris and as a consultant at Ambroise-Paré hospital. He is also a journalist and presents a weekly show called Check- Up Santé on BFMTV. He is the founder of La Compète, a well-known charity run.