roasted-potatoesYou may think that after surviving a heart attack, most people would be eager to toe the line with respect to dietary changes and exercise. Surprisingly, few do. The reasons are many and include a lack or an overload of information, fear of being consigned to a flavorless diet, and a longing for favorite foods on the “no” list. And perhaps the biggest reason of all: It’s simply too hard. Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RD, LDN, addresses all of these and more in her new book.

Inspired by a desire to prevent her husband, a heart attack survivor, from experiencing—as her father did—a second, and fatal, heart attack, Brill wrote Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease. She offers just the right amount of information—neither too much nor too little—in clear and concise language and makes it easy to put it into practice by adding a two-week eating plan and plenty of satisfying recipes along with suggestions for exercising your way to improved heart health.

Based on the Mediterranean diet, her approach, which emphasizes heart-healthy foods plus moderate exercise, is a must-read for heart attack survivors but an equally smart read for all people who want to keep their hearts strong and healthy.