Restart Your Heart

The Playbook for Thriving With AFib

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
240 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2020
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Author Biography

Dr. Aseem Desai is a cardiac electrophysiologist (EP), a physician specializing in heart rhythm disorders. He has been caring for people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) for over seventeen years and currently practices in Orange County, California. Dr. Desai graduated from Northwestern University Medical School as part of the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME). He did his internship, residency, chief residency, cardiology fellowship, and electrophysiology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Desai served as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Implantable Device Therapy at the University of Chicago Hospital. As an author of several scientific manuscripts, he has published in peer-reviewed journals such as HeartRhythm Journal, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Journal of Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Desai’s passion for connecting with people has allowed him to increase AFib awareness through speaking engagements, writing for the general public on blogs such as The Doctor Weighs In, and on his YouTube channel, which features educational and human-interest stories. He provides personalized care based on the statement: “Doctor, if I were a family member of yours, what would you recommend?” When he's not helping patients, he enjoys spending time with his family, singing, playing guitar, reading, and yoga.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Restart Your Heart: The Playbook for Thriving With Afib by Aseem Desai, MD, FHRS is an insightful and helpful book for readers who want information on atrial fibrillation. The book dispels fear and gives them hope. It gives useful, clear, and concise information so that they can lead a healthy and successful life. This book is a good tool to transform lives in a positive way by showing readers how to have a holistic approach to living. There are several books on the market that give useful information and patient experiences but what makes this book unique and different is that it has been written by an Afib specialist and tells readers how to deal with the condition and manage AFib on their terms. It is a good book that, apart from giving hope and a game plan in dealing with it, helps readers to accept the disease and not let it define them.

Aseem Desai writes in a way that is easy for readers to understand. He speaks about atrial fibrillation in detail and gives good therapeutic options to those patients who have been untreatable. The material shared in the book is relevant and relatable and has good tips to optimize well-being and health. The concepts speak about the author's experience with atrial fibrillation and the 3-step guide developed by the author has been helpful to many patients. Restart Your Heart shares patient stories and experiences, the risk factors, and the other informative details about AFib that make it easy for readers to relate to the topic. The three steps to manage AFib - namely Be Informed, Be Prepared and Be in Control - as well as the practical steps that can be taken to overcome Afib are discussed extensively so it is easy for readers to deal with Afib.

K.C. Finn

Restart Your Heart: The Playbook for Thriving With AFib is a work of non-fiction in the health and medical genre which was written by author Aseem Desai, MD, FHRS. The volume is focused on the condition of atrial fibrillation, which gives abnormal patterns to the beating in the atrial chambers of the heart. Whilst many patients who are diagnosed with AFib can cause further suffering to themselves due to stress and worry, Doctor Desai advocates for more information to be provided on the condition. He delivers it in this useful guide, along with extensive information on the newest knowledge about the condition and how to monitor and keep control of your life when you have it.

This volume provides an easily accessible wealth of information on atrial fibrillation, a condition I hadn’t even heard of until I read this book. Author Aseem Desai offers a properly straightforward introduction to the condition which makes everything really easy to understand, and the narrative prose strikes a great balance between the confident professional persona and the friendly, compassionate tone that patients really need to hear. The information in the guide is really well organized and easy to cross-reference, and the overall message of retaining control on a mental and emotional level resonates with confidence and empowerment for readers who may feel weak, stressed and lost regarding their diagnosis. Overall, Restart Your Heart: The Playbook for Thriving With AFib is a must-read for those who have the condition as well as their families.

Rabia Tanveer

Restart Your Heart: The Playbook for Thriving with AFib by Aseem Desai, MD, FHRS is a very informative book about AFib patients, their families, and caregivers. Not many people are aware of AFib, which is perhaps why people who are suffering from it don’t know about it. Most people aren’t aware of the research done for the prevention and treatment of this condition. Dr. Aseem Desai shares his plentiful information and knowledge about the disease with readers. He is a celebrated cardiac electrophysiologist who has made it his mission to educate people about this condition and help them realize that being diagnosed with AFib doesn’t mean the end of their lives. The fear of the condition is the biggest factor in preventing patients from living their lives to the fullest. Dr. Aseem Desai helps readers understand what AFib is, what you should do after the diagnosis, understand the triggers, and how you can remain safe by monitoring your condition.

Restart Your Heart: The Playbook for Thriving with AFib by Aseem Desai is an informative and educational book; it will be an incredible help for people who have been diagnosed with AFib or a loved one who is going through it. The author uses his knowledge in a caring and composed way to share valuable information with readers to help them manage their condition better. He starts with the basics of the disease, how it is diagnosed, and ends with helping patients cope with the condition. His words are kind, positive and motivational. He gives readers time to digest the information and arm themselves with knowledge; everyone and anyone can gain from this book. This is a helpful book that I know will make the lives of many people easier.