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- DescriptionThere is a massive war being waged around planet Earth right w. Millions of incent men, women, children and babies are dying or suffering. The enemy causing all this death and destruction is Heart Disease. But out of the ashes rises phoenix-like a new breed of superhero. You see Heart Disease made a fatal mistake. It left some survivors who are w seeking their revenge. These real life superheroes are CARDIAC ATHLETES. Read their stories, listen to their wise words, follow their examples and protect yourself and the lives of all your loved ones from this pernicious enemy.
- Author BiographyA rugby accident which stopped a promising young sportsman in his tracks didn't dampen Lars Andrews' love of sport. Lars, 49, from Chichester, UK, suffered temporary paralysis following a rugby accident in his teens whilst representing his county of Sussex. From that day on his world changed, but he used his accident to motivate him to do good. After extensively studying exercise physiology, psychology and physical therapy to help himself get back to health, he worked as a PT Instructor to adults with both physical and psychological disabilities and on many academic accomplishments, including a Masters Degree in Cardiology. Now he encourages those with cardiac conditions to get back into health, and even run Marathons and Ironman Triathlons. This is recorded in his book CARDIAC ATHLETES: Real Superheroes Beating Heart Disease, which brings together a host of stories from those with heart conditions who have gone on to become successful sportsman. Lars said: I broke my neck playing rugby, that put an end to my competitive sports days. He spent more than 20 years working in cardiology departments in the UK and Australia and giving lectures to cardiac rehabilitation patients as a Chief Cardiac Physiologist. It was because of these experiences that he set up a website called Cardiac Athletes, a place where athletes with heart conditions can talk to each other on a global forum and gain advice. It was here that the incredible stories of victims of heart disease came together from all over the world, fighting to overcome illness and get back to their previous level of fitness, or even better than they were before. These stories kick-started his idea to compile a series of short, inspirational stories about Cardiac Athletes into a book. The phrase, and consequently the name of his book, 'Cardiac Athletes' stemmed from a conversation Lars overheard between two doctors. He was angered by their description of this patient, as through his knowledge of psychology he knew the power behind words can disempower a person when used in this way and in a eureka moment came up with cardiac athlete. Lars explains: One day at work I passed by two junior doctors discussing a patient as a 'Cardiac Cripple' and remembering my own comeback from paralysis, it enraged me and all day I puzzled over what would be the exact polar opposite ... and then it hit me ... a CARDIAC ATHLETE ! His belief in patients trying to overcome illness and disability motivated him to create this book. In the book's preface he said the book was 'for anyone seeking inspiration' and for 'anyone with a heart'. Lars gathered stories from all over the world, from the USA to India. Each athlete shares their journey from the discovery of their problem, through its diagnosis and treatment, and the long-term consequences. They give honest accounts of how it feels to have your life changed by heart conditions, and how they manage to get back to sports. Lars set up Cardiac Athletes Trust Fund, which has so far raised money to buy AED defibrillators for sports clubs but he wants to also buy baby heart monitors and heart screening sessions for young athletes to protect them against SCD - Sudden Cardiac Death on the sports field. The global cardiac athletes organisation now has thousands of registered forum members and Facebook members from around the world. Marathons, ironman competitions and various other sporting events have been completed by the members of Cardiac Athletes. Despite a setback early in life, this hasn't stopped Lars from helping others, and to continue to do so. By Larry Creswell, MD. July 6, 2014 .
- Author(s)Lars Andrews
- PublisherLars Andrews
- Date of Publication18/07/2014
- SubjectCoping with Problems & Illness
- Place of PublicationChichester
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintLars Andrews
- Content Note13 black and white images
- Weight422 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edited byLars Andrews
- Foreword byDr. Andre La Gerche
- Edition Statement3rd edition
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