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Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick
Narrated by: Kate Blakk
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Biology
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the vein of Gut and The Brain That Changes Itself, a gripping exploration into the inner workings of the heart and how emotions and lifestyle affect every beat. 

When the actress Debbie Reynolds died a day after her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, we interpreted it as literal 'heartbreak'. But what's the evidence? How do times of emotional upheaval affect the heart? Can love, or exercise, really heal our heart problems? And why do we know so much about heart attacks in men when they are more fatal in women? 

Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a fascinating insight into the workings of our most vital organ and how our emotions and lifestyle affect its every beat. Heart and lung surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp takes us into the operating theatre, explaining what she sees in patients with heart complications and what it's like to perform a life-saving transplant. 

Stamp fell in the love with the heart as a child and continues to be fascinated by its workings and the whole-of-life experiences that affect it. Rich with anecdotes and insights for maintaining heart health, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a blockbuster debut from a unique young voice. 

©2018 Dr Nikki Stamp (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Informative heart knowledge

After takotsubo heart episode I wanted to know more about my heart and this book clarified my questions in general easy to understand information A must read for anyone with a heart

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Excellent read - great book.

I loved this book. Incredibly informative and easy to absorb. My family has a history of heart problems and this answered all my questions and much more. The narration was faultless - I felt like I was being warmly greeted by a friend. Fascinating from start to finish.

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Lots of good info easy to understand

Plenty of great information here.
The narration wasn't that great though. Some sections sounded a bit disjointed and it wasn't very fluid. It was difficult to finish because of the quality of narration. But don't let that put you off listening or reading it because it's full of great information.

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  • Boris M
  • 27-10-2019

Love the Aussie voice

The narrator is great - in fact, her polite Aussie accent helped me to stay with the audiobook. Her voice really makes this and I've already downloaded another of her readings.

On a personal note, this topic is very close to my heart. But I was left wanting and I'm afraid this story isn't much chop. Perhaps why most writers don't attempt careers in heart surgery. Propose the good doctor stick to her day job.