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Welcome to the Mardigian Wellness Resource Center Information Guides

These Information Guides have been developed to help patients and families find sources of information and support. These Guides are not meant to be comprehensive, but rather to provide starting points for information seeking. These Guides are created by the librarian in the Mardigian Wellness Resource Center, a cardiovascular consumer health library, in the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center.  

The Mardigian Wellness Resource Center provides materials for information and convenience only. They are not to be substituted for medical advice. Medical information is often controversial and continually changes. Please talk to your doctor about your specific concerns.

New Books to the Mardigian Wellness Resource Center

Living Well with Heart Failure, the Misnamed, Misunderstood Condition

This book explains what heart failure is including causes, symptoms, treatment and challenges as well as information on living and managing with heart failure.

Eat Less Salt

Provides strategies for cutting back on sodium gradually.

Recognizing and Surviving Heart Attacks and Strokes

This book is based on fifty years of patient care and includes stroke warning signs, including little-known signs that go unrecognized by most.

The Salt Solution Diet

Provides low-salt recipes as well as tips to help as the supermarket and restaurants.

The Big Book of Low-Sodium Recipes

Includes over 500 low-sodium recipes.

Navigating the Complexities of Stroke

This book provides a practical guide to stroke.

Stronger after Stroke

This book provides simple instructions for reaching the highest possible level of healing.

Beat the Heart Attack Gene

A guide on how to prevent heart disease based on genetic factors.

The Stroke Recovery Book

Provides information on different types of stoke and why they occur. Also provides information on what to expect following a stroke, including the recovery and rehabilitation process.

Living with Stroke

Provides information on life after stroke for patients, families and caregivers.

The Mindful Caregiver

This book shows caregivers how to care for themselves even as their time and daily lives are consumed by the necessities of their loved one.

The Caregiver's Survival Handbook

This book helps caregivers figure out how to look after aging loved ones, provide for other family members, and attend to their own lives without losing themselves in the process.

Passages in Caregiving

The author, Gail Sheehy, knows firsthand the trials, fears, and rare joys of caregiving. Here, she identifies eight crucial stages of caregiving and offers insight for successfully navigating each one. Most important, however, she points out that you don't have to be alone in this process. This book can help turn a stressful, life-altering situation into a journey that can be safely navigated and from which everyone can benefit.

How to Care for Aging Parents

This book is an authoritative, clear, and comforting source of advice and support for the ever-growing number of Americans--now 42 million--who care for an elderly parent, relative, or friend.

A Bittersweet Season

Here, the longtime New York Times expert on the subject of elderly care and the founder of the New Old Age blog shares her frustrating, heartbreaking, enlightening, and ultimately redemptive journey, providing us along the way with valuable information that she wishes she had known earlier.


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Amy Hyde
Mardigian Wellness Resource Center
Michigan Medicine
Frankel Cardiovascular Center
Level 2 off the Atrium
Room 2101


This Information Guide may contain information and/or instructional materials developed by Michigan Medicine for the typical patient with your condition. It may include links to online content that was not created by Michigan Medicine and for which Michigan Medicine does not assume responsibility. It does not replace medical advice from your health care provider because your experience may differ from that of the typical patient. Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions about this document, your condition or your treatment plan.