Now in paperback, Heart Matters is an "amazing memoir...sobering statistics on women and heart disease, and an inspiring example of living and loving life to the fullest." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
Dr. Kathy Magliato is one of fewer than two dozen female heart surgeons practicing in the world today. In the high-stakes, male-dominated world of heart surgery, she has learned how to masterfully take command in life-or-death emergencies no matter what time of day or night she is needed. In her memoir we come to see many of the patients whose lives Dr. Magliato has touched: a baby born with a hole in her heart, a ninety-four-year-old woman with heart failure, and a thiry-five-year-old movie producer who saves her own life by recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack. Along the way, Dr. Magliato frantically juggles a full and happy family life, as the wife of a liver transplant surgeon (they each are on 24-hour call and have his-and-her cell phones by the bedside) with two children under twelve. Heart Matters is an inspiring, behind-the-scenes look at a pioneer who has the power to save people's lives in an instant--including yours.