Every day, 2,600 Americans die of cardiovascular disease—and despite remarkable interventional and surgical procedures, over 650,000 new heart attacks occur annually.
In The Heart Speaks, Dr. Mimi Guarneri reveals groundbreaking new research that the heart is a multilayered, complex organ, possessing intelligence, memory, and decision-making abilities independent from the mind—and that healing the heart can have more to do with healing the mind and soul than we ever knew.
From childhood in a family riddled with heart disease to a medical career facing the pounding heartbeats of cardiac emergencies, Dr. Guarneri draws us into the intimate moments of life and death, and leads us on a riveting exploration of the heart's many mysteries. Through her compelling memoir we see that it is only by knowing the whole heart—its mental, emotional, spiritual, and universal aspects—that we can truly heal.
Dr. Mimi Guarneri is founder and medical director of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and has been an attending physician in cardiovascular disease at Scripps Clinic since 1995. Dr. Guarneri is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in such journals as the Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of Echocardiology. She has been nominated for the Bravewell Award in IM Leadership and honored by the American Heart Association. She is board certified in cardiology and internal medicine. She lives in La Jolla, California.
"This deeply personal book...can change your life and might even save it." -- Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Love & Survival
"[A] groundbreaking and heartwarming book...blending the latest research with unforgettable true stories." -- Paul Pearsall, Ph.D., author of The Heart's Code
"This is an honest, informative, and moving book by a leader in the transformation of medicine and health of medicine and health care. I recommend it." -- Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Healthy Aging
"Like all genuine healers throughout history, Dr. Mimi Guarneri knows the power of story to heal, to make whole. She is a physician of the heart in all its many meanings." -- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Power of Ordinary Things