Am I Dying?! : A Complete Guide to Your Symptoms-and What to Do Next
by Kelly, Christopher, M.D.; Eisenberg, Marc, M.D.

A comprehensive, light-hearted resource for the hypochondriac in all of us, from two Columbia University cardiologists who review dozens of symptoms and offer advice on when to chill out, make a doctor’s appointment, or go to the hospital.

Cardiologists at Columbia University Medical Center, Christopher Kelly, MD, and Marc Eisenberg, MD, FACC, are both highly accomplished physicians and health experts. Though they treat people of all ages with diverse health concerns, the one question most patients really want to know is, “Am I dying?!”

Most new symptoms turn out to be minor. Most likely, that stuffy nose isn’t a sign of cancer. But sometimes a headache isn’t just a temporary nuisance; it could be a sign of a serious condition. None of us wants to ignore a problem that could harm our health or even cause death. Though the internet offers a wealth of data, it can also be a source of harmful misinformation. So if you have a new symptom, how worried should you be?

In Am I Dying?!, Dr. Kelly and Dr. Eisenberg walk you through the most common symptoms—from back pain, bloating, chest pain, constipation, and forgetfulness to fatigue, rashes, shortness of breath, and weakness— and provide helpful, conversational guidance on what to do. Organized in a humorous, easy-to-access format and packed with practical information and expert advice, Am I Dying?! is an essential resource every household needs.

In this easy-to-understand guide, two Columbia University cardiologists double as medical experts and comedians. When they mention that most people pass gas about 20 times a day, they observe, "Another reason to work from home." They vividly describe bodily functions gone awry. Severe bleeding into the stomach or esophagus will "make even the vomiting scene from The Exorcist look tame." Logically organized, the book includes chapters on the head and neck, arms and legs, belly, skin and hair, and "gentleman parts" and "lady parts." It's also full of Trivia Pursuit-worthy facts. Who knew that it's normal to shed 100 hairs a day? Typically, the doctors are reassuring ("take a chill pill"). But they do always advise when it's a good idea to "get to the E.R." A bad bladder infection, for example, can actually spread to the kidneys and bloodstream and become life-threatening. Expect solid information (anabolic steroids and beta blockers can cause erectile dysfunction; long-term use of high doses of Advil, Motrin, or Aleve can damage kidneys) presented in a lively, entertaining way. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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