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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Magliato Narrator: Reneé Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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Dr. Kathy Magliato is one of fewer than a dozen female heart surgeons practicing in the world today. She is also a member of an even more exclusive group - those surgeons who perform heart transplants. Healing Hearts is the story of the making of a surgeon who also calls herself a wife and mother.

Dr. Magliato takes us into her highly demanding, physically intense, male-dominated world and shows us how she masterfully works to save patients' lives every day. In her memoir, we come to know many of those patients whose lives Dr. Magliato has touched: a baby born with a hole in her heart, a 94-year-old woman with heart failure, and a 35-year-old movie producer who saves her own life by recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack.

Along the way, Dr. Magliato sheds light on the rarely recognized symptoms of heart attack and cardiovascular disease - the number-one killer of women in America - and the specific measures that can be taken to prevent it.

By taking us deep into her life and those of her patients, Dr. Magliato acquaints us with the day-to-day realities of her life and work. We see her frantically juggle a full and happy family life as the wife of a liver transplant surgeon (they each have bedside tables cluttered with pagers and cell-phones) and the mother of two young boys. We also see the toll that being a female pioneer can take, as well as the rewards of such demanding work.

Dr. Magliato's powerful and moving memoir demonstrates her love, passion, and commitment toward both her work and her family and reveals that, at the end of a long day, it's the heart that matters most.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 2/18/2014

    " I admit that I didn't totally finish the last two chapters of this book. While it was interesting to see the medical dramas in real life, I really struggled to get into the book. I liked that she addressed cliches and the difference between what insurance companies are billed and what the hospitals actually make. It was interesting to see that perspective. However, I felt the whole thing dragged on longer than it needed to, with each chapter being choppy and disconnected from the ones before and after it. Overall, interesting read, but certainly not one that will keep you on the edge of your seat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trish | 2/18/2014

    " The most selfish memoir i have read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but it is as much about Dr. Magliato's personal life as the specialty of cardiac surgery. The book was written for a target audience of women. But beyond the ego and target audience, I learned several things about the heart and general health I didn't know. Interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent book...a must read for all women! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 2/3/2014

    " This is a very interesting memoir of a woman in the highly competitive, prohibitively male-dominated field of cardiac surgery. The author conveys her love for cardiac surgery, as well as her struggle to retain a traditional family life as a wife and mother. She places special emphasis on women's heart health. Enlightening and encouraging, this memoir is particularly recommended for female professionals juggling a career and a family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/29/2014

    " I liked this book a lot, but then medical memoirs are always a hit with me. I liked the author as a person, and though I wouldn't want her for a best friend, I'd love to have her as a doctor if I needed heart surgery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kdevoli | 1/11/2014

    " Well-written memoir about what it takes to become a female heart surgeon, including her grueling internship where she once had been awake for so long she stood in a daze in the hospital corridor and wondered to herself, "Does a person have one heart and two lungs, or two hearts and one lung?" Whoa! Apparently heart surgery is still predominantly a man's domain, and the author is candid in describing her many challenges as she pursues her chosen field. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jandreop | 1/8/2014

    " I worked with this surgeon in Pittsburgh and saw an article in People magazine about this book she wrote! I am going to download it to my kindle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ritarose | 1/7/2014

    " ehh . . . always interesting to read about the education of medical professional, but it's a little too, "how lucky am I" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura (Lolo) | 11/17/2013

    " Inspirational and very well-written. You feel as you are right in the operating room. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley Luckett | 11/7/2013

    " Good read. Amazed. There was even a short description of ICD-9-CM & CPT codes which affect provides revenue guidelines. I can related. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 10/26/2013

    " It's hard to describe but she tells of her personal life somewhat and her love of heart surgery, plus the heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey Brown | 8/8/2012

    " Lovely example of the struggles of a female surgeon. Incorporates womens heart health without jamming it down your throat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 6/23/2012

    " This book was really cool because the author compares real life to the life Hollywood makes heart surgery seem. I really encourage people to read this book it makes me have a new respect for doctors "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 2/14/2012

    " Very interesting book. I definitely learned some things while enjoying her stories about her patients and woment's hearts in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrill | 12/12/2011

    " I am not a big non-fiction reader, but this was very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ericaeick | 10/12/2011

    " As a nurse I found that this book shared an interesting perspective from a female MD. I was exhausted just reading about her life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JaNae | 5/4/2011

    " I enjoyed this read. She filled the book with interesting patient stories and educated the reader about heart disease at the same time. Glad I picked this one up and gave it a chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 2/22/2011

    " Lovely example of the struggles of a female surgeon. Incorporates womens heart health without jamming it down your throat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 10/28/2010

    " This book was really cool because the author compares real life to the life Hollywood makes heart surgery seem. I really encourage people to read this book it makes me have a new respect for doctors "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrill | 7/1/2010

    " I am not a big non-fiction reader, but this was very interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trish | 6/11/2010

    " The most selfish memoir i have read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 4/1/2010

    " What an interesting book. She is one talented lady. I could relate to the feeling like ice she needed in surgery. It must be difficult to have to stay so focused in surgery yet allow compassion to surface in her dealings with patients...loved the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jandreop | 2/26/2010

    " I worked with this surgeon in Pittsburgh and saw an article in People magazine about this book she wrote! I am going to download it to my kindle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/25/2010

    " Great writing- witty, educational, and she only speaks the truth.
    Her epic stories about the ER and OR and becoming a heart surgeon are passionate and full of sass. I would not want to get in her way.
    Excellent read for all you medical junkies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/23/2010

    " I liked this book a lot, but then medical memoirs are always a hit with me. I liked the author as a person, and though I wouldn't want her for a best friend, I'd love to have her as a doctor if I needed heart surgery. "

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