A must read for heart patients.
The lessons of this compelling and amazing story apply to every community in the United States.

It offers a poignant, touching glimpse of the inner workings of a family impacted by cardiac arrest.

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Award-Winning Finalist
in the Health category of the
National Best Books 2009 Awards

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SCA survivors perspective

This is a very well written book. It tells a very scary story of almost losing a loved one. This book helped me personally because I too suffered a cardiac arrest.It was good to read about someone else who went through the same thing and it made me realize what my family went through as well. A must read!

Anne Duffy (New Jersey)

It was hard to understand what I was feeling and this book helped me meet someone else going through a very similar situation. It helped me cope. Jeremy did a great job writing this from a spouses' perspective. It was right on with what my husband was feeling. It also helped steer me towards some great resources.

T. Heinle (Rapid City)

Jeremy Whitehead's "A Heart Too Good to Die" explained SO much for me. I now have a view of what my family endured; I also now have a better understanding of what actually happened to me. During an event like that, facts and medical terms mean nothing. Fear is the emotion that completely takes over.
Jeremy's writing put everything in perspective for me. I worried, chuckled and pondered right along with him while I was reading this book. I was pulling for Carolyn. I sympathized with her colleagues who were with her that day. (I too suffered a cardiac arrest while at a seminar out of town for work).
My family took me through the paces of what happened; relayed what was "done" to me, and explained how I reacted. I thought I understood. This book took my fuzzy view and zoomed the focus lens. I am grateful to Jeremy for taking me on his journey. He's a beautiful writer. I'm an avid reader, and this book not only made me laugh and cry, it spoke to me personally.
Whether you or your loved ones have suffered heart disease or not, I highly recommend it.

Cathy Hall (Ontario, Canada)

Book review in EP LAB Digest

EP LAB Digest is an educational tool as well as a voice for the electrophysiology professional. Launched in 2001, this journal offers both continuous education and a forum through which professionals share information on the best practices, the latest procedures, and ongoing concerns.

Q & A with Author Jeremy Whitehead:New Book Profiles a Spouse’s Account of SCA
Issue Number: 7

Interview by Jodie Elrod

Emergency services worker perspective

One of the unique dimensions of being a paramedic versus other medical professions is that we take care of people in their homes when emotions are most intense. To survive in the world of pre-hospital medicine one usually develops a thick skin and a black sense of humor as emotional defense mechanisms. As I read your book I am reflecting on many of the family members I've dealt with while trying to attend to their loved ones. The description of your emotions puts many of those memories into a new perspective.

By M O’Donnell (Warwick, RI)

A compelling story - a lesson in hope

What a compelling read! This book offers story and learning all in the same package. The story will touch your heart - the vibrant young woman who survives an unthinkable tragedy. She is supported by an adoring husband who, shaken to his core by the near-death events, emerges as her champion and mainstay. The learning comes as insight into the fragility of life, the uncertainty of science and the labyrinth of American healthcare as seen through the eyes of an Aussie. But even more than being just a story or insight into science, this is a book of hope, great love and awareness. It is a call to know more about sudden cardiac arrest because we never know when we might be called to be heros.

By Sara C. Smith (Fort Worth, TX)

Could not put this book down

As I sat down to read this book, I thought I would spend 15 minutes on it, but instead it captured me and I couldn't put it down! For anyone who knows of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest, OR anyone who has almost lost a loved one to ANY sudden, unexplained medical occurence or accident. I laughed and I cried...sometimes on the same page!!! A must read.

By Joan C. (White Plains, NY)

A must buy for scd survivors or their family

A wonderful story of an emotional event!!! I couldn't put the book down. Being a survivor, it was very interesting to hear the story from the spouse's eyes. Some times I was reading through my tears. I remember living so many of those moments. It was so insightful & written wonderfully.

Linda Dickson, a scd survivor

A Heart Too Good to Die

This book brought tears to my eyes, as I went thru the same things as Carolyn did with her arrest. It gives me a sense of relief and comfort to know someone else out there that had the same experience as myself.
I thank Jeremy for putting it into a story and sharing it with the world. I only wish I would have found this book sooner, as it is helping with my healing process from my arrest 10 years ago.
Jeremy's book has given me comfort to know that I am not alone.

By Barbara C (Annapolis, Maryland)

An amazing story of survival against the odds

A true life story of survival against the odds, this book is written in an easy to read but suspensful style, telling the story of one woman's amazing recovery from sudden cardiac arrest, and how it impacted those around her. Less than 1% of people who have this happen survive. This is a must read for those who have loved ones with cardiac problems, but it is also an amazing read for anyone who wants to hear an uplifting story of courage, the resiliancy of the human spirit and love for our fellow man. It is also a story of how simple things aligned can be the difference between life and death. I highly recommend this book.

By Pj Battistone (Haverhill, MA)