HEART RENDING-HEART MENDING: SAVED BY MEDICAL SCIENCE, HEALED BY ANCIENT WISDOM is a memoir which describes my recovery from open heart surgery using integrative medicine modalities. It also seeks to educate women about the dangers they face from poorly diagnosed, or even misdiagnosed, heart symptoms. Thousands of women die each year because they do not know they are having a heart attack. It uses poetry, prose, letters and the actual surgeon’s notes to describe my experience. Doctors have said that the book gives them insight into what patients go through – insights they did not have before.