An update of the 1978 guide, out-classed by recent guides that are more prevention- and patient-oriented. Adhering firmly to the medical professional's point of view, Alpert (University of Massachusetts Medical Center) first explains the anatomy and physiology behind heart attacks and other cardiac problems. He then moves briskly through hospital treatment--coronary care units, surgery (""the patient will normally be sedated and brought to the operating room about two hours before the surgery begins. . ."")--and on to ""Recovery and Staying Well."" There are the standard post-heart-attack guidelines on diet, no-smoking, work, exercise, etc. Though the information is all reasonably up-to-date, the tenor is off. Consumer-minded guides that focus not only on avoiding difficulties, but on improving general health--all without a lecturing tone--have taken the medical self-help art far beyond this.