Celebrating World Heart Day 29.09.2023

As the world comes together to celebrate World Heart Day, which is observed annually on September 29th and aims to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and promote heart-healthy living. It provides a platform for individuals, communities, and organizations to come together in the fight against CVDs, which remain the leading cause of death worldwide.

On World Heart Day, there couldn’t be a more fitting occasion to introduce you to the remarkable biography of Sir Magdi Yacoub, A Surgeon and a Maverick: The Life and Pioneering Work of Magdi Yacoub. His story is a testament to the power of innovation, dedication, and the profound impact one individual can have on the world of medicine. His contributions to the field of cardiac surgery continue to save lives and inspire future generations of medical professionals.

In this first authorized biography of Egypt’s ‘King of Hearts’ veteran journalists, Simon Pearson and Fiona Gorman, follow Yacoub’s remarkable life, who was born, raised, and medically trained in Egypt at Cairo University, to his long and distinguished career in Britain. In 1983 Yacoub performed the first heart-lung transplant in Europe, in Harefield Hospital, leading up to his knighthood in 1992, and his 2014 awarding of the highest honor in the gift of the Queen, the Order of Merit.

On this World Heart Day, let us celebrate not only the health of our own hearts but also the visionary individuals like Sir Magdi Yacoub who have dedicated their lives to mending the hearts of others. A Surgeon and A Maverick serves as a fitting tribute to a man whose work has touched countless lives and continues to do so.

Yacoub with young patients in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1999, a year after they all
underwent heart surgery. Credit: Lynn Hilton.

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation, Egypt. www.myf-egypt.org.

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