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NHM Health Focus:
Heart Health

February 2009

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Heart Health Resources:
 – Heart Disease Prevention (MedlinePlus: NLM)
Heart and Vascular Disease Information (NHLBI)
 – Heart Hub for Patients (AHA)
 – Women and Cardiovascular Disease (AHA)
 – Heart Health (NWHIC)
 – Heart Anatomy (Yale-NewHaven Med Ctr.)
 – Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders (Merck)
 – Heart Healthy Handbook for Women (NHLBI)
 – National Women's Health Resource Center
 – Cardiac Rehabilitation (AHA)
 – Exercise For Your Health (Cleveland Clinic)

 – Cardiovascular Disease: Still #1 (HealthPolitics.org)

Organizations Dedicated to Heart Health
 – National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI)
 – Sister to Sister
 – National Coaltion for Women with Heart Disease
 – American Heart Association

Events in February focus our attention on how heart disease affects people of all ages.

  • American Heart Month calls attention to the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death and major disability in the United States and that there are steps that each of us can take to reduce our risk of heart disease. CDC

  • National Wear Red Day (February 6, 2009), sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), alerts us to the role heart disease plays in women's health.

  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (February 7-14). The Congenital Heart Information Network (CHIN) is coordinating a program to increase public awareness of Congenital Heart Defects and Childhood Heart Disease.  

The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes after having a heart attack. People who have survived a heart attack can also work to reduce their risk of another heart attack or a stroke in the future. For more information on heart disease and stroke, visit CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

For more about heart disease see:

To check your knowledge of the heart and heart disease see:

To estimate your risk of having a heart attack see:

Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to heart health:

Activities Exchange: Classic Collection - The Heart and the Circulatory System: Background
Activities Exchange: Classic Collection - The Heart and Circulatory System: Anatomy of the Heart
Activities Exchange: Activities-to-Go - Travel Brochure of the Body Systems
Activities Exchange: Activities-to-Go - Heart Engineering Activity
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Heart Disease
What's News: Newsmaker Interview - New Guidelines Target Women and Heart Disease
What's News: Newsmaker Interview - State of the Heart - The Future of Cardiology

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