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Heart Health Online Guide

Introduction

This online guide is designed to be a starting place for your heart health. It does not take the place of seeing your health care professional to discuss your heart health and/or other medical conditions. These online resources were pulled from various government and nonprofit organizations. The categories include:
• Talking with a loved one
• Heart health and disease
• Healthy eating and living
• Personal health tools
• Stroke and heart health
• Find more information

Web addresses do change over time. If you discover a link is no longer working, please let a librarian know so that we can keep this online guide current and useful for everyone. Thank you!


Talking with A Loved One
Heart Health: Conversation Starters
It can be hard to talk to a family member or friend about making healthy lifestyle changes. Use these tips to start a conversation about heart-healthy changes like quitting smoking or getting more physical activity.


Heart Health and Disease
Keep Your Heart Healthy
Take steps today to lower your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

Heart Diseases
Learn about the different types of heart disease and preventive measures you can take to stay healthy.

About Heart Disease
The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease, which affects the blood flow to the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack. Learn more about heart disease, heart attack, and related conditions by visiting the website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Heart and Vascular Diseases
This website from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has many materials that you can either download, print online, or order print copies.

The Heart Truth Campaign
For more than a decade, The Heart Truth® program has worked to raise awareness about women's risk for heart disease (the #1 killer of women in the United States) and share the steps they need to lead a heart healthy life. your risk for heart disease can increase significantly depending on how many risk factors you have. So take control of your heart health today!

Heart Attack: What is a Heart Attack?
Visit this website to learn what exactly a heart attack is as well as special information for people over 65.


Healthy Eating and Living

Heart Healthy Foods: Shopping List
When it comes to your heart, what you eat matters. Visit this website for tips on heart-healthy eating.

Daily Food and Activity Diary
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: it helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life. Use this diary to help you reach your goals.

Keep the Beat: Deliciously Healthy Eating
Visit this website for free healthy and delicious recipes for you and your family.

Keep the Beat: Delicious Heart-Healthy Latino Recipes
Download this 84-page bilingual (Spanish & English) cookbook to introduce a variety of popular Latino dishes prepared in a heart healthy way. You will need a free Adobe Reader, which you can get Here.


Personal Health Tools

Quit Smoking
Check out this website, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for information quitting, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources.

My Blood Pressure Card
Download and print off this handy blood pressure card to record your important health information and tips for a healthy lifestyle.

Adult BMI Calculator
BMI is an inexpensive and easy-to-perform method of screening for weight category. For example: underweight, normal or healthy weight, overweight, and obesity. This calculator provides BMI and the corresponding BMI weight status category. Use this calculator for adults, 20 years and older.


Stroke and Heart Health

Reduce Your Risk of Stroke
You can help reduce your risk of stroke by making healthy lifestyle changes. This website will provide you with background information regarding stroke as well as help you make healthy lifestyle changes which will help lower your chances of having a stroke.

Heart Disease and Stroke
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Together, heart disease and stroke, along with other cardiovascular disease, are among the most widespread and costly health problems facing the nation today. Fortunately, they are also among the most preventable. Check out this website to learn more about heart disease and stroke.

Manage Stress
Not all stress is bad. But chronic (ongoing) stress can lead to health problems. Preventing and managing chronic stress can help lower your risk for serious conditions like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression. Look at this website to learn how you can reduce and control the stress in your life.

Aspirin fo Reducing Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke: Know the Facts
You can walk into any pharmacy, grocery or convenience store and buy aspirin without a prescription. The Drug Facts label on medication products will help you choose aspirin for relieving headache, pain, swelling, or fever. The Drug Facts label also gives directions that will help you use aspirin so that it is safe and effective. But what about using aspirin for a different use, time period, or in a manner that is not listed on the label? For example, using aspirin to lower the risk of heart attack and clot-related strokes. In these cases, the labeling information is not there to help you with how to choose and how to use the medicine safely. Since you don't have the labeling directions to help you, you need the medical knowledge of your doctor, nurse practitioner, or other health professional. This website serves as a starting point before you meet with your health care professional.

Heart Health and Stroke
Many Women may not be aware that heart disease and stroke are major threats to their health. Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the United States, and stroke is number three. Look at this website for tips and suggestions to lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.

High Blood Cholesterol: What is High Blood Cholesterol?
Too much cholesterol in your blood is called high blood cholesterol. It can be serious. It increases your chances of having a heart attack or getting heart disease. When the cholesterol level in your blood is too high, it can build up in the walls of your arteries. This buildup of cholesterol is called plaque. This website provides ideas on how to lower your bad cholesterol numbers and increase your good cholesterol numbers.

High Blood Pressure: What is High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the blood vessels as the heart pumps blood. If your blood pressure rises and stays high over time, it's called hight blood pressure. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard, and the high force of the blood flow can harm arteries and organs such as the heart, kidneys, brain, and eyes. This website has information to help you manage your blood pressure and keep you healthy.


Find More Information
The American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. This nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees. They moved their national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization's stroke-related activities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Visit this resource-rich website for highly useful information regarding all aspects of heart health.

 

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