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Staying Heart Healthy

by Alwa Cooper

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC GUIDE TO HEART ATTACKS
Curtis Rimmerman, MD, MBA
Kaplan Publishing
New York, 2009
As well as information on heart attack risk factors and prevention, this book offers facts from the latest studies on heart attacks and personal stories from people who have survived traumatic heart events. Kaplan also publishes The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Heart Failure which offers similar information about heart failure (a condition in which the heart is no longer able to pump blood effectively).

THE NEW AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION COOKBOOK
American Heart Association
Clarkson Potter
New York, 2010
The eighth edition of this popular cookbook includes 612 recipes, over 150 of which are new additions. It also offers advice on grocery shopping, basic cooking help, and meal plans for every day and for special occasions.

DVD
MAYO CLINIC WELLNESS SOLUTIONS FOR HEART HEALTH AND MAYO CLINIC WELLNESS SOLUTIONS FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Gaiam, 2008
The Mayo Clinic’s Wellness series of instructional DVDs combines alternative and conventional medical treatments: Doctors discuss heart health and explain the role of a healthy diet, and a yoga instructor leads meditation routines and exercises designed to encourage relaxation and improve circulation.

Periodicals
HEART INSIGHT
(646) 647-6544
http://journals.lww.com/heartinsight
The American Heart Association (AHA) co-publishes this quarterly magazine that offers up-to-date advice and news on heart health. The magazine includes the AHA’s latest recommendations on treatments, guidelines, and heart health goals. Also included are articles about and by people who have or are affected by heart conditions.

HARVARD HEART LETTER
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Heart_Letter.htm
The Harvard Health Letter is published once a month, providing health news with a focus on the latest cardiac research. The newsletter is available in print and PDF form.

Online information
THE HEART OF DIABETES
www.iknowdiabetes.org
The Heart of Diabetes is a program designed by the American Heart Association to encourage people who have both Type 2 diabetes and heart disease to eat healthily, get regular physical activity, and talk to their doctors regularly. The Web site includes a link to the My Diabetes Health Assessment (www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3063522), which calculates a person’s 10-year risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke. To use it, enter your weight, age, level of physical activity, high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol, total cholesterol (HDL plus LDL), blood pressure, age at diagnosis with diabetes, and current HbA1c level. Next, users can sign up online for the Reach Your Goals Guide, which combines a 12-week series of motivational e-mails and a monthly e-newsletter that offers information on heart health-related news, events, and promotions. The program also includes a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/heartofdiabetes) that hosts news from the AHA as well as user discussions.

US AGAINST ATHERO
(866) 272-0787
www.usagainstathero.com
Us Against Athero is a campaign by AstraZeneca to educate people about and raise awareness of atherosclerosis, a condition in which arteries become stiffened and blocked by fat deposits (when these damaged arteries are in the arms or legs, the condition is known as peripheral vascular disease, or PVD). The Web site includes Artery Explorer, a short video that shows how and why arteries become stiffened and blocked. Readers can also sign up for the Athero IQ Program online newsletter, which sends information about atherosclerosis and related AstraZeneca products. A Spanish version of the site, Juntos Contra La Ateros, is at www.usagainstathero.com/esp.

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