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Staying Heart Healthy

by Alwa Cooper

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Heart360 is a tool that allows people to store and track their heart health information online. Once you sign up for a free Microsoft HealthVault account, visit the My Dashboard section of the Web site to input blood pressure and cholesterol readings; there are also sections for blood glucose level, weight, and physical activity. As readings accumulate, Heart360 helps you visually gauge your progress using graphs. The Web site, offered by the American Heart Association, also provides heart information and makes it possible for people to share data with health-care providers.

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The NHLBI offers a number of useful pages on heart health, including “High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know” (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/wyntk.htm), “Stay in Circulation: Facts About Peripheral Artery Disease” (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/pad/materials/pad_extfctsht_general.html), and “Your Guide to Living Well with Heart Disease” (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/other/your_guide/yg_livingwell.htm). These Web pages and others can be downloaded as PDF files; contact the NHLBI to order paper copies.

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