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Heart Disease Resources
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Diabetes Resources

Heart Disease

Cardiovascular heart disease (CHD), including heart attack and stroke, is the number one cause of death in America. By knowing the facts and taking steps to adopt and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle, you can greatly reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Use these tools to learn about your risk of heart disease, how to prevent it, and what to do if someone you know has a heart attack or stroke.

Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating Your 10-Year Risk of Having a Heart Attack
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

This tool, which uses information from the Framingham Heart Study, can predict your chances of having a heart attack in the next ten years. It is meant for adults ages 20 and older, who do not have heart disease or diabetes.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Body Mass Index is calculated from a person’s height and weight, and is a good indicator of the amount of body fat. High body fat increases your risk of heart disease.

Classification of Overweight and Obesity by BMI, Waist Circumference, and Association Disease Risks
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Use this tool to find out how you measure up.

My Family Health Portrait (Family History)
Department of Health and Human Services

This tool allows you to create your own personalized family health history, and, with guidance from your physician, can help you develop disease prevention strategies that are right for you.

Lower Heart Disease Risk
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

The Heart Truth Campaign from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute helps women improve their heart-health by providing tools and resources to help them reduce their risk of heart disease.

ABC’s of Preventing Heart Disease, Stroke, and Heart Attack
American Heart Association

Follow these three simple steps to help your heart.

Give Me 5 For Stroke
American Stroke Association

Learn the warning signs of stroke from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, American Academy of Neurology, and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Heart Attack Survival Plan
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Be prepared in case you do have a heart attack. Fill out the Heart Attack Survival Plan and keep it in a safe place, such as your wallet or purse.

Act In Time To Heart Attack Signs – Wallet Card
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

This card for your wallet or purse lists the warning signs of a heart attack, what to do in case of a heart attack, and has space to write what medications you are taking as well as emergency contact numbers.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is necessary for your body to process the foods you eat, but too much LDL (bad) cholesterol can clog your arteries. Use the resources below to learn the misconceptions about cholesterol and then take a quiz to test your knowledge about cholesterol and your health.

High Blood Cholesterol Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learn what you can do to prevent or lower high cholesterol and maintain good cholesterol.

Cholesterol Quiz
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about lowering your cholesterol levels.

Common Misconceptions About Cholesterol
American Heart Association

Learn the truth behind the common misconceptions about cholesterol.

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of the arteries. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Learn about blood pressure, the risks of hypertension, and how to lower your numbers to a heart-healthy level.

Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

This site provides the answers to your questions about the causes, prevention, and treatment of high blood pressure.

Hypertension Tutorial
National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health

This presentation illustrates the facts about hypertension.

Diabetes

Most people with diabetes have risk factors that are linked to heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. By managing diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol, people with diabetes can reduce their risk of heart disease. Learn more about your risk and how you can make healthy changes now.

Diabetes Risk Test
American Diabetes Association

According to the American Diabetes Association, 7 million people in the U.S. have diabetes but don't know it. Another 79 million people have pre-diabetes. Determine your risk for having pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes with this simple quiz.

Cardiometabolic (CVD/Diabetes) Risk Diagram
American Diabetes Association

Carbohydrate Chart for Diabetics
 Sparkpeople.com

Monitoring how many carbohydrates you eat each day is key to controlling your blood sugar. Check out this quick reference chart of common carbohydrate-loaded foods, such as grains and fruits, and what the actual single serving size is for each of these foods.

 

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