Information and Resources

This Information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care.
Only your doctor can diagnose and treat a medical problem.


PREVENTION

In adults, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death. Many people develop symptoms when they are in their 40’s and 50’s. The best way to assess your chances of developing CHD is to look at your risk factors. With life-style changes that address your risk factors your chances of developing CHD can be significantly reduced.

1. High blood cholesterol

Here’s what YOU can do to reduce cholesterol.

2. High blood pressure

Here’s what YOU can do to reduce high blood pressure.

3. Physical inactivity

Here’s what YOU can do to get started exercising.

4. Obesity and Overweight

Here’s what YOU can do to lose weight.

5. Diabetes mellitus

Here’s what YOU can do to manage your diabetes.

6. Tobacco smoking

Here’s what YOU can do to quit smoking.

7. Stress

Here’s what YOU can do to cope with stress.

HEART DISEASE

Heart Disease is the leading cause of adult deaths for men and women in the United States. Thus, everyone should know the signs and symptoms of a Heart Attack which can differ for women. In the U.S., Heart Failure, also known as Congestive Heart Failure is the most common diagnosis at the time of discharge from hospital care for patients over 65.

HEART PATIENT INFORMATION

As a heart patient it is important to stay informed about treatment options and to understand your medications.

WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE

Sometimes women have different symptoms of heart disease than men. There are on-line resources and groups that are just for women:

 

STROKE

Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes kill about 150,000 Americans each year. Early treatment can prevent or lessen the damage in 4 out of 5 strokes. Strokes can be prevented. There are many factors that increase your risk of having a stroke. The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk.

This Information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care.
Only your doctor can diagnose and treat a medical problem.


ADDITIONAL ON-LINE RESOURCES

"My Life Check”: A Heart Health Assessment
Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):
Offers health and fitness information, travel information, lists of publications, and a search engine to help you find the information you are after.

Department of Health and Human Services:
Has a home page that will lead you to topic about public health and science.

Food and Nutrition Information Center of the National Agricultural Library:
Information on dietary guidelines, food and nutrition research, nutrition educational programs, healthy eating, etc.

The National Institutes of Health:
provides consumer heath information where you can access information about everything imaginable - from preventing heart disease to vasectomy to depression to diabetes.

American Heart Association:
It contains a simple test for assessing risk of heart disease and loads of information about healthy living, diet, support groups, reference materials, and more.

Healthfinder:
is a consumer information site from the United States government. Type in any topic and it will take you to on-line publications, databases, other Web sites, support groups, governmental agencies and other organizations that provide reliable information.

American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:
is a federal government (National Institutes of Health) site with information on the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders. The information line on heart health (800-575-WELL) gives recorded messages in English about how to prevent and treat high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.

National coalition for Women with Heart Disease:
WomenHeart is the nation's only national patient advocacy organization serving the 8,000,000 American women living with heart disease. It provides them with support and information on early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, and aims to improve their quality of life and healthcare. Be sure to review their Women and Heart Disease Fact Sheet.

An Online Source for Information on Heart Disease in Women:
This site is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in collaboration with WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the Office on Women's Health of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Sleep Apnea information including sleep quizzes, sleep tips, children and sleep, etc.              

http://hospitals.unm.edu/sdc/index.shtml

Sleep information on a wide range of topics including, Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Jet Lag, Narcolepsy, Restless Leg Syndrome,Parasomnias, Shift Work, Snoring, and Nightmares.

http://www.sleepeducation.com/

Sleep topics and disorders information including ADHD, melatonin, school start time, GERD, sleep apnea, dementia, asthma, depression, PTSD, shift work, teeth grinding, nightmares, etc.

http://www.sleepfoundation.org/

Sleep Links

Los Alamos Heart Council :: National Sleep Foundation

Los Alamos Heart Council :: American Academy of Sleep Medicine A sleep health information resource by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Heart Month Seminar

Health Fair