|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
||National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 13, 1998
Contact: NHLBI Communications Office|
The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women helps women develop a personal action plan for reducing the major risk factors. There's also news on other factors, like stress, birth control pills, and alcohol and facts on the role of hormone replacement therapy, aspirin, and vitamins. For women with heart disease, a new section explains diagnostic tests, medications, and warning signs and offers advice on talking to the doctor and preparing a heart attack survival plan. Hungry? Find tips on choosing low-fat, low-cholesterol foods and enjoy over a dozen recipes like Bavarian Beef, Baked Pork Chops, Rice Pudding, and Crunchy Pumpkin Pie.
"We want health care professionals to have the latest information on research advances and prevention strategies," says Dr. Lenfant. "But the final responsibility for heart health lies with each woman, because only she can make the lifestyle changes that protect against or control cardiovascular diseases."
The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women was originally published in 1992 and immediately became a U.S. Government best-seller. About 30,000 copies were sold. According to a nationwide survey, most people buy it for personal use, but many nurses and other health care providers use it to educate patients.
The handbook can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Printed copies are available for $5.50 through the NHLBI Information Center, P.O. Box 30105, Bethesda, Maryland 20825-0105, or telephone (301) 251-1222, or fax (301) 251-1223.