"Ladies, Love Your Heart!": 20th Anniversary of the Healthy Heart Handbook for Women
Ladies, it's time to love your heart! That's the message contained in the 20th anniversary edition of the must-read handbook, "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women."
Akinso: Ladies, it's time to love your heart! That's the message contained in the 20th anniversary edition of the must-read handbook, "The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women." The handbook, a publication of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, contains new information about women and heart disease and offers practical suggestions for reducing the risk of heart-related problems. Dr. Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, leader of the NHLBI's Medicine Scientific Research Group, talks about some of the interesting highlights from the handbook.
Desvigne-Nickens: This handbook is really very practical, giving advice and how to information. There are tips on following a nutritious eating plan. There's also, for example, a program that allows you to tailor physical activity to your own needs. There's also tips on how to get your whole family involved in healthy living. This is really a how-to. There is practical information for example questions that you can use to discuss heart disease with your doctor, a quiz about heart attack risk. There's information about diabetes. There's even information about how to stop smoking. Perhaps one of the more important tools contained in this book are stories of women and how they experience and live with heart disease.
Akinso: As part of The Heart Truth campaign, the booklet points out that heart disease is number one killer of women. Dr. Desvigne-Nickens said since nearly one in four American women dies from heart disease, it is critical to know that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking or being overweight are all major risk factors.
Desvigne-Nickens: Well the message in the handbook is really very simple. To have a healthy heart, it's critical to know your risk factors and to take measures to control them. This is an important time that information empowers you. Knowing your risk allows you to take measures to control risk and therefore improve your longevity and quality of life from the heart health perspective.
Akinso: The "Healthy Heart Handbook" is available for $4.00 from the NHLBI Information Center. The number is 301-592-8573; it's also online at www.nhlbi.nih.gov. This is Wally Akinso at the National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland.
About This Audio Report
Reporter: Wally Akinso
Sound Bite: Dr. Patrice Desvigne-Nickens
Topic: Heart Health