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Educational Materials for Patients

Heart Disease

Fact Sheets

Podcasts

  • A Cup of Health with CDC: Help a Hurting Heart
    National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month—October 2010
    For most medical conditions, early detection and a quick response are important for a positive outcome. That’s especially true with a sudden cardiac arrest, during which the heart abruptly stops beating effectively, resulting in loss of blood flow to the brain and other vital organs.
    Date released: 10/14/10
  • Ask CDC Podcast Series: Women–Be Smart About Your Heart
    This podcast is about heart disease and women and what you can do to reduce your risk.
    Date released: 4/20/2009
  • A Cup of Health with CDC–Listen to Your Heart
    Each year, approximately half a million Americans die from a heart attack. Robert Merritt discusses the causes of heart attacks and the advancements in drug treatments and new cardiac technologies, including automated external defibrillators.
    Date released: 3/20/08
  • A Minute of Health with CDC–Listen to Your Heart
    Each year, approximately half a million Americans die from a heart attack, and this broadcast discusses common symptoms of an impending heart attack.
    Date released: 3/20/08

Other Resources

The following Web sites include government health links and resources about heart disease—

Stroke

Know the Facts About Stroke

This full-color, easy-to-read handout describes the risk factors, signs and symptoms, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke.

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High Blood Pressure

Know the Facts About High Blood Pressure

This full-color, easy-to-read handout describes the risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of high blood pressure.

Fact Sheets

Podcasts

Listen to CDC podcasts for reliable health and safety information when and where you want it.

  • A Cup of Health With CDC: Dealing with High Blood Pressure
    High blood pressure (HBP) increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. Nearly 30% of the U.S. adult population had HBP during 2001–2004, and HBP was not controlled in approximately 70% of those persons. To assess the prevalence of actions to control HBP, CDC analyzed data from 20 states. The results indicated that nearly all adults with HBP were taking at least some action, but some persons can take additional actions, including dietary changes, exercise, and taking prescribed medication.
    Date Released: 5/4/2009
  • A Cup of Health with CDC: Living a Less Salty Life
    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. A diet high in sodium, or salt, can raise blood pressure. Dr. Darwin Labarthe discusses the importance of lowering your salt intake in order to minimize the risk of developing hypertension.
    Date Released: 4/2/2009

Other Resources

The following Web sites include government health links and resources about high blood pressure—

Cholesterol

Know the Facts About High Blood Cholesterol

This full-color, easy-to-read handout describes the risk factors, signs and symptoms, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of high blood cholesterol.

Fact Sheets

Podcasts

Listen to CDC podcasts for reliable health and safety information when and where you want it.

  • National Cholesterol Education Month
    Do you know your cholesterol numbers? Your doctor can do a simple test to check your cholesterol levels and help you make choices that lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.
    Date released: 9/9/2009

Other Resources

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Salt

Fact Sheets

Podcasts

  • A Cup of Health with CDC—Living a Less Salty Life
    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. A diet high in sodium, or salt, can raise blood pressure. Dr. Darwin Labarthe discusses the importance of lowering your salt intake in order to minimize the risk of developing hypertension.
    Date released: 3/31/09
  • A Minute of Health with CDC—Living a Less Salty Life
    A diet high in sodium can lead to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. This broadcast discusses how people can improve their health by becoming aware of the salt content in their food.
    Date released: 3/31/09

CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs)

Other Resources

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