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February 2006

NHM Health Focus: Heart Health


Heart Health Resources:
 – Heart Disease Prevention (MedlinePlus: NLM)
Heart and Vascular Disease Information (NHBLI)
 – American Heart Association (AHA)
 – Women and Cardiovascular Disease (AHA)
 – Heart Health (NWHIC)
 – Heart Anatomy (Yale-NewHaven Med Ctr.)
 – Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders (Merck)
 – Heart Healthy Handbook for Women (NHBLI)
 – National Women's Health Resource Center
 – Cardiac Rehabilitation (AHA)
 – Exercise For Your Health (Cleveland Clinic)

 – Cardiovascular Disease: Still #1 (HealthPolitics.com)

Organizations Dedicated to Heart Health
 – National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHBLI)
 – Sister to Sister
 – National Coaltion for Women with Heart Disease
 – American Heart Association

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death for women and men over the age of 40. Events in February focus our attention on how heart disease affects people of all ages.

  • National Heart Month (February) This year the American Heart Association (AHA) is celebrating National Heart Month with a focus on women's heart health research and education.

  • National Wear Red Day (February 3), sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHBLI) calls attention to the role heart disease plays in women's health.

  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (February 7-14). The Congenital Heart Information Network (CHIN, ) is coordinating a program to increase public awareness of Congenital Heart Defects and Childhood Heart Disease.  

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Week (February 11 - 18), sponsored by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) alert patients and professionals to the benefits a medically supervised program that helps heart patients "recover quickly and improve their overall physical and mental functioning."

  • National Woman's Heart Day® (February 17), sponsored by Sister to Sister: Everyone Has A Heart Foundation, encourages women to be screened for heart disease and to adopt a healthy life-style.

For more about heart disease see:

To check your knowledge of the heart and heart disease see:

Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to heart health:

Activities Exchange: Classic Collection - The Heart and the Circulatory System: Background
Activities Exchange: Classic Collection - The Heart and Circulatory System: Anatomy of the Heart
Activities Exchange: Activities-to-Go - Travel Brochure of the Body Systems
Activities Exchange: Activities-to-Go - Heart Engineering Activity
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week: Heart Disease
What's News: Newsmaker Interview - New Guidelines Target Women and Heart Disease
What's News: Newsmaker Interview - State of the Heart - The Future of Cardiology