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Resources For Patients & Families

Answers By Heart

Answers by Heart is a series of downloadable patient information sheets presented in a question-and-answer format that's brief, easy to follow and easy to read. They also provide room for you to write down questions to ask your doctor.

Glossary of Heart Disease

The term 'heart disease' is often used - but there are many types of disease that come under this category. This companion piece to "The Heart of a Woman" in our Spring 2015 issue provides a list of some of the most common conditions in the heart disease spectrum.

Health Assessments

By entering a few of your health numbers, our risk tools will provide you with valuable information on steps you can take today to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Take a few minutes to learn your health risks with one of our powerful risk assessment tools.

Heart360 Personal Health Record

Heart360® is an easy-to-use tool which helps you understand and track the factors that affect your heart health - including blood pressure, physical activity, cholesterol, glucose, weight and medications. Heart360® safely and securely stores your information in Microsoft® HealthVault™. Sign up today to manage your heart health!

My Life Check

My Life Check® was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health for all Americans. Any person can make these changes and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. Know your heart score.

Patient & Family Support Network

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has created an online community called the Support Network. The goal is to connect people living with heart disease and stroke with others who are going through similar journeys.

Stroke Connection Magazine

For over 20 years Stroke Connection has been the award-winning voice of support, information and inspiration for a vast community of stroke survivors and their families. Now offered exclusively as a digital publication, it's available virtually everywhere.

Trackers & Logs

Nearly twenty different printable trackers and logs for everything from recording your family health history to tracking your physcial activity or preparing for your next visit to the doctor.

Watch, Learn & Live Video Library

Here you'll find informative illustrations and animations about a variety of conditions, treatments and procedures related to heart disease and stroke.
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What to Eat (and what to avoid) if You Have Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you know the importance of a healthy diet in managing the disease. Making healthy choices in what you eat is essential, but sometimes it’s hard to be sure if you’re eating the right foods. Choose foods that are low in saturated and trans fats, sodium and added sugars. This list can help you decide what you should eat and what you should limit.

Are you at Risk for High Cholesterol?

It may surprise you to know that cholesterol itself isn’t bad. It is a soft, fat-like substance that your body produces naturally. It helps make new cells, some hormones and substances that help digest foods. Cholesterol is part of a healthy body. But having too much of it in your blood can be a problem. Too much cholesterol contributes to a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke.

What’s the Best Time of Day to Exercise?

Morning, afternoon, evening—when do you think is the best time of day to work out? Some people wouldn’t think of giving up their 6 a.m. jog because it gets their day going. Others swear by a long walk after dinner to relieve the stress of the day. Which is best?

The Benefits of Tai Chi Healthy Body, Strong Heart

If you have heart disease, you may want to find a physical activity that you can easily maintain. The slow-paced "meditation in motion" of Tai Chi may be just what the doctor ordered. Based on the existing evidence, Tai Chi is a promising addition to regular heart care.

Navigating your Local Farmers Market

We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is important for good health, and one of the best places to find them is at your local farmers market. You can’t get produce that’s much fresher—it’s coming direct from the farm to you, rather than being picked before ripening and then shipped long distance to your local grocery store. Prices can be cheaper than grocery stores, too.
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Childhood Conditions

Childhood Cholesterol

Raised cholesterol levels early in life may play a role in the development of atherosclerosis (fatty plaque in arteries) in adulthood. Learn the recommended levels for children

DiGeorge Syndrome

A high percentage of children with DiGeorge syndrome, a genetic immune system disorder, are born with heart defects.

Childhood Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy is a chronic disease in which the heart muscle becomes inflamed and doesn't work as well as it should. Find out what to expect.

Childhood Heart Failure

Sometimes the heart of a child may not function properly. It's important to recognize how it's diagnosed, treated and even cured in younger children.

Heart Murmurs

A heart murmur is an abnormal sound in the heart caused by defective heart valves or holes in the heart walls. Innocent murmurs are common in children, and quite harmless.

Childhood High Blood Pressure

HBP isn’t just a disease for adults. Teens, children and even babies can have it. Treating it can be as easy as helping your child develop heart-healthy habits.

Kawasaki Disease

This childhood illness can result in long-term heart complications. Learn the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for Kawasaki disease.

Rheumatic Fever

This inflammatory infection can occur after strep throat. Sometimes rheumatic fever affects the heart and can cause permanent damage.

Childhood Stroke

Stroke in infants and children presents unique challenges to parents. Find resources and read personal stories of young stroke survivors.

Childhood Arrhythmia

Some arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, need treatment, many do not. Read about your child’s specific type and find a checklist for parents.

Congenital Heart Defects

If your child is born with a heart defect today, the chances are better than ever that the problem can be overcome and a normal adult life will follow.
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Departments

Heart News

Heart health news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Heartfelt

Articles, poems and art submitted by heart disease survivors and their loved ones.

Life's Simple 7

Improving your health is as easy as minding seven simple health factors and behaviors. Tips and information to help you improve your health and enhance your quality of life.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These heart patients, their loved ones and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.