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Health Agencies Update
November 18, 1998

Healthy Heart Handbook

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JAMA. 1998;280(19):1649. doi:10.1001/jama.280.19.1649-JHA80009-4-1

An updated handbook from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides the latest information to women on steps they can take to prevent cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke.

The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women helps women develop a personal plan for reducing major risk factors, including smoking, hypertension, obesity, and high blood cholesterol. The 100-page handbook also discusses other factors, such as stress, oral contraceptives, and alcohol, as well as the role of hormone replacement therapy, aspirin, and vitamins. A section aimed at women with heart disease gives information about diagnostic tests, medications, and warning signs, as well as preparing a heart attack survival plan.