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Self-Learning Source: AHA’s Interactive Cardiovascular Library

Posted by on February 1st, 2021 Posted in: Health Literacy, Health Observances, Training & Education
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Significant contributors to heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol.

February is American Heart Month. It’s a good time to start taking steps to improve your health. (Remember those New Year’s resolutions?) Consider also taking some time this month to get better acquainted with heart health.

The American Heart Association has an interactive cardiovascular library called “Watch, Learn and Live”. Through text, animation and graphics, viewers can learn about over 20 topics related to heart health. What’s nice about the interactive library is that plain text is used with the graphics while more detailed information is included on the left side-bar. The information is short segments and is easy to review as needed.

Some of the topics included:

  • blood pressure
  • cholesterol
  • stent
  • heart attack
  • hemorrhagic stroke
  • cardiac catheterization

Keep in mind, this is not meant to be a substitute for a doctor or professional advice or treatment. Schedule a time for a health check-up and talk to your doctor about cholesterol, blood pressure, and your heart health risks. In fact, let your doctor know that you are using this educational resource to learn more about your health.

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Carolyn Martin is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the NNLM Region 5. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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