June 25, 2008

American Heart Association Launches Patient Web Site

DALLAS, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There is a new place for heart patients, their families and caregivers to go for lifesaving information -- and they won't have to leave their home.

The American Heart Association's new patient Web site -- http://www.hearthub.org/ -- provides tools, resources and information on an array of heart conditions in an easy-to-understand, interactive format. Users will find:

   --  Interactive Glossary: Patients can quickly learn the meanings of       unfamiliar medical terms by typing in the search field or clicking on       a letter.    --  Click-To-Talk: When users enter their name and telephone number, a       representative from the American Heart Association's 24-hour call       center will contact them.    --  Quick Facts Video Library: Patients can stay informed with the latest       videos and animations on heart disease and stroke.    --  Updated Newsfeed: Patients can get the latest health news with daily       updates   
"Heart Hub offers one-stop shopping for people diagnosed with heart disease and stroke, those who have high cholesterol or other risk factors, and healthy people who want to stay that way," said Daniel Jones, M.D., president of the American Heart Association and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Heart Hub also includes an easy-to-navigate 'health centers' menu with information on everything from cardiac arrhythmia to peripheral artery disease. With one mouse click, patients navigate deeper into the content to find information.

With easy-to-identify icons, the helpful tools section of the site gives users quick access to risk assessments, health trackers, treatment options, animations, illustrations and more. These interactive tools help patients evaluate their risk levels and track their blood pressure, weight or other personal health information to help them live healthier.

"With Heart Hub, doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers can quickly and easily lead patients to a credible, abundant source of heart and stroke information," Jones said.

   For more information, visit http://www.hearthub.org/.    About the AHA  

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart diseases and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases, claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2006-07 the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit http://www.americanheart.org/.

American Heart Association

CONTACT: Cindy Lewis of the American Heart Association, +1-214-706-1433,[email protected]

Web Site: http:/// http://www.hearthub.org/http://www.americanheart.org/