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Keep Track of Your Heart Health

Online tool helps you assess, manage risk for high blood pressure and cholesterol

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- If you're concerned about high blood pressure or high cholesterol, there's a new online interactive tool to help you get customized information to assess and manage your risk.

The American Heart Association has added high blood pressure and high cholesterol to its online interactive health management tool called Heart Profilers. It analyzes more than 20 of your personal characteristics, including age, gender and race.

Here's where to go to find Heart Profilers.

The free, 24-hour, confidential resource is based on the latest research reports, and it's updated each month. It matches your medical information, or profile, with published clinical research studies and provides treatment information specific to your condition.

It takes about 20 minutes to create your personal profile and receive an initial report. The report includes a list of questions you can take with you to your doctor.

Heart Profilers also offers information about drug side effects, compares various treatment options, and has an index of medical terms to ensure you understand all the information you receive.

"Heart Profilers is not just another medical or health Web site. It's a major advance in online technology that has the potential to change the way patients and physicians interact with each other," says Dr. Clyde Yancy, an associate professor of medicine/cardiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and chairman of the medical board for the heart failure tool of Heart Profilers.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has information on how to keep your heart healthy.

SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Sept. 30, 2002
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