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  More Information on Heart Disease

Because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States today, there is a wealth of information available covering the subject. If you or a family member or other loved one has been diagnosed with heart disease, becoming educated can help calm your fears. The types of information available span the entire spectrum of heart disease, from genetics and prevention to how lead a more active lifestyle after you have recovered from treatment.

In this technologically advancing age, you can do much of your research at home or from the office by using the internet. Visit the web page of the American Heart Association or research any prescription drugs you may be taking at the popular sites run by WebMD or MEDLINE plus. You can also search for just about any type of heart condition from which you suffer and receive hundreds to thousands of web sites about your condition. One very positive benefit of the internet is that people who suffer from heart disease can find comfort in sharing stories and communicating with other people who have the disease through internet message boards and communication tools like instant messaging.

For those who prefer something of more substance, there are several books available that can provide more information about the subject. Some choices include Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, by Dean Ornish; Thriving with Heart Disease, by Wayne M. Sotile; and The Expert Guide to Beating Heart Disease, by Harlan M. Krumholz. There are books covering any number of heart-disease related subjects, from the link between diet and heart disease to how to understand the pathology behind the types of heart disease.

Undoubtedly, the best source of information is a trusted healthcare provider. If you have a family history of heart disease or have been diagnosed with any type of heart disease, it is important to establish a good relationship with your healthcare provider. Your doctor should be able to answer any questions you may have about your condition and is the first person to ask about prescription medications and your diet and exercise program. Your doctor can point you in the right direction to beginning to lead a healthier lifestyle.