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HEALTH TOPICS - HEART DISEASES

Our Health


Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke Among American Indians and Alaska Natives
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS)

Heart Disease - Arctic Health
(National Library of Medicine and University of Alaska Anchorage)



Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians (PDF, 9.35 MB)
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH and Indian Health Service, HHS)
A culturally appropriate educational booklet for American Indians on heart healthy living. In an easy-to-read format, the booklet provides concise information on heart disease and its risk factors. It explains heart attack signs and how to respond to them, as well as how to reduce risk factors for heart disease, prevent and control high blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol, prevent and control diabetes, manage weight, and stop smoking. Includes an action plan and tip sheet.

Our Stories

The Heart, The Drum
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH)
This 10-minute motivational video focuses on the problem of cardiovascular disease in Native American and Alaska Native people and how they can deal with the major risk factors for it. Three people from the tribal communities of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, the Ponca in Oklahoma, and the Bristol Bay area in Alaska, tell how they changed their lifestyles for heart health.
(This video requires the use of the RealPlayer, which can be downloaded from RealPlayer‘s Web site at no charge.)

Stories From the Heart: Balerma's Story
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH)
Balerma writes about high prevalence of diabetes and heart disease in her family and how she is teaching her children about healthy lifestyles.

Stories From the Heart: Orlinda's Story
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH)
Linda writes about the changes she has made to her lifestyle after her father died of heart disease.

For Researchers, Health Professionals, & Educators

American Indian and Alaska Native Heart Disease and Stroke Fact Sheet
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
This 2003 fact sheet provides statistics and research briefs.

Native Americans and Heart Disease
(National Library of Medicine)
Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed.

Heart Disease and American Indians/Alaska Natives
(Office of Minority Health, HHS)
This resource provides statistics and incidence rates of heart disease and related conditions.

Honoring the Gift of Heart Health: A Heart Health Educators Manual for American Indians (PDF, 4.2 MB)
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH and Indian Health Service, HHS)
A comprehensive, culturally appropriate 10-lesson course on heart-health education for the American Indian community. Filled with skill-building activities, reproducible handouts, and idea starters. Two appendices cover activities for training Heart Health Educators to implement the program, and An American Indian Family's Journey to heart health, told with heart healthy recipes for each family member's favorite foods.

Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease -- United States, 2006-2010
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
2011 research summary.

Stroke and American Indians/Alaska Natives
(Office of Minority Health, HHS)
This resource provides stroke statistics and incidence rates.

Health Information About Heart Diseases for Everyone

Heart Disease in MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)

Heart Disease and Stroke
(Office of Women's Health, DHHS)

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