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Heart Diseases

Our Health
Health information specific to American Indian and Alaska Native people

Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS

Consumer Health Resources for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Heart Disease

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Statistical Fact Sheet - American Indians/Alaska Natives and Cardiovascular Diseases

American Heart Association

(PDF, 303 KB)

Your Choice for Change - Honoring the Gift of Heart Health for American Indians

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. (PDF, 9.35 MB)

Our Stories
American Indians and Alaska Native people share their personal health experiences

Stories From the Heart: Balerma's Story

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH

Balerma writes about the 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.

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.

For Researchers, Health Professionals, and Educators
Tools for American Indian and Alaska Native people health

American Indian and Alaska Native Heart Disease and Stroke Fact Sheet

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This 2014 fact sheet provides statistics and research briefs.

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 Educator's Manual for American Indians

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH and Indian Health Service, NIH

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. (PDF, 4 MB)

Native Americans and Heart Disease

National Library of Medicine

Journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed.

Prevalence of Coronary Heart Disease -- United States, 2006-2010

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2011 research summary.

Researcher Resources for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Heart Disease

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Stroke and American Indians/Alaska Natives

Office of Minority Health, HHS

This resource provides stroke statistics and incidence rates.

Organizations and Programs
Organizations and programs supporting health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities

Organizations for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Heart Disease

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

General Health Information about Heart Diseases

Heart Disease in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine

Heart Health and Stroke

Office on Women's Health, DHHS