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February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, dring only in moderation.
  • Get active and get healthy.
  • Richland Library has an abundance of materials that can help you get healthy. Below you will also find websites that have good information about heart disease and how to maintain a healthy heart.

    Here is just a sample of the materials that Richland Library has to help you learn about heart health.


    Amazon Says: Follow your H-E-A-R-T Heart disease remains the #1 killer of men and women in the U.S., claiming nearly one million lives each year—more than ever before, despite recent ad more...
    Amazon Says: Follow your H-E-A-R-T Heart disease remains the #1 killer of men and women in the U.S., claiming nearly one million lives each year—more than ever before, despite recent advances in medical research that are paving the way for us to live longer, healthier lives. Our supercharged modern lifestyle can still damage our hearts and put us in danger of cardiovascular events. The good news is that, in most cases, optimal heart health can be achieved without a prescription. Yet there's no "magic bullet" or quick fix—reversing and ultimately preventing heart disease requires a long-term, sustainable approach. In The Heart Health Bible, Dr. John M. Kennedy draws on more than twenty years of experience as a preventative and interventional cardiologist to offer an empowering approach to heart health with H-E-A-R-T, a five-point plan to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease: Heal your blood pressure Energize your heart Act on fat Reduce blood sugar Tackle triglycerides Dr. Kennedy show how to incorporate each of these steps into your daily routine, creating a foundation for wellness that can save your life. The Heart Health Bible also includes Dr. Kennedy's 5-for-1 Diet, featuring heart-healthy foods and recipes, as well as a plan to help parents start their kids on a heart-healthy lifestyle. less...
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    Amazon Says: THE DASH DIET IS HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS A healthy diet is only as good as the food it provides in its plan. Now in THE EVERYDAY DASH DIET COOKBOOK, bestselling author and fore more...
    Amazon Says: THE DASH DIET IS HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS A healthy diet is only as good as the food it provides in its plan. Now in THE EVERYDAY DASH DIET COOKBOOK, bestselling author and foremost DASH expert Marla Heller, together with bestselling cookbook writer Rick Rodgers, makes it easy to prepare home-cooked meals that are fresh, fabulous, and DASH-approved. The DASH diet is a required medical recommendation for patients diagnosed with hypertension or pre-hypertension, a group of almost 130 million people, and this ultimate guide to cooking the DASH way serves up everything necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With recipes such as Cinnamon French Toast with Raspberry Sauce, Filet Mignon au Poivre, Yankee Clam Chowder, and Chocolate Fondue with Strawberries, eating health has never been so easy and delicious. less...
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    Amazon Says: The definitive guide to heart health from two of America's most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the #1 hospital for heart health in America. Are you one of the more...
    Amazon Says: The definitive guide to heart health from two of America's most respected doctors at Cleveland Clinic, the #1 hospital for heart health in America. Are you one of the eighty-two million Americans currently diagnosed with cardiovascular disease—or one of the millions more who think they are healthy but are at risk? Whether your goal is to get the best treatment or stay out of the cardiologist’s office, your heart's health depends upon accurate information and correct answers to key questions. In Heart 411, two renowned experts, heart surgeon Marc Gillinov and cardiologist Steven Nissen, tackle the questions their patients have raised over their decades of practice: Can the stress of my job really lead to a heart attack? How does exercise help my heart, and what is the right amount and type of exercise? What are the most important tests for my heart, and when do I need them? How do symptoms and treatments differ among men, women, and children? Backed by decades of clinical experience and up-to-the-minute research, yet written in the accessible, down-to-earth tone of your trusted family doctor, Heart 411 cuts through the confusion to give you the knowledge and tools you need to live a long and heart-healthy life. less...
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    Amazon Says: The latest New York Times bestseller from Tom Rath, featuring a new assessment, personalized Eat Move Sleep Plan, and a host of online tools for individuals, groups more...
    Amazon Says: The latest New York Times bestseller from Tom Rath, featuring a new assessment, personalized Eat Move Sleep Plan, and a host of online tools for individuals, groups, and organizations.  - Apple iTunes Best Books of 2013 in Nonfiction and Health - The Globe and Mail Top Business Books of 2013 "Well written and scrupulously researched, this breezy guide lobbies for an all-encompassing approach to improving one's lifestyle...Rath's '30-Day Guide'...is clear and actionable." -Kirkus review From the author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, How Full Is Your Bucket?, Strengths Based Leadership, and Wellbeing comes a transformative book and online application that will improve your health for years to come. While Tom's bestsellers on strengths and well-being have inspired more than 5 million people in the last decade, Eat Move Sleep reveals his greatest passion and expertise. Quietly managing a serious illness for more than 20 years, Tom has assembled a wide range of information on the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping. Written in his classic conversational style, Eat Move Sleep features the most proven and practical ideas from his research. This remarkably quick read offers advice that is comprehensive yet simple and often counterintuitive but always credible. Eat Move Sleep will help you make good decisions automatic -- in all three of these interconnected areas. With every bite you take, you will make better choices. You will move a lot more than you do today. And you will sleep better than you have in years. More than a book, Eat Move Sleep is a new way to live. less...
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    Amazon Says: @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { p more...
    Amazon Says: @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } Is that twinge in your chest heartburn or a heart problem? In 2006, more than 600,000 Americans-26% of all deaths in the US that year-died of heart disease, making it our nation's #1 killer. Now, Mayo Clinic provides a comprehensive, step by-step plan to reduce the risks and life-changing effects of heart disease. In The Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!, Mayo Clinic provides up-to-date, clinically proven information that addresses the key causes of heart disease and provides clear, actionable advice in an easy-to follow format, including: The three key actions you can taken in a quick-start plan to help you jump-start your way to heart health A heart-health assessment to help you create your own customized plan An easy-to-follow program designed for life-long heart health Tools to help you determine your risk for heart disease Information on how to recognize symptoms of heart disease-and what to do about them Background on cholesterol's role and info on how you can minimize the effects of bad cholesterol and enhance your levels of good cholesterol How to talk to your doctor about heart concerns and what to expect during a medical evaluation How heart disease symptoms can be different in women, and other special concerns for women How to raise heart-healthy children ...and more less...
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    Amazon Says: By now, you’ve heard of (and maybe tried) them all: the low-carb diet, the grapefruit diet, the miracle diet . . . the list goes on and on. Fad diets may promise a quick fix more...
    Amazon Says: By now, you’ve heard of (and maybe tried) them all: the low-carb diet, the grapefruit diet, the miracle diet . . . the list goes on and on. Fad diets may promise a quick fix, but few deliver lasting results. If you’re like millions of other Americans, you’re still struggling to lose weight and get in shape—without harming your long-term health in the process. It’s time to leave behind the one-size-fits-all approach to dieting. Now, the American Heart Association, the nation’s most trusted authority on heart-healthy living, introduces its first-ever comprehensive weight-loss book. No-Fad Diet helps you create a personalized plan to lose weight in a healthful way. After a simple assessment of your current habits, you choose the eating and exercise strategies that best fit your needs. You’ll learn how to set realistic goals, eat well to lose extra pounds safely, and add physical activity to keep the weight off for good. This book offers more than 190 delicious, all-new recipes, including Cream of Triple-Mushroom Soup, Tilapia Cham-pignon, Chicken Pot Pie, Pumpkin-Cranberry Pancakes, and Vanilla Soufflé with Brandy-Plum Sauce. You’ll also find two weeks of sample menus, guidelines for meal planning, useful tips on dining out and food shopping, and sound advice for staying on track to reach your target weight. If you’re fed up with fads and want a diet that can provide a lifetime of effective weight control, No-Fad Diet is the book for you. Tired of losing weight and gaining it back? Sick of fad diets and gimmicks? Frustrated by crazy food restrictions? Try the No-Fad Diet What’s the only effective way to lose weight and keep it off? It’s simple: Calories in must be less than calories out. But since the factors that contribute to this not-so-magic formula are different for everyone, a one-size diet plan does not fit all. The No-Fad Diet includes: •Tips on turning negative thinking into positive rewards •Simple quizzes to find the approach that’s best for you •Diary pages to record and monitor your eating and activity habits •Strategies to reduce calories and increase your activity levels •Guidelines to help you prepare your own nutritious meals •More than 190 delicious and healthful recipes •Techniques to maintain your momentum The weight-loss strategies in this book are based on reliable scientific research and are backed by respected medical professionals. The American Heart Association has the information you can trust. Also available as a Random House Large Print Edition less...
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