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The NHLBI Chartbook is a biennial compilation of data on the size and trends of morbidity and mortality from the cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases. While most charts describe national prevalence, hospitalizations, and mortality statistics, some of them provide additional information by state or country. Risk factors estimates and the economic costs of these diseases are also included.

For more information: The NHLBI Chartbook: Trends Of Morbidity And Mortality From The Cardiovascular, Lung, And Blood Diseases

Research has shown that diet affects the development of high blood pressure, or hypertension (the medical term). Recently, a study found that a particular eating plan can lower elevated blood pressure. This fact sheet tells what high blood pressure is and how you can follow the eating plan. It offers tips on how to start and stay on the plan, as well as a week of menus and recipes for some of the dishes. The eating plan is meant for those with elevated blood pressure. It also is a heart-healthy plan that you can share with your family.

For more information: Facts About The Dash Diet

Churches and other houses of worship can play an important role in promoting better cardiovascular health. Church-based programs reach people who may not receive accurate information about cardiovascular disease at other sites or by other methods. An NHLBI guide in today's issue teaches health professionals and community organizations how to work with clergy and lay leaders to develop, start, and maintain health activities for their congregations. Also provides information on how to contact and recruit churches, train volunteers, sustain momentum, and monitor and evaluate a church-based program.

For more information: Working With Religious Congregations: A Guide For Professionals

According to a NHLBI publication, patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) are still not receiving adequate cholesterol- lowering treatment, despite conclusive clinical trial results showing sharp reductions in the rates of heart attack, death from CHD, and death from all causes. This monograph reviews the scientific evidence that cholesterol lowering in CHD patients produces dramatic benefits. It summarizes the ATP II clinical practice guidelines (contained in the Second Report of the Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults) as they apply to CHD patients and provides guidance on implementing dietary and drug treatment and improving patient adherence to these interventions.

For more information: Cholesterol Lowering In The Patient With Coronary Heart Disease

The NHLBI has made available the Risk stratification and treatment recommendations from the Sixth Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure reproduced on an 8 1/2 x 11 laminated card for easy reference. This convenient clinical tool, available in today's issue, is designed to help clinicians stratify hypertension patients by blood pressure stage and cardiovascular risks and determine goal blood pressure and specific treatment.

For more information: Quick Reference Card: JNC VI Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Hypertension Recommendations

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