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Native American/Alaska Native | General

Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease has become the leading cause of death in American Indians and Alaska Natives and a major source of disability and hospitalization. The causes of the disease are related to diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, overweight, smoking, inactivity and high cholesterol. Indian tribes and the Indian Health Service have launched a major initiative the aggressive treatment of cardiovascular disease and for prevention activities to promote cardiovascular health and wellness.

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General Resources

  • American Diabetes Association Logo American Heart Association (AHA)
    One-stop shopping for news and information about all kinds of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, hypertension, heart attacks and much more. Good information on treatment options and how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.


  • MedlinePlus® – Heart Disease (General)   MedlinePlus Logo
    High quality reviewed information from many sources on all aspects of heart diseases in general. Check out several of the interactive tutorials. Other relevant related topics in MedlinePlus are: Angina, Arrhythmia, Coronary Disease, Heart Attack, Heart Diseases – Prevention, Heart Failure, and Heart and Circulation. You will find links to these topics from the Heart Disease (General) page.


  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute LogoNational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Links from this Web page go to many good, up-to-date information sources, including fact sheets and even a video you can watch online. There is also a page of resource links for clinicians that you can get to from a link at the bottom of this page.

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