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NIHSeniorHealth Adds Information on Heart Attack


What causes a heart attack, and how can I reduce my risk? What are the symptoms of a heart attack, and do I have to have all of them before calling 911? Does having a heart attack mean that I can’t do the things I enjoy doing? The answers to these and other questions about preventing, detecting and treating a heart attack are available on NIHSeniorHealth ( This Web site, which was designed especially for older adults, is a joint effort of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), which are part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“Each year, more than one million people in the U.S. have a heart attack,” says Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which developed the content for the heart attack topic on NIHSeniorHealth. “The more people know about making healthy lifestyle choices to prevent heart attack, recognizing symptoms early and seeking treatment promptly, the better the chances of reducing or even eliminating permanent damage to the heart. NIHSeniorHealth now provides this information in a senior-friendly format.”

One of the fastest growing age groups using the Internet, older Americans increasingly turn to the Internet for health information. In fact, 66 percent of “wired” seniors surf for health and medical information when they go online. NIHSeniorHealth, which is based on the latest research on cognition and aging, features short, easy-to-read segments of information that can be accessed in a variety of formats, including large-print type sizes, open-captioned videos and even an audio version. Additional topics coming soon to the site include clinical trials, nutrition and falls. The site links to MedlinePlus, NLM’s premier, more detailed site for consumer health information.

The NIA leads the federal effort supporting and conducting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. The NLM, the world’s largest library of the health sciences, creates and sponsors Web-based health information resources for the public and professionals. The NHLBI is the nation’s primary supporter of research in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood and sleep disorders. All three institutes are components of the NIH in Bethesda, Md.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation’s Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit


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