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December 14,  2001

Just in Time for the New Year: New Online Technology Helps Reduce the Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke


(SafetyAlerts) - The American Heart Association announced today its latest product launch for individuals at risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. MyHeartWatch(SM), the caring community for preventing heart attack and stroke, is a free, online, interactive program that provides a host of features and support for pre- and post-event patients. This new program is now live on the Internet just in time for 2002 New Year's Resolutions.

"The online program is a comprehensive Web site created to help patients reduce their risks for coronary heart disease and stroke -- while achieving their New Year's goals for a healthy lifestyle," said Dr. Richard Pasternak, MD, director of preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital and chairman, American Heart Association's MyHeartWatch task force.

The Web site, developed by the American Heart Association at , offers interactive health management tools and tailored health information to individuals wanting to decrease their risk for coronary heart disease and stroke.

The online community features interactive tools such as Know Your Heart Attack Risk, an online assessment that predicts a person's actual risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease within the next 10 years based on current risk factors. The assessment uses information from the Framingham Heart Study and is based on the National Cholesterol Education Program and Adult Treatment Panel III.

Ask-an-Expert offers participants access to an "online professional." Questions are posted by participants, then selected and answered by American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's "Expert Panel" of volunteers.

Nutrition Calculator is a comprehensive diet and nutrition calculator, enabling participants to create customized meal plans with specific products in order to fit within a recommended diet regimen. After logging food intake for an entire day, participants can see how closely they've come to meeting their nutritional goals.

Chat Rooms offer participants real-time discussions in "virtual cafes" with other members. Professional moderators facilitate the chats, guiding discussion and communicating the latest expert information from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Discussion Groups are comprised of individuals who wish to contribute to an ongoing discussion. Contributions are archived and searchable in a bulletin-board format, so that the entire text of the running commentary is always available.

Behavioral Modification Program is a unique health and lifestyle management component of MyHeartWatch that provides individually tailored health and behavioral information to help pre-event and post-event individuals lower their risk for heart attack and stroke.

Other Features include Vote/Polls, Personal Stories, Recommend a Friend, Health Planner, a Resource Center, Tips and more.

Pasternak adds, "With this interactive technology, we're helping patients help themselves. is just what the doctor ordered."

MyHeartWatch(SM) Security Statement

MyHeartWatch(SM), the caring community for preventing heart attack and stroke, is a state-of-the-art program. The application is written using a leading-edge Web development language and uses the best-in-class applications and Web servers. The system platform is designed to meet 'best practice' standards in network security, hosting and hardware architecture. MyHeartWatch(SM) is structured with an emphasis on user interaction, security and system availability.

To ensure that our MyHeartWatch(SM) Web site is as secure as possible, all users must enter a username and password to access all Web pages. These are transmitted via a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encrypted connection. An SSL is a simple, effective and necessary way to transmit sensitive information (such as a person's credit card number) between computers. This technology is implemented in major Internet browsers such as Netscape and Internet Explorer.

Source: PRNewswire.

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