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Proven Effective by Research Evaluation
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 "Managing Heart Disease"
Proven Effective by Research Evaluation


"Managing Heart Disease" Proven to Increase Patient Self-Management in Evaluation of Self-Management of Cardiovascular Disease Materials

In a study funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, patients with heart disease who used the "Managing Heart Disease" materials reported increasing physical activity, improving communication with healthcare providers, additional support from family and friends, and learning more information about heart disease.

The DVD contains close captioned video and print resources for men and women with heart disease including:

  • Video and booklet for men
  • Video and booklet for women
  • Video en Español para los hombres
  • Video en Español para las mujeres

  • The video shows people with heart disease who are using self-management techniques to change their behaviors and reduce their risk of future heart attacks.

    The booklet informs patients of the steps of self-management, provides detailed information on heart disease, and offers helpful quotes from people profiled in the video. It also contains information on how to read nutrition facts labels on food, sample personal contracts, a glossary of terms and a list of resources.

    Together, these materials teach patients self-management skills, increase their knowledge about their disease, and address gender-specific issues faced by men and women, such as being sexually active and hormone replacement therapy.

    "Changing behavior is critical to preventing heart disease and stroke. To this end, research results are extremely encouraging - patients who used the 'Managing Heart Disease' educational materials reported major lifestyle changes that if sustained should reduce their risk of future cardiac events."
    Lawrence J Appel, MD, MPH
    Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and International Health (Human Nutrition)
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

    “Evaluation of Managing Heart Disease showed that patients who used it reported improved communications with their health care providers and increased knowledge about their disease. They had also started making important changes in their lives to manage their disease. This is an exciting new tool to help you on your way to better health.
    Kate Lorig, RN, DrPH Director, Stanford Patient Education Research Center Professor of Medicine Stanford School of Medicine

    “It is a well-accepted fact that better communication between healthcare providers and their patients improves patients’ understanding of how to manage their cardiovascular disease. An evaluation of Managing Heart Disease showed that patients who used it reported improving how they communicate with their healthcare providers and increasing their knowledge of heart disease.”
    Patricia Davidson, MD
    Washington Hospital Center

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