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Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN


According to The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper by Heart Experts

Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D. 

Director, Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease

Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


The death rate from heart attacks has been declining steadily for many years, in large part because people are receiving better medical care. Yet too many men and women are not taking the steps that could help protect them.

It’s easier than you think. But you’d be amazed how many people ignore the #1 tool for preventing a heart attack:

What really triggers a heart attack?

What you need to know sooner rather than later.

See who’s most likely to have a heart attack. You’ll learn the most common risk factors and how to minimize them. You’ll also learn the importance of primary prevention if you haven’t been diagnosed with coronary heart disease (CHD) or suffered a heart attack.

Discover the changes that take place in the coronary arteries leading up to a heart attack.

Learn what happens during a heart attack, and how the steps you take during the first hour can affect survival.

Find out why a yearly flu shot can protect your heart. You’ll learn about the importance of taming inflammation.

Learn what your waist measurement can reveal about the health of your heart.

But this is only the beginning. Learn about the standard screening tests, and the newer, potentially better alternatives being developed.

The heart-mind connection: How cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) may help ward off a heart attack

Evidence linking the flu vaccine to lower heart attack risk.

Angina: A critical warning of heart disease that should never be ignored.

Latest thinking on how ministrokes (TIAs) lead to heart attack.

Explore new technologies that are now available to assess the health of your coronary arteries. See how the tests are done and how they compare to traditional methods of predicting future heart attacks.

You will feel far better prepared to have an intelligent conversation with your doctor about the issues that concern you most.

How great is your risk?

A close look at the factors that set the stage for heart attack.

Simply, clearly and accurately, the specialists at Johns Hopkins explain the major risk factors that lead to heart attack.

You will take a close look at the different types of lipids. Understand cholesterol’s role in your body… the difference between “good” HDL and “bad” LDL cholesterol… why reducing cholesterol levels can help prevent coronary heart disease and heart attacks… how triglycerides differ from the other lipids.

You will see how inflammation and C-reactive protein are associated with risk of heart disease and heart attack. Examine the role of blood clots and coronary artery spasms in triggering heart attacks.

You will learn which risk factors (like age and family history) can’t be changed, although knowing about them can motivate you to take the preventive steps that can LOWER your risk of heart attack.

More important you will learn which risk factors are within your control. You’ll be able to set clear, practical goals for yourself with guidance from Johns Hopkins specialists. And you’ll discover what to do if you have risk factors like high blood pressure, abdominal obesity or metabolic syndrome working against you.

Learn the MOST IMPORTANT STEPS After a Heart Attack —

Steps That Could SAVE YOUR LIFE

A special feature in The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper details essential steps you should take if you experience the warning signs of a heart attack.

Let us assure you, there is no more powerful motivator to get your cholesterol, your blood pressure and your weight under control than the threat of undergoing a heart attack sometime in the future.

This is just one of many reasons to order your own copy of The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper and start putting it to good use right away.

Direct to you from Johns Hopkins Medicine

Since 1889, Johns Hopkins researchers have advanced the development of science and medicine, quickly transferring new knowledge from the research laboratory to the patient’s bedside. The School of Medicine is the largest recipient of biomedical research funds from the National Institutes of Health, and in 2003, Johns Hopkins University’s own Peter Agre, M.D., won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

The White Papers give Johns Hopkins an effective, affordable way to extend new knowledge to the widest possible audience, benefiting countless men and women with serious medical concerns.

When it comes to the health of your heart, you should insist on knowing where your information comes from. Check the credentials of the experts who advise you before you decide whether they are worthy of your trust.

The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper draws on the vast resources and experience of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. It gives Johns Hopkins specialists a forum to explore the combination of lifestyle adjustments and medical therapies that can slow the progression of heart disease and decrease your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Prepared by two of the most respected experts in the field

You can trust what you read in The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper. Coauthor Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D., is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. His interests include the development of new strategies to manage coronary heart disease risk factors and the noninvasive detection of coronary atherosclerosis.

Co-author Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the medical editor of The Johns Hopkins newsletter, Health After 50.

Their impeccable credentials and reputations ensure that what you read is responsible, practical and useful in your quest for a healthier heart.

You can also be sure that it reflects the latest scientific research and clinical findings.

The expertise you need, in clear, plain English you can understand and use every day

The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper brings you the latest news you can use. It’s designed with YOU in mind, the busy person who has no time, money or energy to waste on old or inaccurate information, or heart attack “prevention strategies” that are really just myths or hype.

Drug-free steps to take RIGHT NOW to lower your risk of a heart attack

The right lifestyle changes can go a long way toward bringing down high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These simple changes may be enough to let you avoid medication altogether. But if not, making a few well-chosen adjustments in your habits can boost the effectiveness of the medications you take, perhaps even reducing the dosage you require.

How to protect against heart attacks with fiber. Find out if you are getting the recommended daily amount.

What new research reveals about calcium supplements and your risk of coronary heart disease.

What about soy? Antioxidants? Limiting your sodium? Boosting your potassium intake? Learn effective ways to get your risk factors under control through the food choices you make every day.


What counts as “exercise?”

Do you have to break a sweat before it’s good for your heart?

You’ve heard it before: regular exercise can raise HDL cholesterol, control your weight, improve the work capacity of your heart, reduce your blood pressure and blood glucose and relieve stress.

So why is it so difficult to get up off the couch and get moving?

You’ll learn how often to exercise. Whether short bursts of activity can offer the same protection as longer exercise periods when it comes to reducing risk of coronary heart disease.

And you will read how to exercise safely — a must-see if you are concerned about having a heart attack or cardiac arrest during physical activity.

“Alcohol to protect my heart? I’ll drink to that!”

Should you? Will drinking alcoholic beverages really lower your risk of heart attack, as the headlines proclaim? The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper looks at how a small amount of alcohol can help raise “good” HDL cholesterol. Discover what the research says is “enough” alcohol to reduce your risk of heart attack, and what’s “too much.”

See your heart’s health in a whole new way

Because solid, authoritative medical research stands behind the recommendations of Johns Hopkins Medicine, each White Paper includes highlights of new studies that are relevant to you.

When you have The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper, you have the power to affect your health care as never before. Use what you learn to:

Recognize and respond to symptoms and significant changes in your heart health as they occur.

Make conscious, deliberate choices in what you eat and drink and do, based on what is known to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Communicate effectively with your doctor. A helpful glossary takes the mystery out of “medical-speak.” Words like ischemia and ejection fraction will lose their power to intimidate or confuse you.

You will be better equipped to ask informed questions and to understand the answers.

Make the right decisions, based on a better understanding of the newest drugs, the latest surgical techniques and the most promising research.

Take control over your condition and act out of knowledge, rather than fear.


Who will benefit from this timely intelligence?

The fact that you are reading this suggests that you’re not willing to leave your fate in others’ hands. You want to know more. You need to know more. And you’re willing to seek out the best and most current information so you can raise important issues with your own doctors.

The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper will prove valuable to you if any of the following criteria describe your personal situation.

You are being treated for high cholesterol or high blood pressure or have other cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, obesity or a sedentary lifestyle.

You have a family history of heart disease and want to break the pattern.

You want to reduce the likelihood of needing bypass surgery or other invasive procedures.

You have already had a heart attack and want to avoid a second one.

You realize that first heart attacks often prove fatal to women because the early warning signs — which are different from men’s — may be misunderstood or ignored.

You live with or care for someone with cardiovascular risk factors and want to do everything possible to prevent a heart attack.


The specialists at Johns Hopkins created The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper to serve as your first line of defense against a heart attack. Special Bonus: Place your order today and we will include a free gift that could, literally, save your life.


The Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease takes a comprehensive approach to the management of heart health. In the FREE Special Report that you can download when you pay now for The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper, the experts share practical, specific advice on how you can slow the progression of cardiovascular disease and decrease your future risk of heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery or angioplasty.

What you need to know is yours free in Tested, Proven Ways To Save Your Heart. It’s our gift to you, when you order and pay by credit card… yours to keep and use even if you decide to return The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper for any reason.



FREE Heart Attack Prevention Special Report: 

Tested, Proven Ways To Save Your Heart

Heart Attack Prevention Strategies

The #1 Way to Prevent a Heart Attack 

The importance of smoking cessation cannot be underestimated.

Walking Your Way to a Healthier Heart 

Johns Hopkins specialists outline the best ways for starting a walking program to maximize your heart health.

Action Plan When a Heart Attack Strikes 

The crucial symptoms to look out for (which can often be different in men and inAs you wi women) and what to do and NOT do if you or a loved one starts to show the telltale signs.

Cholesterol Busting Foods

The latest research on stanols, sterols, soy, fiber, and more.

A Drink a Day for Heart Health?

Moderate alcohol intake has been suggested as a way to ward off heart attack. This special report discusses the pros and cons.


You’ll get BOTH — The 2012 Johns Hopkins Heart Attack Prevention White Paper mailed to you and your free Special Report as an instant electronic download, all for only $19.95 plus shipping and handling.

YOUR FREE GIFT shows you how to walk your way to a healthier heart. Yes, you’ve heard it again and again: Walking is a good way to protect your heart. Everyone knows how to do it. It doesn’t cost anything, and you don’t need special equipment other than the right shoes.

Do you know what a group of men did to lower their risk of coronary heart disease by 18 percent? Tested, Proven Ways to Save Your Heart reveals their winning walking approach that yielded big benefits. You will also discover:

A safe way to get started, and what’s “enough” exercise to give you the heart protection you’re after.

Is faster better? How to set a healthy pace for maximum cardiovascular benefit, and warning signs that you’re pushing too hard.

How to determine your “target” heart rate zone so your walks give you significant cardiovascular benefits.

The walking style that boosts your calorie burning by up to 10 percent.

How to make your walking plan work with the weather and your lifestyle.

Cool-down stretches that keep you from feeling sore afterward.


And so much more!

But walking is just the beginning. Your free copy of Tested, Proven Ways To Save Your Heart gives you a truly effective way to conquer your heart’s worst enemy. Despite everything the public has been taught for the last 40 years about the dangers of tobacco, cigarette smoking is responsible for about 440,000 premature deaths each year in the United States.

Smoking, or living with a smoker, can undermine your best efforts to achieve a healthy heart. Only 5 to 10 percent of people successfully quit on their own, which is why the information in this free gift is so essential. Based on vast clinical experience and knowledge of the full range of medications and techniques to help you quit, Johns Hopkins doctors give you tools that raise your chances of quitting for good.

Learn the three things that, if used in combination, give you a far greater likelihood of kicking the habit.

The latest scientific thinking on nicotine replacement gum, skin patches, nasal sprays and inhalers.

Who’s a candidate for the medications that can help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Tips for people who have tried (perhaps many times) before without lasting success.

Why avoiding alcohol can help you avoid cigarettes…


and so much more…

The sooner you take steps to reduce your heart attack risk, the better. Prevention remains your most powerful medicine. But knowing how to respond in an emergency-whether it involves you or someone you are with-can be crucial to survival.

When heart attack strikes…

be prepared with a fast and appropriate response.

As you will learn in your free copy of Tested, Proven Ways To Save Your Heart, what you do and what you don’t do during the first crucial minutes and hours following a heart attack can make all the difference in the outcome.

Did you know that a third of all people having a heart attack never experience any chest pain at all? Your Johns Hopkins-designed “Action Plan When a Heart Attack Strikes” alerts you to the range of warning signs, including the less common ones that are more likely to occur in women.

At what point should you call an ambulance? When are you better off driving the person to the hospital instead of waiting for the ambulance to arrive? What information must the emergency personnel have right away? How do you handle the person in denial, who insists, “You’re overreacting” or “There’s nothing wrong?”

I hope you never need to use this information at all. But you’ll be much better prepared to respond calmly and effectively when you have your free gift, Tested, Proven Ways To Save Your Heart, on hand.




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