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Living with Coronary Heart Disease: What You Need to Know

February 3, 2012



In honor of American Heart Month, Health Dialog today announced it has
made its award-winning1 patient decision aid, “Living
with Coronary Heart Disease” available to the public for the month
of February. The decision aid will be available as a public service
offering to provide information and support to individuals living with
the disease.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), coronary heart
disease is the most common type of heart disease2. Health
Dialog’s decision aid provides patients with information about the
condition so that they may be more informed and empowered as they deal
with the disease day-to-day, as so many people do.

Through a Shared Decision Making approach, Health Dialog’s decision aid
guides patients through the information necessary for living with
coronary heart disease, including questions to ask their doctor and tips
for living a heart healthy lifestyle. In addition, the resource provides
helpful tips on quitting smoking, being more active, improving
nutrition, and lowering cholesterol. Patient-friendly illustrations and
a dictionary of medical terms also provide information and insight
necessary to proactively manage the illness.

“Millions of men and women in the United Statesare affected by heart
disease each year,” said Peter Goldbach, MD, Chief Medical Officer,
Health Dialog. “When patients are diagnosed with a chronic disease, they
are often left searching for answers and information they can trust.
Health Dialog’s decision aids, developed with assistance from expert
medical clinicians, are designed to support patients as they make
decisions and to provide them with the information they need to stay on
top of their health and care.”

Health Dialog’s library of medical decision aids delivers
industry-leading content with support for more than 30 conditions,
including chronic conditions, surgical decisions, and screening and
testing. Available online through the Health Crossroads® website, and
also through DVD and print materials, Health Dialog’s decision aids are
currently available to more than 18 million individuals. The Shared
Decision Making approach, through which patients become educated,
empowered, and involved in their healthcare decisions with their
doctors, has been proven effective in improving quality of care, patient
satisfaction, and spiraling healthcare costs.

About Health Dialog:

Health Dialog Services Corporation is a leading provider of healthcare
analytics and decision support. The firm is a private, wholly-owned
subsidiary of Bupa, a global provider of healthcare services. Health
Dialog helps healthcare payors improve healthcare quality while reducing
overall costs. Company offerings include health coaching for medical
decisions, chronic conditions, and wellness; population analytic
solutions; and consulting services. Health Dialog helps individuals
participate in their own healthcare decisions, develop more effective
relationships with their physicians, and live healthier, happier lives.
For more information, visit www.healthdialog.com rel=”nofollow”.

1 Garnered awards include recognition from National Mature
Media Awards, Telly Awards, HeSCA Awards, Hermes Awards, Remi Awards,
Empixx Awards, and FREDDIE Awards.

2 Center for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm.


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