The Yale Heart Study


Usually I don’t use this little blog space for public service announcement purposes, but for this one, I think it’s worthwhile, because it might ultimately help save lives.


Heart heath is very important to me, both as a dietitian but also personally. I sadly never got to know my grandfather who passed away from a heart attack when I was an infant, and I make conscious efforts every single day to reduce my heart disease risk, since I know how strongly genetics can play a role. It’s one of the main reasons I have chosen to eat a primarily plant-based diet, and as a result watched my cholesterol levels significantly improve. It’s also why I lead seminars every February for companies big and small about Knowing your Numbers and Eating to Beat Heart Disease. I want to educate as many people possible about taking charge of your heart health.


I recently learned about a study going on called the Yale Heart Study through a family member. This study’s purpose is to gather anonymous data from people who have had a heart attack who are willing to share their experiences. The goal of the study is to help people get care as quickly as possible when they are having heart attack symptoms. And since heart disease is the leading cause of death in theUS, I think this is very valuable information.


The goal is to get a national sampling of 2300 participants by October 2012, so please, if you or someone you know has suffered a heart attack (more specifically an acute myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome [ACS] episode), help me spread the word about this important study.


Participants just have to take an anonymous survey online about how they obtained medical care when they had a heart attack, and questions about medical history and social background. It should only take 30-60 minutes, and the reward is knowing that the information is helping researchers develop strategies to facilitate rapid and effective care to decrease the number of deaths that result from heart disease.


The study link again is here. Please pass this along to anyone you know who can participate!


Disclaimer: I was not paid or solicited to promote this study. I have no affiliations with Yale University or the Yale Heart Study.

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