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TAKING YOUR HEALTH TO HEART
Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer worldwide. Although
the medical community, including the pharmaceutical industry, has made
great strides in developing treatments for a broad range of cardiovascular
disorders, we still have a long way to go. To this day, no adequate
treatment exists for acute stroke, which kills millions and leaves many
more paralyzed each year. Likewise, we're still in search of a long-term
therapy for congestive heart failure (CHF), which takes the lives of 50
percent of patients within 5 years of diagnosis.
But good news abounds. Management of high blood pressure, a key risk
factor for stroke and CHF, is now easier given the extensive number of
available medications used to create individualized therapy for each patient.
For some conditions, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), surgery can be
replaced by drug therapy. When operations are still required, new techniques
enable higher survival rates and faster recuperation so that patients can
return to normal lifestyles within a few weeks. Research into risk factors
has spawned massive educational efforts that have successfully encouraged
people to smoke less, reduce fat in their diets, and exercise more -- key
components of heart-healthy lifestyles.
Searle is well-positioned at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine.
We've made important contributions
to the treatment of hypertension, CHF, CAD and arrhythmia. We're also well
into the development of new medications
for stroke and other conditions, and continue to improve our existing product
lines in innovative ways. For example, we are pioneers in
offering a new formulation that enables people with heart disease to take
medication that reaches maximum concentration at the time of day
when blood pressure and heart rate are typically at their fastest rate of
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- Chronotherapy & Circadian Rhythm
Headlined "What Makes You Tick?" this site explains how the science of chronotherapeutics is being used to help persons with health conditions such as angina and allergies to match their medical therapy to their body clocks.
This site explains the eligibility criteria and sign-up procedures for the CONVINCE (Controlled ONset Verapamil INvestigiation of Cardiovascular Endpoints) trial. The study, involving about 15,000 patients, is designed to determine whether a new form of the hypertension drug verapamil is at least as effective as older treatments such as diuretics and beta blockers.
The sites listed below are not sponsored by Searle and their listing here does not reflect Searle
participation or endorsement. The listing is not all-inclusive but is provided as a guide to
some of the sites that have related information.
American Heart Association
The official site of the American Heart Association provides
information on how to prevent and treat heart disease, including a
test to measure visitors' personal risk profiles.
Sponsored by the Galichia Medical Group, this site offers a variety of
information resources on the prevention and treatment of heart
disease, including a list of frequently asked questions (with answers)
and the opportunity to submit your own question to one of its resident
Created by a physician who is also a heart patient, this site offers a
range of services -- including a glossary, a drug database, highlights
from the news, CPR instructions, articles on cardiovascular disease,
and the opportunity for registered "members" of the site to submit
- The Heart: An Online Exploration
Sponsored by the Franklin Institute, this site contains a comprehensive guide to facts about the heart. It includes movies and audio segments.
- Home Page of The Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Center for nonsurgical and surgical treatment of heart and vascular disease in an area that has one of the highest incidences of cardiovascular disease in the world.
- Home Page for Massachusetts General Hospital Neurosurgical Service
Helpful and comprehensive articles about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension, CHF, etc.
- What You Need to Know About Strokes
Facts on stroke from the Pharmaceutical Reseachers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
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