NIH News Release
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Friday, September 11, 1998
NHLBI Communications
Office: (301) 496-4236

NHLBI Announces New Cholesterol Web Site for Heart Disease Patients

"Live Healthier, Live Longer," a new interactive web site that takes the guess-work out of lowering cholesterol for people with heart disease, was launched September 1, 1998 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as a part of National Cholesterol Education Month. The purpose of the web site is to provide accurate, personally relevant information to help people with coronary heart disease (CHD) lower their LDL ("bad") cholesterol to the goal level of 100 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter).

"Recent studies have proven that people with CHD can prevent heart attacks and actually prolong their lives by lowering their blood cholesterol levels," says Dr. James Cleeman, coordinator of the National Cholesterol Education Program. "The goal of the web site is to transform this health message into simple and practical steps to success in cholesterol lowering."

To access the site, go to the NHLBI home page at, look under "What's New," and click on the interactive site. It features activities to help people with CHD eat less saturated fat and cholesterol; become more physically active; lose weight, if overweight; and stick with cholesterol lowering medication if prescribed by their doctors. There is a Cyber Kitchen, a Virtual Grocery Store, a Cyber Cafe, a Diet Calculator and a Virtual Fitness Room.

Visitors may:

More than 13 million American adults have CHD. It is a major cause of disability and the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. Each year, almost 500,000 people die of CHD. About 1.25 million people have heart attacks every year, and about half of these occur in people who are known to have CHD.

Dr. Cleeman says more attention to cholesterol lowering is needed in high-risk people with CHD. An estimated 80 to 85 percent of people with CHD would benefit from cholesterol lowering by diet or drugs, but only one third to one half are receiving active treatment.

NHLBI launched the National Cholesterol Education Program in November 1985 to help reduce illness and death from CHD by reducing the number of Americans with high cholesterol.

Other health-focused web sites are encouraged to link to this site.

Dr. James Cleeman, coordinator of the National Cholesterol Education Program, is available to comment on the new site. To arrange an interview, contact the NHLBI Communications Office at (301) 496-4236.

For more information on National Cholesterol Education Month check out the NHLBI home page at Look under "What's New" and click on "Cholesterol Month Kit '98."