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Newly Translated Web Content Gives High-Risk Audiences Access to Vital Health Information

Thursday, June 12, 2008 General News J E 4
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DALLAS, June 11 Two hundred thirty pages of widely used heart disease and stroke information has been translated into Spanish, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese and is now available on the American Heart Association's Web site at www.americanheart.org. Traditional Chinese is coming soon.



The Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese content are new offerings from the association, which currently has a Spanish Web site. The new pages will enhance that content.



"This newly translated content will provide potentially lifesaving information to people who have not been reached before," said Daniel Jones, M.D., president of the American Heart Association and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.



The translated content comes from three highly trafficked areas of the American Heart Association's Web site:





"As the cultural profile of the United States becomes more diverse, we also become more linguistically diverse," Jones said. "That's why it's extremely important to increase the amount of foreign-language content that we provide, in particular via the Internet."



To access the translated content, go to www.americanheart.org and click on the Spanish, Vietnamese or Chinese link. These links are also at the top right corner of every Web page so those who enter the Web site without going to the homepage can still get the heart-health information in their preferred language.



Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart diseases and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases, claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2006-07 the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.americanheart.org.





-- Diseases and Conditions -- information that helps people who have heart disease or stroke understand and better manage their disease. -- Healthy Lifestyle -- information to help people reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. -- Heart and Stroke Encyclopedia -- a quick-reference guide with brief, authoritative information on a wide range of cardiovascular topics.

SOURCE American Heart Association
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