Vitals.com 'Goes Red' for American Heart Month

Thursday, February 7, 2008 General News
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LYNDHURST, N.J., Feb. 6 While recent data released fromthe Center for Disease Control indicates that deaths resulting from coronaryheart disease and stroke have declined since 1999*, major risk factors such asobesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol remain on the rise.Vitals.com, a leading online doctor evaluation service listing more than12,700 cardiologists, is "Going Red" in February at www.vitals.com/focus/heartto support American Heart Month and promote the simple steps that Americanscan take to improve their heart health through early detection and livingwell.

"Although heart disease threatens both men and women equally, everyindividual can take preventative measures to eliminate or control their ownrisk factors," said Dr. Todd Rosengart, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgery at StonyBrook University Medical Hospital and Chief Medical Advisor of MDX Medical,which created Vitals. "With the help of a doctor, cholesterol levels, bloodpressure, obesity and diabetes can easily be monitored to maintain a long andhealthy life," Rosengart adds.

Recognized internationally for his advancements in the field of cardiacsurgery, Dr. Rosengart stresses the importance of physical activity as themost important factor in preventing death from cardiovascular disease. With460,000 women dying each year, heart disease is still the #1 killer of womenin America, as reported by the American Heart Association. Rosengartrecommends vigorous exercise for an hour and half a week or brisk walks forthree hours a week to reduce coronary heart disease risk in women by 30 to 40percent. Moderate physical activity can also lead to a 20 percent decrease inthe risk of stroke for women.

According to the American Heart Association, both high cholesterol andhigh blood pressure are major contributing factors to the development of heartdisease. "Nearly one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure but isunaware of it because there are no symptoms," said Dr. Rosengart.Fortunately, managing both blood pressure and cholesterol levels can beachieved through proper diet, exercise and in some cases, medication.

As prevention takes center stage in the fight against heart disease,Vitals is the easiest way for consumers to access information on topspecialists in their area free of charge, in order to quickly get checked outand seek the medical attention they need. Vitals features all of the criticalinformation necessary for consumers to find the right doctor for them,including empirical information, peer review recommendations and patientfeedback, compiled into one central, all-inclusive database. Consumers canalso use Vitals to check-up on their current doctors, including cardiologistsand internists.

* Center for Disease Control Study, January 2008 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr56/nvsr56_10.pdf

About Todd Rosengart, MD Founder & Chief Medical Officer of Vitals

Dr. Todd Rosengart is both an accomplished physician and entrepreneur.Dr. Rosengart is Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stony Brook MedicalCenter. Dr. Rosengart has been repeatedly named as one of America's TopDoctors by Castle Connolly, in Best Doctors, Who's Who in Medicine and Chicagomagazine. He has authored over 100 scientific publications, appeared in thenational television media, including CNN, the Discovery channel, and publictelevision, and been quoted in numerous national lay media publications,including Time, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, andReader's Digest. Additionally, Dr. Rosengart has pioneered innovations in thefield of gene therapy and has received numerous research grants and patents.

About Vitals / MDX Medical LLC

Vitals (www.vitals.com), an innovative, online doctor evaluation andcomparison service from MDX Medical LLC, is the comprehensive source forcrucial information, peer evaluations and patient feedback on 720,000


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