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National Nature Made(R) Survey Finds U.S. Adults Are Concerned About Heart Disease but May not be Managing Their Risk
Date:12/10/2007

Cardiology researcher offers solutions to manage the risk of heart disease

NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 1900, heart disease has been the number one killer in the U.S. -- claiming one life every 35 seconds(1). Although Americans are concerned about heart disease, a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Nature Made(R), confirms they may not be appropriately managing their risk. In fact, the survey found nearly half of all respondents did not know their current cholesterol levels and 20 percent have never had them checked. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. Despite these concerning statistics, experts suggest the road to better heart health is easier traveled than most people think.

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"Studies show simple lifestyle changes and paying attention to the heart disease risk factors we can control may help Americans live longer, healthier lives," said Joseph Keenan, M.D., cardiology researcher and professor emeritus, University of Minnesota. He offers the following tips to manage the risk factors within our control:

-- Stop Smoking: The World Health Organization reports that one year

after quitting, the risk of heart disease decreases by 50 percent.

-- Stay Fit: Studies show that even moderately intense activities like

walking may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

-- Eat Colorfully: Colorful fruits and vegetables provide key nutrients

and are good sources of fiber.

-- Supplement: Government data shows most people don't eat a nutritious

meal three times a day. To bridge the gap, try a science-based

supplement like fish oil to support heart health. Supportive but not

conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty

acids, which are found in fish oil may reduce the risk of coronary

heart disease.

"For some who have high cholesterol due to genetics, following these tips may not be enough," said Dr. Keenan. "For these situations, I often recommend a natural ingredient called Pantesin(TM) that helps reduce cholesterol production in the liver. Pantesin can be found in new CholestOff(R) Complete, a nutritional supplement from Nature Made(R)."

CholestOff Complete also contains plant sterols and stanols, plant-derived ingredients studied since the 1950's that are clinically proven to reduce cholesterol absorption from food. These ingredients are found in nuts and vegetables but in limited amounts. CholestOff Complete provides 900 mg of plant sterols and stanols per serving for optimal heart health benefits.

ABOUT PHARMAVITE

For more than 30 years, Pharmavite has earned and maintained the trust of pharmacists, consumers, and retailers by manufacturing high-quality vitamins, minerals, herbs and other dietary supplements that are safe, effective and science-based. As an industry leader, Pharmavite adheres to manufacturing standards recommended by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), a not-for-profit organization that has set pharmaceutical and dietary supplement quality standards since 1820. In addition, Pharmavite participates in USP's Verification Program for dietary supplements. The dietary supplement industry is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as by government agencies in each of the 50 states.

ABOUT THE SURVEY

The online Heart Health survey was conducted within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Pharmavite between September 4 and 6, 2007 among 2,321 U.S. adults ages 18+. Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words "margin of error" as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. adult population.

Because the sample is based on those who agreed to be invited to participate in the Harris Interactive online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

(1) 2006 American Heart Association Statistics Update


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