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Vitals.com 'Goes Red' for American Heart Month
Date:2/6/2008

Vitals Co-Founder Todd Rosengart Offers Lifesaving Tips in the Fight

Against Heart Disease

LYNDHURST, N.J., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- While recent data released from the Center for Disease Control indicates that deaths resulting from coronary heart disease and stroke have declined since 1999*, major risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol remain on the rise. Vitals.com, a leading online doctor evaluation service listing more than 12,700 cardiologists, is "Going Red" in February at http://www.vitals.com/focus/heart to support American Heart Month and promote the simple steps that Americans can take to improve their heart health through early detection and living well.

"Although heart disease threatens both men and women equally, every individual can take preventative measures to eliminate or control their own risk factors," said Dr. Todd Rosengart, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Hospital and Chief Medical Advisor of MDX Medical, which created Vitals. "With the help of a doctor, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, obesity and diabetes can easily be monitored to maintain a long and healthy life," Rosengart adds.

Recognized internationally for his advancements in the field of cardiac surgery, Dr. Rosengart stresses the importance of physical activity as the most important factor in preventing death from cardiovascular disease. With 460,000 women dying each year, heart disease is still the #1 killer of women in America, as reported by the American Heart Association. Rosengart recommends vigorous exercise for an hour and half a week or brisk walks for three hours a week to reduce coronary heart disease risk in women by 30 to 40 percent. Moderate physical activity can also lead to a 20 percent decrease in the risk of stroke for women.

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