New Spanish-Language Guides Inform Decisions about Heart Disease, Other Illnesses


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ischemic_heart_consumer_spanishA free, easy-to-read pamphlet that compares drugs for preventing heart attacks or strokes in people with stable coronary heart disease is one of six new Spanish-language publications from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that help patients compare treatments for common illnesses.

The publication, Guía para pacientes que están en tratamiento de una cardiopatía coronaria estable (“ACE Inhibitors” and “ARBs” to Protect Your Heart?—A Guide for Patients Being Treated for Stable Coronary Heart Disease), summarizes the benefits and risks of medications called ACE Inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme) and ARBs (angiotensin II receptor blockers). These medications help reduce blood pressure in patients who often take other heart-related medications such as aspirin, blood thinners, or cholesterol-lowering drugs.

“This new Spanish-language guide on heart medications is part of AHRQ’s ongoing effort to give Hispanics the knowledge they need to take a greater role in their health care,” said AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy.

The other new Spanish-language guides that compare treatment options for common illnesses are:

  • Controle el dolor por una fractura de cadera (Managing Pain from a Broken Hip)
  • Opciones para tratar el desgarro de los músculos y tendones del hombro (Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Tears)
  • La depresión después de una lesión cerebral (Depression after Brain Injury)
  • Conozca sobre la radioterapia en el cáncer de cabeza y cuello (Understanding Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer)
  • Hormona del crecimiento humano para los niños con fibrosis quística (Human Growth Hormone for Children with Cystic Fibrosis)

Find these and AHRQ’s other Spanish publications here. To order printed copies, e-mail the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse or call (800) 358-9295. For other AHRQ Spanish-language consumer tools, go here.

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