The Internet can be a vital resource of useful information. The links below will connect you to sites that can be valuable sources for increasing your knowledge of cardiovascular-related topics. They can provide information on a wide range of topics including not only diseases and treatments for diseases, but also on ways to maintain your health.
The American Heart Association
The American Heart Association’s mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The organization focuses on research, professional and public education and community programs that promote health education and awareness. You can find extensive information about diseases and conditions as well as healthy lifestyles in addition to important and timely news releases that provide a wide array of information about health and the healthcare environment.
CardioSmart is the patient education and support program launched by the American College of Cardiology. Their mission is to engage, inform, and empower patients to better prepare them for participation in their own care.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
The NHLBI operates within the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health. Their mission is to provide leadership in research and education in the areas of disease affecting the heart, lungs, blood and circulatory system as well as sleep disorders. They are also administers of the Women’s Health Initiative. Within this site you can find information regarding diseases and conditions as well as general information regarding diet and nutrition. One particularly interesting resource deals with how these diseases affect particular groups of individuals such as African Americans and women.
WomenHeart - National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
WomenHeart's mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women living with or at risk of heart disease, and to advocate for their benefit. If you’re a woman with heart disease, you are invited to connect with heart sisters through one of WomenHeart’s patient support services and to visit their guide to living with heart disease. You will also be inspired by their members’ stories of survival.
The American Diabetes Association
Diabetes affects almost 20 million Americans. The link between diabetes and heart disease and stroke is well established. Individuals with diabetes cannot undervalue the importance of understanding this condition and how it affects them personally. This website provides extensive information that can assist you in understanding this disease and, more importantly, how you can better manage your diabetes. Information provided on this website includes facts about the disease, medical treatments, healthy living information including diet and exercise, prevention and research information.
The American Stroke Association
Created in 1997, the American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’s No. 3 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. They fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Most people think the CDC is primarily involved with infectious outbreaks but, in fact, they are also a valuable source of information regarding a vast number of diseases including cardiovascular disease and preventive information. They also have interesting information regarding health statistics and trends.
Health and Age
This site provides accurate, reliable and scientifically-based information on nutrition, aging and general health issues for adults age 55 and older.
This website provides patient information and education on a wide range of topics.
Heart Health Online
This site is sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is an excellent resource for a wide range of topics including diagnostic tests, disease conditions and medications, as well as links to many other sites.
The Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic is recognized as one of the leaders in healthcare delivery worldwide. Their sponsored website will give you access to information that reflects their breadth of knowledge and services. Information is available on diseases and conditions, healthy living, medications and pertinent news items.
National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke. This site provides information on stroke prevention and recovery as well as consumer publications that cover a wide variety of stroke-related topics.
Needy Meds is a not-for-profit organization that provides resources and assistance to people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare costs.
P.A.D. Peripheral Arterial Disease COALITION
The Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Coalition is an alliance of leading health organizations, vascular health professional societies, and government agencies that have united to raise public and health professional awareness about lower extremity P.A.D. The P.A.D. Coalition seeks to improve the prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation of people with, or at risk for, P.A.D.
USDA “Food Pyramid”
This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is a new site which reviews the updated recommendations on nutrition, as well as a new “food pyramid.”
WebMD is an independent site that can provide information about all types of health related issues. The types of information that can be found include disease conditions, nutrition and weight loss. The site is easy to navigate and will likely have information pertinent to your particular needs.