When someone learns that they, or a family member, is afflicted by heart disease, it is natural to seek out additional information. Unfortunately, the internet can be a source of both information and misinformation, and sorting through the web for relevant health information can be a daunting task. For both patients as well as their families, the most useful site we have come across (other than HeartHealth docs!) for education and understanding is cardiosmart.org. This site was created by the American College of Cardiology
(ACC)and has a wealth of information on the origins, therapies, and manifestations of various heart disease and disorders. Here are some of the key features that you may find helpful:
1. There are disease specific pages that explain various conditions and therapies, such as this page for heart attack, or this detailed explanation of atrial fibrillation.
2. For those who do not currently have a heart condition, but are curious about the risk for heart disease, there is a simple but accurate risk calculator.
3. For those taking cardiac medications, this section lists each medication, with information on dosing, side effects, etc.
4. Those who register here are able to set specific goals, received tailored advice about research and other treatments, and a specific plan for prevention.
Are you aware of other useful educational sites for Heart Disease? If so, please let us know, and help the spread the message of prevention!