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A vast amount of health-related information is available on the World Wide Web. The following links are provided as a starting point for further research on the heart and other health-related topics available on the Internet.

Although the Texas Heart Institute has made every effort to provide links that have as little commercial sponsorship as possible, some of the links provided may connect the user to for-profit organizations or to those that link to sites of commercial entities. The Texas Heart Institute does not take any responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of these sites or for any characteristics of their sponsor(s). The Texas Heart Institute website does not endorse any specific commercial products or devices contained within the site itself or within links to other organizations or commercial entities. See our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Federal Agencies

A gateway consumer health and human services information website from the United States government. (En español)

MedlinePlus: Heart Diseases
A site dedicated to heart disease information from the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, and other trusted organizations. (En español)

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
The NHLBI leads a national program in research and educational activities relating to heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Cardiovascular health site as part of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Fact sheets, national news, statistical information, and special programs such as Healthy People 2010 and WISEWOMAN. (En español)

National Cancer Institute
Cancer information, including research programs and clinical trials. (En español)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The principal website for the National Institutes of Health. (En español)

Other Heart Disease Resources

American Heart Association
A national voluntary health agency whose mission it is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Extensive consumer information concerning heart disease, treatments, and heart health. (En español)

Mended Hearts
An extended support group for heart patients, families, and caregivers.

The Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation
Information from the SADS Foundation.

National Marfan Foundation
Information about Marfan syndrome.

Adult Congenital Heart Association
Information and Resources

Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies
Information about current programs and research from this center affiliated with Texas Heart Institute.

Nutrition and Exercise

Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
Nutrition information for consumers, including food composition and healthy diets. The FNIC is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
This website has useful nutrition information. You can find the most current dietary guidelines for Americans, check the quality of your overall diet, review the Food Guide Pyramid for both adults and children, and learn how to prepare low-cost nutritious meals.

American Dietetic Association
Extensive food and nutrition information for nutrition professionals as well as the public, promoting optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.

Food Values
A food search that gives instant results with a complete nutritional breakdown (first in a one-line summary, then in detail for a single item).

This American Heart Association fitness website lets you record your exercise goals in an exercise diary, keep up to date with the latest fitness news, evaluate your current fitness level, and search their national fitness database.

Women's Health

Go Red for Women
This American Heart Association website is for women who want to learn about heart disease and stroke. The site has information about specific heart conditions and support groups, personal stories from women whose lives have been touched by heart disease, and tips on how moms and kids can get heart healthy together.

The Heart Truth
A national awareness campaign for women about heart disease. (En español)

The National Women's Health Information Center
This US Department of Health and Human Services website has information about women's health, including heart disease. This site also has Spanish-language articles.

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease website has statistics about women and heart disease and links to related websites. (En español)


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Diabetes information from this agency of the National Institutes of Health.

American Diabetes Association
A nonprofit health organization dedicated to the prevention and cure of diabetes. (En español)

Nephron Information Center
A comprehensive guide to kidney function and disease that also includes FAQs, links, and related references for cardiovascular complications.

Texas Medical Center Resources

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
All adult patient services for the Texas Heart Institute are provided through its affiliation with St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, USA. Click here for more information.

Texas Children's Hospital
All pediatric patient services for the Texas Heart Institute are provided through its affiliation with Texas Children's Hospital, located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, USA. Click here for more information.

Texas Medical Center (TMC)
Located in Houston, Texas, USA, TMC is the largest medical center in the world. Visitor information includes maps, parking locations, and links to the websites of its numerous member institutions.

Texas Medical Center Library
Access to consumer health information from Texas Medical Center institutions, the Houston area, and around the world.

Department of Pediatrics-Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital
The Pediatric Cardiology Section cares for children and adults with heart problems that start in childhood.

Texas Adult Congenital Heart (TACH) Center
Provides adult congenital heart disease patients a transition of health care from pediatrics to a medical team for their adult health care needs and lifestyles.

Other Resources

A consumer-based site by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists that provides information about all types of medicines and safety tips for their proper use. The site's search feature lets users search medicines by the brand or generic name.

Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services public and professional education initiatives to increase awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donors. Includes glossary, myths and facts section, and printable donor card.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce 
Health Promotion and Health Education: A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries.

Updated December 2013
Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center
Through this community outreach program, staff members of the Texas Heart Institute (THI) provide educational information related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. It is not the intention of THI to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Specific medical advice will not be provided and THI urges you to visit a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your questions.
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