Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

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Mission Statement

The Texas Heart Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization that is improving cardiovascular health through trailblazing research, thought leadership, education, and patient care. Our vision is to bring the future of cardiovascular health to life.

The Texas Heart Institute’s Heart Information Center is a community outreach program wherein the Institute’s staff members provide patient-education information related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Terms of Use

The Texas Heart Institute website, videos, articles, and associated links (“resources”) are not intended to provide specific medical advice; rather, the resources provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders are for educational purposes only.  The views and remarks represent those of the individual physicians and not those of The Texas Heart Institute. The information presented is based on the physician’s observations and experiences in the evaluation of any product or technique.  Physicians should make their own informed evaluation. The Texas Heart Institute urges you to visit a qualified doctor for diagnosis and for specific medical advice.

The information provided in any form by The Texas Heart Institute, or through its website and associated linked materials is as-is, without warranty as to completeness or accuracy, errors, or omissions. Users of the website and The Texas Heart Institute educational materials, regardless of the specific URL on which they may be located, agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Texas Heart Institute and its affiliates from any legal claims related to the use of the information contained on this website.

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 and The Texas Heart Institute website do not endorse any specific commercial products or devices presented within the site itself or within links to other organizations or commercial entities.

Privacy Policy

The Texas Heart Institute honors the legal requirements of the medical/health information privacy policies that apply in Houston, Texas, USA, where the website originates.

The Texas Heart Institute and its website respect the confidentiality of data relating to individual visitors to the site, including their identity. Individual visitor information is not collected, shared, or distributed. Please note that aggregate data are collected and analyzed strictly for the purposes of identifying statistical information concerning site traffic, visitor demographics, and pages of greatest interest. In areas of the site where users must provide personal information for registration purposes or for purchasing certain services, this personal information may be forwarded to third parties in order to fulfill these requests.

Source of Funding

The Texas Heart Institute website is not supported by advertising or commercial sponsorship, nor does it partner or have special relationships with any advertising companies. Funding is based solely on educational and research-oriented grants and the contributions of philanthropic persons and organizations.

Trademarks & Copyright Information

All text, graphic and multimedia content on this website © Copyright The Texas Heart Institute. All rights reserved. Portions of this website may be printed or stored locally for personal use only.

The Texas Heart Institute, The Texas Heart, The Texas Heart Institute Journal, THI, Heart Owner’s Handbook, Leading With the Heart, Heart of Discovery, The Next First, Bringing the Future of Cardiovascular Health to Life, and THIRDBase are members of the family of trademarks of The Texas Heart Institute.

THIRDBase® is a database of patient medical information available for qualified researchers for retrospective analyses.

Policy on Information Collection

We are committed to protecting your privacy. We do not collect personal information such as names and email addresses unless you knowingly provide that information.

We collect personal information for web transactions, newsletters and emails, and general inquiries. We only use this information for the intended services. For some services, we may request information about background, occupation, demographics, and interests.

We may collect information about computer hardware and software such as IP addresses, browser types, domain names, access times, and the referring websites that visitors use to access web pages. We use this information to maintain the quality of the service and to collect general statistics.

Policy on Information Disclosure

We collect personal information to deliver the services you request and to understand our audience so that we can better meet their needs. We do not sell, trade, or rent any personal information. We may compile aggregate statistics and provide them to third parties, but we do not include information that identifies individual website users.

We may save personal information to comply with federal and state policies, but we do not disclose this information to third parties or government agencies unless state or federal law requires us to do so or exigent circumstances require us to protect the safety of our users or the public.

Revisions to the Privacy Policy

We may revise this privacy policy at any time in response to changes in the law or other factors. We encourage you to periodically visit this page to review the most current policy.

 

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