Useful Links to Other Websites

The following links are provided for your convenience. They are links to some of the Web sites our members have found helpful. They are Web sites of other organizations, and The Mended Hearts, Inc. Chapter 200 has no control over their content.

The Mended Hearts, Inc.: 
This is the official web site for the National office. There is a lot of information on the National organization, its officers and nationwide chapter organization structure, the organization’s goals and objectives, and much more.

American Heart Association:
The official Web site of the American Heart Association, information is available on heart and stroke, risk assessment, nutrition, research, publications, and family health.

National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease:
The Coalition is the only national organization founded by women with heart disease. The site contains good reference information and membership is free.

American College of Cardiology:
Membership is restricted to cardiologists but the Web site allows searches for clinical statements (new research) on all aspects of heart disease.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
This Web site provides good sources of reference materials on cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation as well as links to most major organizations involved in cardiac and ulmonary disease.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:
The Institute is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Government. The Web site is very comprehensive, covering such areas as heart information, scientific resources, studies, etc. It also provides links to numerous government departments, associations, and databases like MedlinePlus ( you can search for drug information, specific health topics, and current news on heart research developments.

American Stroke Association:
The Association is a division of the American Heart Association. It specializes in the area of stroke, providing information on stroke assessment, management, research, etc.

American Diabetes Association:
This Web site contains a wealth of information on nutrition, exercise, risk, etc. It also lists books and journals available either for sale or as subscriptions.

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center:
The Center is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Agriculture Research Service. Founded in 1971, this site provides information on food and human nutrition including dietary guidelines and supplements and food composition. There is a specific section on heart health and sources for diet information.

American Lung Association:
The association was founded in 1904 and provides information on all types of lung disease with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco and environmental health.

Operated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the site contains a health library, a special section on health topics organized by age, by race and ethnicity, for men, for women, etc., a section on information about doctors, hospitals, health insurance, prescriptions, Medicare and Medicaid, and a directory of healthfinder organizations including government agencies, clearinghouses, nonprofits and universities.

INOVA Heart Services:
Managed by INOVA Fairfax Hospital, this site provides up-to-date information on the heart services available through the hospital as well as information on the building progress of the INOVA Heart Institute scheduled to be opened in 2004.

Mayo Clinic:
This is an excellent resource for all types of diseases, especially heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure and stroke, as well as current event information on health topics of general public interest. The site has excellent information sections on senior health and Women’s health.

Food and Drug Administration:
FDA, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, maintains this web site. The site offers information on the areas FDA regulates, such as food, prescription drugs, medical devices, etc., as well as FDA news (press releases, meetings, speeches). It also allows site visitors to search specific topics of interest.

Heart Rhythm Society: 
The Society provides accurate, clear and understandable information about cardiac arrhythmia disorders. Designed to educate the patients and the public, the site aims to further understanding of heart rhythm problems, causes of various types of arrhythmia, and treatment options.

CardioSmart is the patient education and empowerment initiative brought to you by the American College of Cardiology. Their mission is to help individuals prevent, treat and manage cardiovascular disease.

Organ & Tissue Donation: Three organizations are listed. All provide excellent information on the value of organ and tissue donation and for Virginia residents, you can sign up on-line to become an organ and tissue donor. All of us at Mended Hearts can appreciate, more then most, receiving a second, third, and in some instances a fourth chance at life. Consider becoming an organ and tissue donor.