Heart & Vascular Center Patient Support and Education

Your heart is such a complex organ that no single source of information is likely to be able to answer all the questions you doubtless have. We have assembled here an array of resources with a brief description of what you will find at each link.

  • American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN): Information and educational materials on heart failure and heart health for both patients and nursing professionals
  • American Heart Association: Factual resources and helpful advice from the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization devoted to heart health
  • Coronary Risk Assessment: A cardiovascular risk calculator developed by the International Task Force for Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Cardiac Rehabilitation Program: An introduction to D-H's inpatient and outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, to which patients who have had cardiac surgery are often referred
  • D-H Center for Shared Decision Making: A description of the resources available through D-H's first-in-the-nation center dedicated to supporting patients in making informed decisions about their care
  • D-H Heart Failure Toolkik (PDF): A handbook created by the D-H heart failure team to help you manage and understand heart failure, including diet and activity guidelines
  • Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA): A forum for all those interested in heart function, heart failure, and congestive heart failure research and care
  • Heart Rhythm Society (HRS): Information about heart rhythm disorders, including resources for patients and guidance for clinicians and researchers
  • The Longevity Game: An interactive lifestyle and health quiz to help you identify factors that can lead to a healthier, more productive life
  • MedLinePlus: Health news and information, arranged by topic, from the U.S. National Library of Medicine
  • Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group (NNECDSG): Information on a regional 10-hospital consortium, co-founded by D-H and dedicated to the continuous improvement of cardiothoracic surgery processes, risk assessments, and decision making
  • PubMed: Access, via the U.S. National Library of Medicine, to a database of journal articles in the field of medicine, as well as nursing, dentistry, and other health-related disciplines
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: Information about the specialty organization that encompasses cardiac surgery, to which the D-H Section of Cardiac Surgery reports all its results
  • U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: A wealth of information provided by the federal agency within the National Institutes of Health devoted to the cardiovascular system
  • Vascular Web: Information provided by the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), including a "Patients and Families" portal