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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, some at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) and some elsewhere, 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, including resources for patients and guidance for clinicians and researchers, specifically about heart rhythm disorders
  • 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
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