Since my dad was in the hospital due to complications of congestive heart failure, I’ve compiled these resources to help me learn a lot more about the condition.
Five Tips to Keep in Mind When You Search for Medical Information on the Web (Subtitle: Be Sure You Are Reading Accurate Information.)
- Use sites affiliated with research institutions, professional groups, and hospitals, and confirm that a site’s information has been checked out with experts in the field before it’s published.
- Stay away from sites where people moan and groan about medical problems. The complaints often eclipse the quality of the medical information.
- If you are unsure about a site, check with a librarian at your local public library or your hospital’s library.
- Use the web information to learn and to help you formulate questions. Write these questions down if you plan to bring the information to your physician.
- No web information is a substitute for calling or meeting with you physician.
- Medline Plus CHF Page – National Library of Medicine (National Institutes of Health, no advertising)
- Medline Plus X-Plain Patient Education Video on CHF
- National Institutes of Health Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute – great video, Heart Contraction and Blood Flow, about halfway down the page
- American Heart Association – Congestive Heart Info
- MedicineNet.com Frequently Asked Questions about CHF
- Mayo Clinic Heart Failure Page – starts here and continues with links on the left of the page
- Mayo Clinic Heart and Circulatory Video
- Web-MD CHF Page
- Congestive Heart Failure: How to Stay Well and Out of the Hospital (American Academy of Family Physicians)
A Few Recent Articles on Congestive Heart Failure (not medical sites)
- Heart Failure Guide – New York Times
- Elizabeth Taylor Dies of Congestive Heart Failure – LA Times
- What is Congestive Heart Failure? – Boston.com (Boston Globe)
- A post I wrote for AsOurParentsAge in March 2011 – Aging Parents: Explaining Congestive Heart Failure