No online information or advice should ever replace a discussion with your doctor or health care provider, however there are may Web sites that can be a valuable resource for issues to ask during your office visit. The sites below contain more heart-healthy information specifically for women.
American Heart Association
www.americanheart.org - The wealth of information about women's heart health provided by the American Heart Association is well documented, presented in a clear, user-friendly fashion and includes everything from pages devoted to readers' feedback and heart healthy recipes to exercise tips, facts about women's hearts, study results and more. In particular, there is information on postmenopausal women for whom there is a greater risk of heart attack and stroke.
The Heart Truth
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and partner organizations are sponsoring a national campaign called The Heart Truth. The campaign's goal is to make women more aware of the danger of heart disease. Through multimedia messages, the campaign warns women against heart disease and the need to take action against its risk factors. This site includes links to TV, radio, and print Public Service Announcements and ordering information for materials that can be used at community events.
www.womenshealth.gov - This site was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide free, reliable health information for women everywhere. Browse the database for resources or take a look through the special sections to find information specific to heart disease.
National Women's Health Resource Center
www.healthywomen.org - This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping women make informed decisions about their health by providing access to health information and resources. At this site, you'll find a national clearinghouse for women's health information that is supported by an advisory council comprised of leading medical and health experts.
NIH Women's Health Initiative
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/whi - This is the home page of the Women's Health Initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Women's Health Initiative focuses on the major causes of death, disability and frailty in postmenopausal women, with an overall goal to reduce coronary heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer and fractures from osteoporosis.
www.womenheart.org - This site provides reliable information on women's heart health. Claiming, "no one knows what it's like to be you. Except us," this site provides information on the connections between mental health and heart disease and offers information on how to take better care of yourself.