Being a Savvy Consumer, and More on Heart Failure
Annotation:The Doctors of USC, University of Southern California - Questions to ask your doctor about living with heart failure
Annotation:American Heart Association - This page includes links to a variety of PDF documents you can print as a reminder and diary for you and your caregiver; includes for example a High Blood Pressure tracker, a Fruit and Veggie tracker and a Medical Contact List.
Annotation:Brief but excellent list on caregiver rights and needs. Part of a larger site devoted to Caregivers with many helpful suggestions on how to take care of oneself and specific guidance on communicating with family, friends, healthcare professionals and more.
Annotation:National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health - An excellent research tool, providing articles and links to trusted information, news, and tools for keeping healthy, and finding medical support. Documents are available in over 40 languages.
Annotation:Can be reached at One Almaden Blvd. Suite 500, San Jose, CA 95113, phone: (408) 977-4950. The web site includes news articles, listings of local events and programs and is fully integrated with the full AHA site, with its wealth of information aiming to improve the cardiovascular health of the country
Annotation:Provides clear, complete information for consumers on heart failure, from cardiovascular function to treatment.
Annotation:A forum for health care professionals and researchers who are interested in heart function, heart failure, and congestive heart failure research and patient care. Includes research and guideline updates and some patient education booklets
Annotation:NHLBI provides global leadership for research, training, and education programs to promote prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases. It sponsors provides information to the public as well as researchers.
Annotation:Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - The National Family Caregiver Support Program, established in 2000, provides grants to States and Territories, based on their share of the population aged 70 and over, to fund a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. This page provides background and statistics on the programs and links to further resources.
Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Suggestions regarding the safe use of medicines, including questions to ask your doctor, and tips on how to cut medicine costs. Check out the whole section of the FDA website devoted to consumers for other useful articles and resources, including how to report a bad reaction to a medicine, and how to protect yourself from health fraud.
Annotation:SeniorNet and Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher - Doctors and patients can sometimes be on different wavelengths. This article provides practical tips on how to prepare for an effective medical appointment.
Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Tips for finding reliable health information.
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Visit the PlaneTree Health Information Center online: http://sccl.org/services/planetree NOTE: This information should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.