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NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

The primary responsibility of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is the scientific investigation of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases. NHLBI oversees resources and research, demonstration, prevention, education, control, and sleep disorders and training activities in these fields. The program emphasizes the prevention and control of heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders, and education concerning these diseases through more rapid transfer of knowledge into the mainstream of clinical medicine and personal health practices. Inquiries related to high blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, and blood diseases, as well as any information requests associated with cardiovascular disease prevention and heart-health promotion are handled by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center.

Review Date: July 14, 2011

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American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA), a nonprofit, voluntary health agency funded by private contributions, is dedicated to the reduction of death and disability from cardiovascular diseases, including heart diseases and stroke. The AHA is one of the world's largest voluntary health organizations with about 2,200 community organizations in all States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. More than 3.7 million persons volunteer with the AHA to fight cardiovascular diseases, the nation's No. 1 killer and a leading cause of disability. Preventing heart disease and stroke is the first priority of the American Heart Association. In support of this goal, the AHA has contributed more than $1 billion to cardiovascular research since 1949. Public education programs to inform people how to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke is another priority. The AHA also sponsors continuing medical education seminars and meetings throughout the year.

Review Date: December 20, 2011

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Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation

The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) is a national, non-profit organization focused on pediatric cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart muscle. CCF is dedicated to accelerating the search for cures while improving diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for children affected by cardiomyopathy. CCF actively works with federal agencies, medical societies, voluntary health organizations, and hospitals nationwide to increase awareness, accelerate research, and advance education on pediatric cardiomyopathy.

Review Date: January 19, 2012

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Heart Rhythm Society

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) is an organization of physicians, scientists, and allied professionals throughout the world dedicated to the study and the management of cardiac arrhythmias. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education, and optimal health care policies and standards. HRS represents the allied specialties of cardiac pacing and cardiac electrophysiology in North America and plays an important role not only in education but also as an intermediary between government regulatory agencies and members of the profession. HRS created the Patient and Public Information Center to provide accurate, clear, and understandable information about cardiac arrhythmia disorders. Designed to educate patients and the public, the Center aims to achieve further understanding of heart rhythm problems.

Review Date: October 28, 2009

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Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation

The SADS Foundation's mission is to save the lives of children and young adults who are genetically predisposed or otherwise susceptible to sudden death due to cardiac arrhythmias and to provide education and support to families and the medical community who are dealing with these disorders. The Foundation is dedicated to providing information, assistance & hope.

Review Date: March 17, 2011

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Women's Heart Foundation

The Women's Heart Foundation (WHF) is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life for women with heart disease. The goals of WHF are to (1) provide for the education of women as consumers concerning heart disease as it affects them economically, culturally, physiologically, psychologically and spiritually; (2) provide for the education of health professionals concerning the unique needs of women with heart disease; (3) advocate for research into the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and outcome of heart disease as it affects women, particularly minority women; and (4) support women as caregivers. WHF responds to the health crisis of women's heart disease by designing and implementing various wellness programs such as the Women's Heart Week. This outreach effort raises awareness about heart disease in women and promotes prevention, education, symptoms awareness, and early intervention.

Review Date: April 06, 2011

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