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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 566 federally recognized tribes in 35 states. Health services provided include medical, dental, and environmental health programs. Special program concentrations are in disease prevention and health promotion, alcoholism, substance abuse, suicide, accidents, maternal and child health, nutrition, and public health services.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - NCCDPHP
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) consists of nine divisions that support a variety of activities that improve the nation's health by preventing chronic diseases and their risk factors. Program activities include supporting states’ implementation of public health programs; public health surveillance; translation research; and developing tools and resources for stakeholders at the national, state, and community levels. The Center’s surveillance activities provide data and statistics relevant to each of its program areas.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Health Information Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time (closed on Federal holidays.) Health Information Specialists are available to provide information on diseases of the heart, lung, and blood, and sleep disorders and accept orders for publications. The Health Information Center develops and maintains information on NHLBI topics to respond to inquiries, and supports and disseminates materials for NHLBI's national health education and awareness campaigns.

Review Date: July 14, 2011

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American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is a nonprofit medical society dedicated to enhancing the lives of cardiovascular patients through continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and professionalism. Comprised of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers, the College bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care.

Review Date: November 25, 2011

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American College of Chest Physicians

The American College of Chest Physicians provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine, surgery, critical care and related fields for physicians. Programs of continuing medical education are offered to help physicians acquire new knowledge and improve the quality of care. Postgraduate courses are offered throughout the year at various locations in the United States and Canada. Most of the courses last for between 1 and 4 days.

Review Date: August 21, 2008

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American College of Physicians

The mission of the American College of Physicians (ACP) is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP membership includes over 118,000 physicians in general internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology, infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, and geriatrics.

Review Date: August 23, 2010

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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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Congenital Heart Information Network

C.H.I.N. is a national organization that provides reliable information, advocacy, support services, financial assistance and resources to families of children with congenital heart defects and acquired heart disease, and adults with congenital heart defects.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

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Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/CDC

CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention works to improve cardiovascular health through public health strategies and policies that promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors, healthy environments and communities, and access to early and affordable detection and treatment. CDC employs science, connections, and action to prevent, detect, and improve standards of care for heart disease and stroke and to reduce associated health disparities. CDC provides funding, technical support, and resources to state health departments, tribes, and other partners.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/CDC

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) is at the forefront of the nation's efforts to prevent and control chronic diseases. The Division of Adult and Community Health (DACH) is charged with managing programs that provide cross-cutting, chronic disease and health promotion expertise. DACH's activities include Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a program developed to impact the nation’s health by reducing chronic diseases related to obesity and tobacco. In addition to supporting programs that foster healthy aging and healthy communities, DASH's Prevention Research Centers (PRC), an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners, conduct prevention research and promote the wide use of practices proven to promote good health.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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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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Hope Heart Institute

The Hope Heart Institute conducts research and education programs that aim to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual quality of life for all at risk of, or afflicted with, heart and blood vessel disease. The Hope’s research and education programs have two main goals: research leading to better treatments - with significantly improved outcomes - for people living with heart and blood vessel disease; and education programs that encourage people to make heart-healthy lifestyle choices leading to longer, healthier lives.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation

The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and treatment of end-stage heart and lung diseases. The purposes of the Society are: to associate persons interested in the fields of heart and lung transplantation, end-stage heart and lung disease, and related sciences; to encourage and stimulate basic and clinical research in these disciplines and to promote new therapeutic strategies; to hold scientific meetings featuring presentations and discussions relevant to these disciplines; to sponsor a scientific journal for the publication of manuscripts related to these disciplines; to establish and maintain an international registry for heart and lung transplantation; and to award research grants and establish endowments for the study of these disciplines.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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International Society on Hypertension in Blacks

The International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB) is a unique, not-for-profit, professional, medical, membership society, whose mission is to improve the health and life expectancy of ethnic minority populations around the world. ISHIB delivers to an international community of individuals, agencies, and organizations representing multiple health disciplines within the medical arena, targeting not only African Americans but other under-served populations as well. ISHIB is devoted to reaching the professional health care and lay communities through its mission, scientific excellence, programs, health information and publications.

Review Date: August 22, 2011

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Mended Hearts, Inc.

Founded in 1951, the Mended Hearts is a nonprofit self-help group for people suffering from heart disease. It distributes information to members and other heart patients and families. The Mended Hearts operates through local chapters and is supported by local and national dues.

Review Date: May 03, 2011

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Noonan Syndrome Support Group, Inc.

Noonan Syndrome Support Group, Inc. (NSSG) is committed to providing support, current information, and understanding to those affected by Noonan syndrome, a condition often associated with congenital heart disease and short stature. NSSG is intended for people whose lives are touched by Noonan Syndrome, and want to exchange experiences, support, networking, and information.

Review Date: May 25, 2011

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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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Vascular Disease Foundation

Established in 1998 the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) is a multidisciplinary national public 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on vascular diseases with the sole purpose of providing public education and improving awareness about vascular diseases. The mission of the VDF is to improve health for all by reducing death and disability from vascular disease.

Review Date: April 11, 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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