At MGHVC, we believe that you should fully understand your diagnosis in order to make informed decisions about your health care. Our staff is always happy to answer questions during or after your visit, and you can also take advantage of reliable sources of health online. Following are web sites that can help you find out more about your health.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association web site offers a wealth of information for patients, including a Healthcare Research section, a searchable Heart and Stroke Encyclopedia, and more.
Medline Plus, from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Insitutes of Health (NIH) offers trusted, easy to understand information on a wide array of health topics. You'll find a medical dictionary, easy-to-follow diagrams and videos, and information about prescription drugs. Health information is also available in Spanish.
National Lipid Association
The National Lipid Association (NLA) is a nonprofit medical society with the goal of enhancing the practice of lipid management in clinical medicine. The NLA's public health mission is to help reduce deaths related to high cholesterol. The NLA offers Learn Your Lipids, a web site for patients offering a wealth of information including basic information about lipids and how they affect your health and tips for healthy living.
American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is the national medical society that bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its strict qualifications. ACC members include physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers. Though the ACC is an organization for medical professionals, it is important to know that the health care professional you entrust with your cardiovascular care is a member of the ACC.