Health Resource Guide
To help raise awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to learn how to lower ones risk of heart disease, we have compiled a Heart Health Resource Guide which provides a listing of organizations, resources and websites.
While we aim to provide reputable information to our community, the information provided on these sites is not endorsed by Sister to Sister. If you have any questions about your health, the best resource will be your health care professional.
Heart Health Resources
Brigham and Women's Hospital Cardiovascular Wellness Service - The Cardiovascular Wellness Service is a multidisciplinary effort of Brigham and Women's Hospital, dedicated to preventing heart disease and promoting heart health. We accomplish through Community Outreach, Employee Wellness, Heart Disease Prevention Research and a Clinical Cardiology Program, among others.
CardioSmart - CardioSmart is a patient education site of the American College of Cardiology. Their mission is to engage, inform, and empower patients to better prepare them for participation in their own care.
Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (CDC) - Our mission is to provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke.
The Heart Truth - Increasing awareness about heart disease among women continues to be a top priority of the NHLBI and The Heart Truth campaign.
National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention - To provide leadership and encourage collaboration among organizations committed to heart disease and stroke prevention.
National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) - An institute at the National Institutes of Health NHLBI offers information on diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lungs and blood disorders.
National Lipid Association - The National Lipid Association created "Learn Your Lipids" to be a resource both for patients diagnosed with lipid disorders and for the physicians who treat them. This website contains a wide range of educational materials such as tips for healthy living, questions you can ask your doctor, and a variety of other resources.
National Stroke Association - The only national non-profit organization in the United States devoting 100 percent of its resources to stroke through a variety of innovative and high impact programs.
Partnership for Prevention - We seek to create a “prevention culture” in America, where the prevention of disease and the promotion of health, based on the best scientific evidence, is the first priority for policy makers, decision-makers and practitioners who can make a difference in this area.
Seconds Count - The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions sponsors secondscount.org, a public education initiative on cardiovascular disease and treatment.
StopAfib.org - Though atrial fibrillation impacts women and their families, we're not here just for women, but for anyone—patients, families, and caregivers—living with the life-changing impact of atrial fibrillation. You are not alone.
Office on Women's Health - The Make the Call. Don't Miss a Beat. campaign is a national public education campaign that aims to educate, engage, and empower women and their families to learn the seven most common symptoms of a heart attack and encourage them to call 9-1-1 as soon as those symptoms arise.
WISEWOMAN - The WISEWOMAN program provides low-income, under-insured or uninsured women with chronic disease risk factor screening, lifestyle intervention, and referral services in an effort to prevent cardiovascular disease. The priority age group is women aged 40–64 years.
Women In Innovations - WIN is a global initiative with a dual mission to encourage and facilitate more effective diagnosis and treatment of women with cardiovascular disease; and foster the professional development of female interventional and invasive cardiologists in practice and in training.
American Diabetes Association (ADA) - Offers information about diabetes, nutrition, exercise and prevention.
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NIDDK) - A service of the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, they provide information to increase knowledge and understanding about diabetes among patients, health care professionals, and the general public.
High Blood Pressure
American Society of Hypertension, Inc. (ASH) - ASH is the largest organization of hypertension researchers and health care providers in the United States committed to eliminating hypertension and its consequences.
NHLBI Health Information Center - "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure" is intended for people who are interested in learning more about preventing and controlling high blood pressure. Based on National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute clinical guidelines and research studies, it provides up-to-date practical information on high blood pressure. .
MedlinePlus - MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 800 diseases and conditions.
Nutrition and Physical Activity
Aim For a Healthy Weight - An NHLBI online weight loss program which includes a menu planner, recipes, shopping tips, portion guides and sample menus for those that need to maintain or lose weight.
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) - The nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, the ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being. Their website provides information and recipes for well-balanced and healthy meals .
The American Obesity Association (AOA) - A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education, research and community action that can improve the quality of life for people with obesity.
Nutrition Data Analyzer - NutritionData (ND) provides a complete nutrient analysis for any food or recipe, and helps you select foods that best match your dietary needs. ND's continuing goal is to make nutritional information more accessible and understandable to all.
Obesity Action Coalition - The mission of the OAC is to elevate and empower those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support.
Health Care Law Benefits
With AARP's Health Law Guide, you can learn how the Health Care Law, also known as the Affordable Care Act, will benefit you and your family — both now and in the future.
Body and Mind - BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.
Let's Move! - Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Sure, this is an ambitious goal. But with your help, we can do it.
We Can! - We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
World Congress of Cardiology - Through the World Congress of Cardiology, the World Heart Federation offers an international stage for the latest developments in science and public outreach in the field of cardiovascular health.
World Heart Federation - The World Heart Federation is a nongovernmental organization committed to uniting its members and leads the global fight against heart disease and stroke, with a focus on low-and middle-income countries.
World Health Organization (WHO) - The directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
The National Cancer Institute - The National Cancer Institute conducts and supports research, training and health information with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer and develops materials and programs on smoking cessation.
Smoking Cessation - An informative resource center that not only educates visitors about giving up cigarettes, but also provides links and resources for state-of-the art methods and programs design to help people to quit smoking.
Women.Smokefree.gov - Free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of women trying to quit smoking.
EmpowHER - An award-winning health media company for women which provides visitors access to one of the largest women's health and wellness content libraries on the web, as well as the largest online community of women discussing their health and wellness issues.
Healthy Women - Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families.
Mayo Clinic - The Mayo Clinic provides information and services from the world's first and largest, not-for-profit group medical practice, dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex illnesses.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Our mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
Office of Minority Health (OMH) - The Office is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
Society for Women's Health Research - The nation’s only non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy. The Society encourages the study of sex differences between women and men that affect the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.