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Useful Links


Patient Links


Patient Links:

General Sites

logo-bhf www.bhf.org.uk

This is a great site for the British Heart Foundation and covers a whole range of topics from giving up smoking, heart health, health insurance queries, donations and local events. They have a free e-newsletter you can subscribe to and a ‘heart information’ phone line. They also have details of Heartstart UK – an initiative co-ordinated by the BHF to teach members of the public what to do in a life-threatening emergency.

logo-aha www.americanheart.org

This is an American site that has lots of useful information, particularly about heart attack and stroke warning signs and management of blood pressure. It also covers all the latest news items regarding cardiology, and has lots of healthy lifestyle information.

logo-patient www.patient.co.uk

Great general site with useful search facility. You can look up health and diseases, patient support groups, medicines, lifestyle articles and tests and investigations.

logo-bcpa www.bcpa.co.uk

This association was formed in 1981 and was primarily used by cardiac patients who had undergone heart surgery. It now incorporates all cardiac patients and is a national organisation.

logo-dh www.dh.gov.uk

This is the Department of Health website and provides details of the National Service Framework (a strategy to modernise the NHS), as well as many other articles about the NHS initiatives to tackle coronary heart disease in the UK today.

logo-heart The Heart: An Online Exploration

This is an educational site which can teach you all manner of fascinating facts about the heart.

logo-hco www.healthcentersonline.com

Another American site that has some useful articles about lifestyle, as well as covering all aspects of cardiac conditions, procedures, and drugs and medications.

logo-af www.londonafcentre.co.uk

The London Atrial Fibrillation Centre comprises a team of dedicated healthcare professionals based mainly in The London Bridge Hospital in central London, who have international recognition in the field of treatment and research into atrial fibrillation (AF).

Abnormal Heart Rhythms and Sudden Cardiac Death

logo-stars www.stars.org.uk

Arrhythmia Alliance aims to raise awareness, improve diagnosis, improve treatment and improve quality of life for people living with cardiac arrhythmias. This is a great site with information about heart rhythm disorders, topical news stories and fundraising events.

logo-hrs www.hrspatients.org

This site is for the Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE) and, as the name suggests, focuses on those with heart rhythm disorders or arrhythmias. The site is designed to educate patients and the public and provide ‘clear, accurate and understandable information’. The site is updated constantly and can provide a whole range of information on topics such as sudden death, heart failure and useful patient stories.

logo-sad www.sadsuk.org

This site specifically provides information about sudden adult/arrhythmic death, also called sudden cardiac death, sudden death syndrome or cardiac arrest. This is a voluntary organisation that helps prevent the early loss of life by raising awareness about heart conditions that can cause Sudden Adult/Arrhythmic Death and to improve the lives of those adversely affected by cardiac arrhythmias.

logo-cry www.c-r-y.org.uk

CRY is a charity founded in May 1995 to raise awareness of Cardiac Risk in the Young – Sudden Cardiac Death or Sudden Death Syndrome (SADS). It offers support to those who have suffered a loss through a network of affected families & counselling. This site gives information about the most common causes of sudden unexpected death, as well as about health screening, counselling and fundraising.

Coronary Heart Disease

Nearly all the general sites mentioned above have excellent sections on coronary heart disease. There are a few listed below that have particularly good information.

logo-a-z www.healthatoz.com

This is an American site but is very comprehensive, and covers all aspects of coronary heart disease including prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, risk factors and fitness.

logo-medicine www.medicinenet.com

A general medical site with useful and comprehensive section on coronary heart disease (they call it coronary atherosclerosis).

logo-women www.womenheart.org

This site is specifically aimed at women with heart disease and although this is an American site it has lots of useful and relevant information.

Congenital or Inherited Heart Disease

logo-guch www.guch.org.uk

The Grown Up Congenital Heart Patients Association (GUCH) is a UK charity, founded in 1993 to provide information and support for young people and adults with congenital heart disease. This site has lots of information about inherited heart conditions, as well as a message board and some personal experience stories.

Heart Attack Symptoms

logo-care www.careurheart.com

This site contains a host of useful information for users to get details that includes information about cholesterol, cholesterol treatment, cholesterol tips & guidance and a self test for checking cholesterol level and other useful medical resources.

Insurance Company Sites

logo-bupa www.bupa.co.uk

All manner of healthcare and insurance information on this site. It has some very useful health factsheets, as well as details of local hospitals, travel insurance, procedures and prices.

logo-nu www.aviva.co.uk

Another good site with lots of online features. As well as access to a personal health manager, it also has health assessment tools and a selection of ‘guides to life’.

logo-axa www.axappphealthcare.co.uk

As well as insurance detail policies, this site has some useful factsheets.

logo-standard www.standardlife.co.uk

This site has an interesting ‘health and wellbeing’ section.

Medical Company Sites

As well as providing specific information about products or devices which may be used in your treatment, many of these sites have excellent patient support sections.

logo-bio www.biotronik.com

Has information on products as well as sections on the heart and blood vessels, heart diseases, frequently asked questions and safe travel.

logo-boston www.bostonscientific.com

Useful site with specific information about procedures and products.

logo-cordis www.cordis.com

This site has some background information about coronary artery disease and the products used to treat it.

logo-ela www.elamedical.com

This has useful guides to pacemakers and implantable defibrillators in the patient information section.

logo-guidant www.guidant.com

Very comprehensive patient and family support section, with background heart information, women’s heart health and news for heart attack survivors.

logo-medtronic www.medtronic.com

This site has lots of useful information for patients (and their families) being treated with Medtronic products and therapies. Medtronic products include pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and some stents.

logo-sjm www.sjm.com

St Jude is a major medical device manufacturer. Their site has some useful information on all aspects of cardiac conditions, procedures, patient success stories, devices and general background information.

Other Sites

logo-pmh The Princess Margaret Hospital

The Princess Margaret Hospital is part of BMI Healthcare, Britain’s leading provider of independent healthcare.

Professional Links

Professional Links:

The following links are to websites that you may find interesting or useful. The list is by no means exhaustive, and due to the ever-changing environment of the internet, sites may move or change.

Windsor Cardiology is not responsible for the content of these sites.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to be included on this list or if you have any comments enquiries@windsorcardiology.com

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Anticoagulation – www.anticoagulation.org.uk
American Heart Association – www.americanheart.org
Arrhythmia Alliance (A-A) – www.arrhythmiaalliance.org.uk
ArrhythmiA Awareness Week – www.aaaw.org.uk

B

Backup – ICD Support Group – 0208 7251372
Blood Pressure Association – www.bloodpressureuk.org
British Cardiac Patients Association (BCPA) – www.bcpa.co.uk
British Cardiac Society – www.bcs.com
British Heart Foundation (BHF) – www.bhf.org.uk
British Hypertension Society – www.bhsoc.org
British Pacing & Electrophysiology Group (BPEG) – see www.bcs.com
British Vascular Foundation – www.bvf.org.uk

C

Cardiac Risk In The Young ( CRY ) – www.c-r-y.org.uk
Cardiomyopathy Association – www.cardiomyopathy.org
Children’s Heart Federation (CHF) – www.childrens-heart-fed.org.uk
Coronary Prevention Group (CPG) – www.healthnet.org.uk

D

Department of Health – www.doh.gov.uk
Diabetes UK – www.diabetes.org.uk
Dysautonomia Youth Network of America ( DYNA ) – www.dynakids.org

E -F

European Society of Cardiology – www.escardio.org

Fainting – www.fainting.com

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Genetic Interest Group – www.gig.org.uk
Grown Up Congenital Heart Patients Association (GUCH) – www.guch.org.uk

H

Health Development Agency – www.hda-online.org.uk
Heart UK – www.heartuk.org.uk
Heart Rhythm Society (formerly NASPE) – www.hrsonline.org
High Blood Pressure Foundation – www.hbpf.org.uk
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association of America – www.4hcm.org

I

ICD Group of North Staffordshire – www.icdsupport.org.uk
International Association of Patient Organisations (IAPO) – www.patientsorganizations.org
Irish Heart Foundation – www.irishheart.ie

J – K – L

Kanu Heart Foundation – www.kanuhearfoundation.com

Little Hearts Matter – www.lhm.org.uk

M

Marfan Association – www.marfan.org.uk
Medic Alert – www.medicalert.org.uk

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NASPE – see Heart Rhythm Society – www.hrsonline.org
The National Council for Palliative Care – www.ncpc.org.uk
National Council for Voluntary Organisations ( NCVO ) – www.ncvo-vol.org.uk
National Heart Forum – www.heartforum.org.uk
NHS Direct ( England , N Ireland & Wales ) – www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
NHS Hospital list – www.nhs.uk/england/default.aspx
NHS Health Scotland – www.healthscotland.com
National Institute for Clinical Excellence ( NICE ) – www.nice.org.uk
The National Pain Foundation www.nationalpainfoundation.org
National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease (NSF – CHD ) – www.dh.gov.uk/consultations
North West Regional Electrophysiology Group (NWREPG) – www.nwrepg.com
Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke Association – www.nichsa.com

O

Online Health Resources – www.onlinehealthresources.com

P – Q

Patient Co – www.patient.co.uk
POTS Place: A Guide to Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome – www.potsplace.com
Primary Care Cardiovascular Society – www.pccs.org.uk
Pulmonary Hypertension Association – www.pha-uk.com

R

Resuscitation Council – www.resus.org.uk

S

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Foundation (SADS Foundation) – www.sads.org
Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome Trust (SADS UK ) – www.sadsuk.org
Scottish Hart – www.scottishhart.com
Scottish Heart and Arterial Disease Risk Prevention (SHARP) – www.heartscotland.org
St John Ambulance – www.sja.org.uk
Stroke Association – www.stroke.org.uk
Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures (STARS) – www.stars.org.uk

T

The Center for Pediatric Hypotension – www.syncope.org
The Cheltenham Syncope Clinic – www.syncope.co.uk
The Transplant Support Network – www.transplantsupportnetwork.org.uk

U – V – W – X – Y – Z

UK Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology Society (UKICES) – www.ukices.org
UK Heart Rhythm – www.ukheartrhythm.org.uk