Additional Resources

The web is full of sites with heath-related information. Of course, some of them are better than others. The following sites offer reliable cardiovascular and healthy living information and have been reviewed by Iowa Heart physicians and staff. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for on our site or any of these helpful sites, we encourage you to contact your Iowa Heart physician.

American College of Cardiology

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. They are committed to providing visitors to their site with accurate, un-biased information in an advertising-free environment.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association's mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all they do. The need for our work is beyond question.

Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication

The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication was formed to redefine preventive heart health.

Their work is guided by the active participation and support of world renowned cardiovascular specialists and researchers. SHAPE maintains an energetic, full time staff as well as a growing team of dedicated volunteers.

Their "Campaign to Eradicate Heart Attack" is designed to emphasize education, treatment and research. The goal is to move the industry from "sick care" to prevention or "health care," and eventually to a cure for the world's number one cause of death.

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first."

Spark People

SparkPeople's mission is to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals and lead healthier lives. They offer nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources that are 100% free.

Texas Heart Institute

The mission of the Texas Heart Institute is to reduce the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease through innovative  programs in research, education and improved patient care.

Texas Heart Institute is a nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Denton A. Cooley in 1962. Its location in and affiliations with St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and Texas Children's Hospital assured that all age groups would be treated and freed the Institute of the burden of financing a health care facility.

Up To Date Patient Information

UpToDate is the largest clinical community in the world dedicated to synthesizing knowledge for clinicians and patients. The community includes over 4,400 expert clinicians who function as authors, editors and peer reviewers and over 400,000 users who provide feedback and questions to the editorial group. Their role is to facilitate interaction among members of the healthcare community and to synthesize and disseminate information in order to help clinicians provide better care.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. 

The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.


The WebMD content staff blends award-winning expertise in medicine, journalism, health communication and content creation to bring you the best health information possible. Our esteemed colleagues at are frequent contributors to WebMD and comprise our Medical Editorial Board. Our Independent Medical Review Board continuously reviews the site for accuracy and timeliness.

WomenHeart Organization

WomenHeart is the only national organization dedicated to promoting women’s heart health through advocacy, education and patient support. As the leading voice for the 42 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease, WomenHeart advocates for equal access to quality care and provides information and resources to help women take charge of their heart 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.

The World Heart Federation is the world's only global body dedicated to leading the fight against heart disease and stroke. We do this via a united community of almost 200 member organizations that bring together the strength of medical societies and heart foundations, from more than 100 countries.

American Dietetic Association

The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

Mission — Empowering members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders
Vision — Optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition