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Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center

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Provider: Texas Heart Institute
Descriptions: This website is an award-winner and has been highlighted in the Internet Scout Report. Its first focus is on patient and consumer education, but it also links to a page of physician-targeted resources and publications. For the consumer there are questionnaires designed to help the user ascertain their own cardiac health and risk behaviors; for patients, there is an extensive glossary of terms and a detailed section explaining heart conditions and surgical procedures designed to correct them.
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National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

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Provider: National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: "The Institute plans, conducts, fosters and supports an integrated and coordinated program of basic research, clinical investigations and trials, observational studies, and demonstration and education projects." There is a wealth of information here, through links and integral content, for patients, researchers and health care professionals. Includes information on new clinical trials and provides links to individual clinical trial websites. For consumers, there is a special Health Information Network one can sign up for, which will then feed only the information of particular interest to the individual user.
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Medical Product Safety Network (MEDSUN)

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Provider: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Descriptions: MEDSUN "...is an adverse event reporting program launched in 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The primary goal for MedSun is to work collaboratively with the clinical community to identify, understand, and solve problems with the use of medical devices. Over 350 health care facilities, primarily hospitals, participate in the entire MedSun network." There are MEDSUN sub-networks for various conditions and clinical settings in which medical devices are commonly used: HeartNet, HomeNet, KidNet (neonates), LabNet, SightNet and TissueNet.
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