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American Heart Association

The American Heart Association educates the public about common cardiovascular diseases and cardiovascular health. The health information about treatment, prevention, tests, and procedures is presented in easy-to-understand language and includes a variety of supplementary text and multimedia materials. This website is a recommended a an excellent starting place for general knowledge about cardiovascular disease and its related issues

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Review Date: 12/2/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

The writing is clear and easy to understand. Although the site's content is both timely and reliable, its dense and inconsistent design can feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate.

Visual Design

Each topic has a different page layout, visual design, and organizational structure, which can slow down the browsing experience as users continually reorient themselves to the different sections of the site.

Quality

This website serves as a good introduction to cardiovascular health topics, healthy-living techniques, information on specific cardiac and vascular conditions, and related other issues. As an introductory resource, some of the content lacks depth, but it is appropriate for readers interested in learning about common cardiovascular conditions. Unfortunately few references are provided, although the American Heart Association is a reliable source of information and has claimed to have reviewed and approved the content.

Credibility

No individual authors are cited on the website and credentials are difficult to evaluate without listed authors. It is claimed that the content is written by staff and is based on interviews with volunteer physicians or health care experts and compiled data. Articles are reviewed by at least one science and medicine adviser. Articles show “Last Reviewed” and “Last Updated” dates, many more than 2 years ago.

Pros

  1. Each heart condition page contains helpful information on diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, risk factors, and prevention
  2. Helpfully includes images when presenting data and information
  3. Impressive listing of patient resources and how to access them on
  4. Extensive video library

Cons

  1. Content may be shallow at times
  2. Cluttered visual appearance with inconsistent layout across topics make it difficult to distinguish links from the surrounding text, especially on busier pages
  3. Information is often spread out unnecessarily over a series of different pages

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: American Heart Association, a nonprofit health organization founded in 1924

Accreditations: HON seal (May 2019), BBB-accredited charity, Charity Navigator 4-Star Charity, National Health Council Standards of Excellence Certification Program

Additional Features: Videos, downloadable brochures, infographics, blog, magazine, CPR education training, online support, communities, recipes, e-newsletter

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: 1-800-242-8721