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WebMD – Heart Disease Health Center

WebMD's Heart Disease Health Center provides information on heart health and vascular conditions. The information covers specific conditions, diagnostic tests, and surgical procedures. The site is recommended for good general information but lacks the depth provided by other sites on this topic.

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Review Date: 5/21/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Landing page begins with an overview and provides a subtopic list that allows users to narrow their search. Content does not always present logically because related articles, blogs, message boards, and advertisements are mixed throughout. Subtopic organization seems random, except for conditions related to heart disease which are ordered alphabetically. Further, nested links send users deeper and deeper into searches without an easy return to the landing page. While the information here is patient-centered and educational, the browsing experience is less than ideal.

Visual Design

Pages are cluttered with numerous advertisements that clog the browsing experience. The reader's eye wanders all over the page due to the multiple areas for exploration. Worse, the majority of those choices are not specific to the Heart Health section. Like the rest of WebMD, this section is not very visually pleasing.

Quality

A good range of information about heart disease, all referenced and reviewed by medical professionals and specialists. There is a general statement that the content is based on recent evidence and practice. This section covers common heart conditions in more general terms than others websites, but the information here is still high quality.

Credibility

The website's content is written by a staff of physicians, medical journalists, and health reporters. Articles are reviewed by subject area experts and feature recent dates of review. This section carries all the authority and credibility associated with WebMD, so visitors can trust the heart health information is helpful and accurate.

Pros

  1. Wealth of heart health information including types of heart disease, symptoms, diagnosis and tests, treatment, prevention, and management
  2. Easy-to-read, yet authoritative and regularly reviewed information
  3. Content is referenced and written/reviewed by health professionals
  4. New articles, news reports, and blogs are continuously published

Cons

  1. Some pages lack sufficient depth compared to similar websites
  2. Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and addditional information
  3. So many choices it can be hard to know where to begin browsing
  4. Category organization is somewhat confusing and random

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Internet Brands, LLC, a for-profit consumer media company

Accreditations: URAC (2018), HON seal (2018), TRUSTe Certified privacy

Additional Features: Slideshows, videos, news, blogs, Q&A, message boards, find a cardiologist tool, user discussion board

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net