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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wealth of heart health information including types of heart disease, symptoms, diagnosis and tests, treatment, prevention, and management
Easy-to-read, yet authoritative and regularly reviewed information
Content is referenced and written/reviewed by health professionals
New articles, news reports, and blogs are continuously published
Some pages lack sufficient depth compared to similar websites
Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and addditional information
So many choices it can be hard to know where to begin browsing
Category organization is somewhat confusing and random
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