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WomenHeart

WomenHeart organization offers support for women with heart disease through individual support and a discussion forum. The information about is heart disease sparse and superficial. This site is recommended as a women's health resource with a specialized focus on heart health, but educational information is best sought from other websites.

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Review Date: 12/19/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

WomenHeart is not a quick or easy site to use. The homepage has information and links for a variety of topics, and it is not immediately clear where to begin. Information on heart disease is easy to understand, but a little hard to locate unless you are aware it is under the "Your Heart Journey" section. The site's other main tabs are also labeled in a roundabout way that doesn't seem intuitive.

Visual Design

The site's overall design is sparse with no clear focus. There are some images and videos to engage the reader, but the pages with little visual appeal. Additionally, the font is small and may be hard for some users to read.

Quality

Educational content limited to a few superficial topics about prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and living with heart disease. Educational brochures limited to Diagnostic Testing, Angina, Oral Anticoagulants, and Heart Failure. Plenty of relevant information available for support systems, but very little educational information about heart disease, which focuses mainly on coronary artery disease and arrhythmia.

Credibility

No individual authors are cited. There is a qualified Scientific Advisory Council, but no indication of their role in the educational content. Publication dates are not found in the content. Aside from the site’s copyright date — last renewed in 2019 — there is no information available to assess whether the site’s content has been reviewed or updated.

Pros

  1. Clear site design with distinct toolbar with drop-down menus and a site-wide search bar
  2. Advisors include credible authorities like the American Heart Association; the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association; the Office on Women's Health; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; etc.
  3. Free membership option allows users to connect with and share information with women around the world

Cons

  1. Some options in the drop-down menus are vague and require users to click them to see what the names refer to
  2. Much of the content may be outdated
  3. The educational information is sparse and superficial
  4. Font is on the small side and can be hard to read

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization

Accreditations: National Health Council Standards of Excellence Program

Additional Features: Downloadable brochures, links to financial assistance and advocacy, news, research,, online support community, glossary, state-specific support materials, videos

Languages: English

Contact: mail@womenheart.org