Heart Diseases
Diseases or abnormal conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels
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Agencies and Support Groups
 
Local

Lackawanna/Luzerne Chapter, American Heart Association
Provides local resources, initiatives, and events.
613 Baltimore Dr.
Suite 3
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702
Phone:
570-822-9438
Fax: 570-822-9536  
        

Mended Hearts
Regional Hospital of Scranton
McGowan Conference Center
746 Jefferson Ave.
Scranton, PA  18501
Support group for heart patients and families.
 Call 570-340-4842 for more info.


Heart Failure / Nutrition Education Classes
Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
1000 E. Mountain Blvd.
Plains Township, PA  18711
A series of education classes on heart failure and nutrition.  The programs are open to the public and registration is free; however, a physician’s referral is necessaryPlease contact Kimberly Heart, 570-808-1091 for details. Classes meet in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Heart Hospital.  They are scheduled from 2-3PM on the third Tuesday of each month.

Heart Failure Support Group
Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
1000 E. Mountain Blvd.
Plains Township, PA  18711
Held from 5-6 PM on the first Mondy of February, April, June, August, October and December. No registration is necessary. For details, contact Kimberly Heart, 570-808-1091.


Cardiac Support Group
Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
1000 E. Mountain Blvd.
Plains Township, PA  18711
Held from 5-6 PM on the first Mondy of February, April, June, August, October and December. No registration is necessary. For details, contact Kimberly Heart, 570-808-1091.

 
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State
 
Provides resources and information about heart disease, which is the number one killer of both women and men in Pennsylvania.  Also provides information about stroke, which is the third learning cause of death and a major cause of adult disability.
1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)

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National


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Division for Heart Diseases and Stroke Prevention
Information about heart disease for patients and professionals, including publications, educational materials, podcasts, facts and statistics, links to other resources
 
Heart Rhythm Society   
This site aims to further understanding of heart rhythm problems by providing information on signs and symptoms, substances causing arrhythmias, risk factors and prevention, tests and treatments.
Information on heart/vascular diseases and lung diseases.  For the public there are publications, assessment tools, recipe collections and info for selected audiences ( African Americans, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, Children/Parents, Teachers, Latinos, Native Americans/Alaska Natives, and Women) . Info for the professional also includes workshop/meeting summaries and other scientific reports, interactive tools and resources, educational campaigns.

American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX  75231
Information on conditions and getting healthy, help for the Caregiver and Educators, links to find CPR and ECC classes, and statements/guidelines/clinical updates for the professional.  Find out about local information on resources and events by entering your zip code.  This site is also available in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.

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Mobile Resources

Pocket First Aid & CPR ($1.99) iOS, Android  Pocket First Aid & CPR is loaded with useful health and emergency information from the American Heart Association. The app offers high-quality illustrations and videos, along with step-by-step instructions for responding to a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations.

SparkPeople Diet & Food Tracker ($3.99) iOS, Android  SparkPeople Diet & Food Tracker is a great choice for those who need to keep close tabs on food intake and physical activity. Instead of giving specific nutrition guidance, this app provides target ranges, which may be easier if you are just starting on the journey to meet your cardiovascular goals.

Fooducate (Free) iOS, Android  This app takes the guesswork out of grocery shopping. After scanning a product’s bar code, it gives you a detailed nutritional description. The best feature of this program is that you are able to compare items for their health benefit, taste and cost.

Figwee Portion Explorer ($2.99) iOS  This app boasts more than 28,000 images of numerous foods in various portion sizes. Users adjust photos to increase or decrease food quantity to observe changes in nutritional value. No more trying to measure chicken by “the size of your fist.”

My Daily Plate ($0.99) iOS, Android  Using the USDA’s new ChooseMyPlate.gov icon and data, My Daily Plate helps you make more informed, nutritious and rewarding decisions throughout the day. Start thinking about what goes on your plate before your next meal. This app will also tell you how many calories certain activities burn, so you can keep track of how many calories you’ve eaten and burned in a day.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock ($0.99/Free) iOS, Android A high-tech alarm clock that analyzes movement during sleep, this app wakes users at the optimal time in their sleep cycles (within a half-hour range) to feel most rested. As research indicates, poor sleeping habits correlate with hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart failure, and heart attack.

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker (Free) Blackberry Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest to use calorie counter for BlackBerry®. With the largest food database of any BlackBerry calorie counter (over 1,700,000 foods), and amazingly fast food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off!

Cholesterol Manager – Dietary cholesterol and Fat Tracker ($2.99) iOS Designed for people who want to reduce or track their cholesterol and fat consumption, such as people on heart-healthy diets.

Full Fitness – Exercise Workout Trainer ($1.99) iOS  This application offers a huge collection of strength-training exercises. Each exercise comes with a clear image and instructions. From the 230 moves, you can choose ones that work a certain muscle or region of the body, and customize your own workout. A free “lite” versions exists, as well.      

Nike Training Club (Free) iOS, Android  This free application gives you access to your own personal training program. It has workout sessions whether you want to do cardio or strength training, and shows videos of how to do each move. It even times each part of your workout for you, so you don’t have to think about when to switch to the next move.

iTreadmill:Pedometer Ultra w/ PocketStep™ ($1.99) iOS  Turn your neighborhood sidewalk or park trail into your own personal treadmill. It’s an amped-up pedometer that not only counts your steps, but can also record your distance and track the calories you’ve burned.

Blood Pressure - Smart Blood Pressure (SmartBP) BP Tracker (Free) iOS  SmartBP is a blood pressure management app that allows you to record, track, analyze and share your Blood Pressure information.

Heart Pal Blood Pressure Tracker ($0.99) iOS, Android  This app allows you to log, chart and analyze your blood pressure and to share stored data with your doctor. Plus, it includes a pill-tracker feature, enabling you to manage your prescriptions and set schedules for taking medication.

HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker ($0.99) iOS, Android  This tracker provides useful calculations for your systolic and diastolic blood pressure, Mean Arterial Pressure (which is your average blood pressure), and your resting heart rate. Simply enter your data, and the HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker displays charts showing changes and trends in your blood pressure and heart health.

Healthy Heart 2  (Free)  iOS  For patients at high risk for heart disease, this app lets users track blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol, blood glucose, potassium and meds. Data can be saved for backup, analysis and sharing with doctors and family members. 

Instant Heart Rate (Free) iOS, Android  Turn your phone into a heart rate monitor. By placing your finger over your phone’s camera lens, Instant Heart Rate can track the color changes caused by the light that passes through your finger, thereby measuring your heart rate.

Cardiac Assist ($4.99) iOS Cardiac Assist is specifically designed for Heart Patients to track vitals signs, procedures, appointments, doctors along with patient and family history, and prescriptions and medication history. Useful reference material and daily affirmations are provided that the user can add to or change.

Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. (Free) iOS, Android  F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke. When you can spot the signs, you'll know quickly that you need to call 9-1-1 for help. This is important because the sooner a stroke victim gets to the hospital, the sooner they'll get treatment. And that can make a remarkable difference in their recovery.


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Additional Resources
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Heartbeat (Video)  
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Heart Healthy Diet Information 
A slide show on the signs and causes of heart attack, preparing for emergencies, and preventing heart attacks.
 
 
A blog with James Beckerman, MD
 
 
Interactive Multimedia Presentation on Heart Disease Risk Factors
Is a tool that gives an idea of how risky your heart operation is.  It is important to remember that it only tells you about the risks and not the benefits, and your doctor may be recommending that you have surgery because the benefits outweigh these risks.
Video on how to lower your risk of a heart attack.
A workbook from the Society for Vascular Surgery to help children learn about vascular health. 

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Disclaimer:  The information contained at this website is not intended to replace the care of a primary care physician, specialist, or other professional health care provider.  It is intended solely to complement  that care and is for general informational purposes only.  Any health information found on the Internet should always be discussed with your health care provider.
 
This page is maintained by the librarian at the Wilkes University Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing, a member of the Health Information Library Network of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HILNNEP).   

 
Last updated: February 13, 2015