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Peripheral Arterial Disease Sites
Info on other Vascular Diseases
Screening Programs for PAD
General Health Information
Professional Societies
Related Diseases and Risk Factors

Peripheral Arterial Disease Sites

The Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition

Raising public and clinician awareness of PAD

Stay in Circulation: Take Steps to Learn about P.A.D.

The National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute and the P.A.D. Coalition's national campaign Web site

The Merck Manual
Comprehensive information from their online journal.

Understanding Claudication
Patient handout from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Also available in Spanish.

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Info on other Vascular Diseases

Aortic Disease: John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health
Dedicated to promoting knowledge of aortic aneurysm and dissection through research and education.

Aortic Dissection:
A web site created by an aoritic dissection survivor for aortic dissection patients and their families.

Birthmarks: visit the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

Buerger's Disease: visit Johns Hopkins University or The Organization for Rare Diseases

The Fibromuscular Dysplasia Society of America (FMDSA): visit

Lymphedema: visit The National Lymphedema Network

Peripheral Neuropathy: visit

Phlebitis: visit

Prevent Post-Thrombotic Syndrome:

Vasculitis: For comprehensive information visit this John Hopkins University site or the Vasculitis Foundation site. Visit the Merck Manual for info on Polyarteritis nodosa and temporal arteritis.

Venous Disease Coalition: Provides patient and health professional information about venous disease with an emphasis on Venous Thromboembolism or "VTE". Visit for more information.

Wegener's Granulomatosis: visit

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Screening Programs for PAD

For information about PAD screening programs, click here.

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General Health Information

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
Find practical scientific based research on most health care issues.

Find a Health Center
Health Centers provide health and dental care to people with or without health insurance.

Free & Reduced Cost Hill-Burton Facilities
Free & Reduced Cost hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities for those who qualify.
Provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services, features trusted prevention and wellness information and tools. The credible site offers personalized and actionable health information presented in an easy-to-read format. The recently redesigned Quick Guide to Healthy Living includes user-friendly information that can help people learn how to live well and includes over 50 health and prevention topics.

Medline Plus
A consumer health Web site developed by The National Library of MedicineпїЅ (NLMпїЅ) at the National Institutes of Health. It has comprehensive coverage of over 600 health topics.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
News and information on over 1,000 rare diseases.

National Institutes of Health
A collection of health resources and an information index on most diseases.

Health Care Coverage and Prescription Assistance

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Consumer Information on Health Plans
Information on health plans and benefits provided by the United States Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration. Information on the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) as well.

CoverColorado provides health insurance to individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

Cover the Uninsured
Find help and coverage information for your state.

Chronic Disease Fund
Co-pay assistance programs for uninsured patients with chronic diseases, cancer, or other life-altering conditions.

Needy Meds
Find help with the cost of medicine and discount drug cards.

Patient Advocate Foundation
The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who must financially and medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance.

Patient Services Incorporated
Premium and co-pay assistance for the chronically ill.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them.

Medicare Part D Plan (PDP) information
A resource for information related to the Medicare drup program (Part D) and prescription drug plans available to seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries in each state.

Rx Hope
Web-based patient assistance for prescription medication.

Together Rx Access
A free prescription savings program. Find out if you qualify!

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Professional Societies that Offer Patient Information

The American Venous Forum

Society for Vascular Surgery

The Society of Interventional Radiology

University of Utah's Prevent Post-Thrombotic Syndrome Web site:

For more information about professional societies and VDF's partners, click here.

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Related Diseases and Risk Factors

Heart Disease and Stroke

The American Heart Association
Comprehensive guide to all areas of cardiovascular disease including reference guides, a family health section, healthy eating plans and recipes.

For Your Heart

For Your Heart is a simple, interactive Web site that provides women with personalized information and tips on preventing heart disease. Following a brief survey, each woman receives stories on exercise, nutrition, weight loss, smoking, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, menopause, and stroke. These stories are tailored specifically to each woman's race/ethnicity, age, and heart disease risk factors.

Heart Healthy Women

Heart Healthy Women is the online source for the most up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women. The Web site features separate educational sections for women with heart disease and their healthcare providers. Information offered includes: 1) the most important signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease in women; 2) the accuracy of diagnostic tests for women; and 3) the safety and effectiveness of treatments and surgical procedures that are appropriate for women.

Mended Hearts
This Web site offers several methods of support to heart patients, their families and caregivers.

The National Stroke Association
Excellent resource for stroke prevention and a listing of programs.

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The American Diabetes Association
Excellent resource and support for those with diabetes. Sections such as "Recipe of the Day" and tips on exercise and nutrition can be helpful for vascular disease patients.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
This site provides consumer health information for those suffering from diabetes and kidney diseases.  It also provides the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse publications for health professionals and patients.

Diabetes Net
A great source of information and retail products focused exclusively on diabetes.  It is also the home of the online newspaper, Diabetes This Week.

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Footcare / Amputation

Footcare Direct
This site covers many different topics related to footcare and tips for specific ailments.

American Podiatric Medical Association
A good resource for patients on footcare and foot health, with a section for those with diabetic foot problems.

Also, see our comprehensive links on our Amputation Resources page.

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The Hypertension Education Foundation
Informative pamphlets to download.

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Lowering Cholesterol

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
This is a full range of helpful easy-to-read documents on hypertension and vascular diseases.

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Smoking Cessation

This site offers a wide range of support and original resources such as a "Quitting Calendar" and the "Peer-to-Peer" chat line.

The American Cancer Society
Visit this Web site for support with cancer issues, statistics on tobacco use and info on prevention and awareness.

Nicotine Anonymous
This popular and successful twelve step approach to quitting provides on-line pamphlets and a list of meetings.

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