External Resources


The American Association of Tissue Banks is dedicated to ensuring that human tissues intended for transplantation are safe and free of infectious disease, of uniform high quality, and available in quantities sufficient to meet national needs.

The Mission of the American College of Cardiology is to advocate for quality cardiovascular care-through education, research promotion, development and application of standards and guidelines-and to influence health care policy.

The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Visit the AHA website to learn more about heart disease or stroke, how to develop a healthy lifestyle, and how you can embrace the cause.

Chain of Hope exists to provide children suffering from life-threatening disease with the corrective surgery and treatment to which they do not have access. Chain of Hope was formed over fourteen years ago in Paris within the framework of ‘Medicins du Monde’. In 1995 it was expanded to the UK as a registered charity under the initiative of Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub. Since then, hundreds of children have received open-heart surgery and countless more have benefited from early diagnosis and medication.

CTSNet is an online cardiothoracic surgery network dedicated to providing educational and scientific research information to cardiothoracic surgeons, allowing them to advance their skills and stay current with new innovations in the field.

A reference guide for patients and their caregivers who have questions about the heart valve replacement process. Written by a former double heart valve surgery patient, designed to provide support through the entire heart valve surgery process – from diagnosis to recovery.

Mended Hearts is a non-profit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association offering education and support to patients and families facing heart disease.

Donate Life America assists in mobilizing the transplant community to educate the American public on the need for organ, eye and tissue donation and motivating the public to make an actionable donor designation. The organization’s mission is to serve as a national voice and inspire all people to save and enhance lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Support site for patients who have had or will have their lives affected by heart valve replacement surgery.

The Society for Vascular Surgery seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and public awareness. SVS membership is recognized in the vascular community as a mark of professional achievement.