10 Credible Online Health Resources
by Larry Creswell, M.D.
The Internet has revolutionized the way we get information -- whether it’s the news, the weather report or information about our health. But in some sense, there is just too much information. A quick Google search about an athlete’s medical problem typically yields far too many leads to track down. As I see it, the bigger -- and more relevant -- problem is that there is actually too little quality information. Here are my picks for 10 useful online and social media resources for athletes looking for information about heart disease.
2. NY Times Well Blog (well.blogs.nytimes.com, @nytimeswell). This is a great source for short articles from a group of authors about timely health issues. The pieces are newsy and sometimes provocative.
3. Science Daily (sciencedaily.com, @sciencedaily) is “your source for the latest research news.” A broad range of topics is covered, but will never miss important new heart-related or exercise physiology research. These succinct articles often provide practical, unbiased information for athletes.
4. CNN Health (cnn.com/HEALTH, @CNNHealth). Chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, MD (@sanjayguptaCNN), and a large team of reporters cover the whole gamut of health problems. The reporting can sometimes be superficial, but perhaps this is understandable in mass-market reporting. You can count on factually correct information here.
5. WSJ Health Blog (blogs.wsj.com/health/, @WSJHealth, @WSJHealthBlog). The blog is maintained by writers from the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswire. The topics are timely and often give a glimpse into the sometimes hidden worlds of healthcare.
6. Dr. John M (drjohnm.org, @drjohnm) is written by John Mandrola, MD, a cardiologist from Lexington, Kentucky, who specializes in electrophysiology (arrhythmias). He’s also an occasional triathlete and avid cyclist. His Cycling Wednesday posts are often devoted to topics at the intersection of endurance sport and heart disease or physiology. Great reading.
7. Heart Sisters (myheartsisters.org, @HeartSisters) is written by Carolyn Thomas, a 2008 heart attack survivor, and focuses on women and heart disease. She shares down-to-earth, practical information about heart disease, personal stories, as well as new-related items. Her Twitter feed doesn’t miss much important news related to the heart.
8. Eating Academy (eatingacademy.com, @eatlikepete) is written by Peter Attia, MD, a former trainee in surgery. He has a passion for healthy nutrition and writes about the underlying physiology in an accessible way.
10. Cardiac Athletes (cardiacathletes.org.uk) has a terrific forum where athletes can exchange stories related to personal experiences with heart disease.
Larry Creswell, M.D., is a cardiac surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. In addition to his regular column on Endurance Corner, he maintains The Athlete's Heart blog to offer information about athletes and heart disease in an informal way and to encourage exchange and discussion that will help athletes build a heart-healthier lifestyle. You can contact him at email@example.com.