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Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode


HONcode status The health Website
The American Heart Association
is in compliance with the HONcode


Title of the site:The American Heart Association
Web address:http://www.heart.org/conditions
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct517595
Date of initial review: 20 Jul 2011
Validity of certificate12 Dec 2011 - Dec 2013
Date of last visit25 Feb 2014

This certificate confirms the revision of the site by the HONcode Team at the above date.
It respects and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct (HONcode).

* 1. Authoritative   2. Complementarity   3. Privacy   4. Attribution   5. Justifiability   6. Transparency
    7. Financial disclosure   8. Advertising policy



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The Health on the Net (HON) certificate serves as a guarantee that this website, at the date of its certification, complies with and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct as drawn up by the HON foundation.

The responsible of the certified site commits to keep the site in compliance with the HON code principles for the duration of the certification.

Although measures such as a complaint mechanism, the periodical review and the automatic surveillance mechanisms are put in place to guarantee the compliance of the certified website with the ethical principles of HON as much as possible, incidental inaccuracies cannot be completely excluded. In no event the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) can be held liable for any damages resulting from the use or inability to use HON certified websites nor can the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) be held liable for the content of these certified websites, including, but not limited to the information of third-parties or hyperlinks accessible via HON certified websites.

The certified website is responsible for the content of its website, unless otherwise provided by law.

 

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You will find below the elements identified by the HONcode team at a precise date to justify the respect of the 8 ethical principles.

The content of this certificate has been collected and written by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and should not be used without previous permission granted by HON. A request for permission can be sent to: HON.

1. Information must be authoritative
Stories for the Conditions section of the American Heart Association website are produced by a staff of professional writers and editors. The information is obtained through interviews with American Heart Association volunteers who are physicians, other healthcare professionals or experts; and/or compiled from data assembled by the organizationís staff. All stories receive statistical- and science-based reviewed by the American Heart Associationís team of science and medicine advisors. All content is reviewed and published online by our Patient Education Department. (...)The American Heart As...  (06 Dec 2011) - Link

2. Presentation of the site
Mission:
Our mission: To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do.
  (20 Jul 2011) - Link

Audience:
The target audience for the Conditions and Getting Healthy content is the public and people who seek knowledge about various cardiovascular conditions, their relatives, friends and others in their lives who would find this information helpful.
  (06 Dec 2011) - Link

Purpose of the website
This information is designed to help people improve their health, understand heart disease and stroke risks, and learn about specific medical conditions. This information should support readersí health and help them deal with their conditions, but it does not replace the advice of a qualififed health professional who is familiar with an individual's medical needs. Read the American Heart Association Ethics Policy.
  (06 Dec 2011) - Link

3. Confidentiality
Privacy policy
  (20 Jul 2011) - Link

4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
The date of last update and the date of last review of the content is displayed for every article.
 
This content was last reviewed on 6/23/2011.
  (20 Jul 2011) - Link

5. Justification of claims
Only general information on treatment and medication is provided.
The American Heart Association, its Affiliates and Components, and all Officers, Directors, Delegates, Council and Committee members scrupulously shall avoid any conflict between their respective personal, professional or business interests and the interests of the Association, in any and all actions taken by them on behalf of the Association in their respective capacities.
  (20 Jul 2011) - Link

6. User support and adequation
Contact details is provided within the footer on all pages of the site.
Contact us
  (20 Jul 2011) - Link

7. Disclosure of funding sources
The sources of funding are enumerated in detail.
AHA Financial Information
FY 2009-2010
2009-2010 Audited Financial Statements
2009-2010 IRS Form 990
2009-2010 National Center Support from Pharmaceutical Companies and Device Manufacturers and AHA Total Corporate Support
  (20 Jul 2011) - Link

8. Advertising policy
the organization does not accept any form of advertisements on its website.
  (12 Dec 2011) - Link

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