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The internet is invaluable for getting health information. Your insurance company may have a website with information, and your employer may also have one. If you don't know how to “surf” the web, ask a child or grandchild who does. Your medical advisors can suggest good sites.
You can also develop personal health resources. Your doctor and pharmacist have a wealth of information to help you weigh the options for different treatments. They can direct you to community resources that can support the decisions that you make. They can enlist the efforts of their staff, such as nurses and receptionists, to provide you with written information that you need. Finally, you can always use the phone—call the American Heart Association and ask for information, or call a neighbor whose opinion you respect and get some input.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|