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NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

The primary responsibility of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is the scientific investigation of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases. NHLBI oversees resources and research, demonstration, prevention, education, control, and sleep disorders and training activities in these fields. The program emphasizes the prevention and control of heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders, and education concerning these diseases through more rapid transfer of knowledge into the mainstream of clinical medicine and personal health practices. Inquiries related to high blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, and blood diseases, as well as any information requests associated with cardiovascular disease prevention and heart-health promotion are handled by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center.

Review Date: July 14, 2011

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American College of Phlebology

The American College of Phlebology (formerly the North American Society of Phlebology) was founded in 1985. It has grown to be the largest phlebology society in the United States with over 900 members. Members come from more than 30 countries with speciality backgrounds including dermatology, surgery, plastic surgery, gynecology, and family practice as well as phlebology. The ACP is a member of the International Union of Phlebology. The mission of the ACP is to improve the standards of practice and patient care related to venous disorders. The ACP sponsors international congresses, regional symposia, fellowship grants, research awards, and publishes phlebology papers in Dermatologic Surgery.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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American Venous Forum

The American Venous Forum (AVF) is an international consortium of venous and lymphatic specialists dedicated to improving patient care. AVF promotes venous and lymphatic health through innovative research, education and technology.

Review Date: September 26, 2011

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APS Foundation of America, Inc.

APS is an abbreviation for Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome. APS is also called APLS or APLA in the United States and Hughes Syndrome or Sticky Blood in the UK. APS is associated with recurrent clotting events (thrombosis) including premature stroke, repeated miscarriages, phlebitis, venous thrombosis (clot in the vein) and pulmonary thromboembolism (blockage of an artery found in the lung due to a clot that has traveled from a vein). It is also associated with low platelet or blood elements that prevent bleeding. Recently, however, even more disease states have been linked with APL including premature heart attack, migraine headaches, various cardiac valvular abnormalities, skin lesions, abnormal movement/chorea, diseases that mimic multiple sclerosis, vascular diseases of the eye that can lead to visual loss and blindness. Founded in 2005, the APS Foundation of America, Inc. is the leading United States nonprofit health agency dedicated to bringing national awareness to Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS), the major cause of multiple miscarriages, thrombosis, young strokes and heart attacks. We are a volunteer run, community based 501(c)3 non-profit Public Charity organization and is dedicated to fostering and facilitating joint efforts in the areas of education, support, public awareness, research and patient services.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

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Society for Vascular Medicine

The Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology comprises a variety of health professionals working in the field of vascular medicine and vascular technology. The society's mission is to: promote and advance the disciplines of Vascular Medicine and Vascular Biology; stimulate the formation of Vascular Medicine training programs and to foster formal vascular research and educational activities for medical students, residents, and fellows; promulgate standards for post-graduate continuing medical educational criteria; promote the establishment of clinical Center-of-Excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases and to promote optimal standards of care; and provide an advisory role to educational institutions, government agencies, and health care policy makers.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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Society for Vascular Surgery

The Society for Vascular Surgery seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and public awareness.

Review Date: March 11, 2010

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Vascular Disease Foundation

Established in 1998 the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) is a multidisciplinary national public 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on vascular diseases with the sole purpose of providing public education and improving awareness about vascular diseases. The mission of the VDF is to improve health for all by reducing death and disability from vascular disease.

Review Date: April 11, 2011

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