Medical Advice

Updated:Oct 25,2012

AHA Legal Position

American Heart Association staff members do not give personal medical advice or answer personal medical questions.

Qualified staff members in the Office of Science Operations at our National Center can answer scientific questions. National Center, affiliate and division staff are allowed to offer the Association's official policy or statement about a given medical issue.

The Association cannot make referrals to physicians, cardiac surgeons, nurses, physicians assistants, nutritionists, physical therapists or occupational therapists. We can't maintain current information on whether such persons meet professional criteria across the wide variety of medical disciplines and geographic regions. Nor can we know enough about an individual's medical history, healthcare needs, financial or insurance situation to make proper referrals. You can get such information from your local medical association or society.

Our association does not provide recommendations to individuals seeking healthcare sites, health maintenance organizations, hospitals, clinics or cardiac rehabilitation centers. We can't maintain current information on whether such places around the country meet accepted medical standards. Nor can we know enough about an individual's personal medical history, healthcare needs, financial or insurance situation to make proper referrals. You can get such information from your local health department or medical association or society.

We also do not provide testimony or legal opinions to litigants in medical malpractice cases.