• Patient Resources

    Perhaps you've had a heart attack and want to reduce the chance of it happening again. Maybe you want to know the risk factors and identify lifestyle changes that will improve your heart health.

    These resource pages can help you live a heart-healthy life. We invite you to check back often as we update this information.

  • Heart to Heart support group

    heart-to-heart-iconHeart to Heart is a patient support group for patients and families who have undergone a heart transplant or implantation of an artificial heart or ventricular assist device. Our goal is to provide holistic care for each patient (and caregivers) to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs in all phases of their care.  

    The support group, which meets each month, includes cardiothoracic surgeons, transplant cardiologists, heart transplant coordinators, a chaplain, social worker, dietician and nurses who provide care to these patients every day. 

    For more information, please contact Tammy Halcomb at tfha222@uky.edu or visit our Facebook page: University of Kentucky Heart to Heart Support Group.

    For information about the UK HealthCare Cardiothoracic Transplant / VAD Support Group contact Donna Dennis at donna.dennis@uky.edu or visit our Facebook page.

    Find more information and support

    American College of Cardiology

    National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Information Center

    Kerrington's Heart

    It's My Heart

    Mended Hearts

  • Cost of Smoking Calculator

    There isn't much good that can be said about smoking. Now, on a positive note, do you know how much money you can save if you quit smoking today?

    Target Heart Rate Calculator

    Your target heart rate is the range at which sustained physical activity - running, cycling, swimming laps, or any other aerobic exercise - is considered safe and effective.

    Heart Disease Prevention Quiz

    Answer this one: Why is lack of regular exercise a major risk factor for heart disease?

    Heart Disease Risk Quiz

    Knowing what causes heart disease and how you can prevent it can help you live a healthier, longer life.

    Heart Health Quiz

    Heart-attack deaths have fallen 60 percent in four decades. Still, millions of Americans suffer from cardiovascular diseases linked with heart attacks and strokes.

    Heart Quiz for Women Only

    As a woman, do you know what your risk is for developing heart disease? You might be surprised. Take this quiz, based on information from the American Heart Association, and see how much you know about heart disease in women.

    Coronary Artery Disease Assessment

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women. Determine your risk for developing CAD using this assessment tool.

  • Heart Rate Calculator

    Your Age: years

    Your Minimum Heart Rate: beats/minute

    Your Maximum Heart Rate: beats/minute

    Your Target Heart Rate (THR) is the range between these two numbers.