The NHLBI developed the Diseases and Conditions
Index (DCI) for patients and the public. The
DCI contains plain-language health information about diseases, conditions,
tests, and procedures related to the heart, lungs, blood, and sleep.
We continue to add new information to the DCI. When
complete, the DCI will contain information on more than 300 diseases,
conditions, tests, and procedures. Registered users will receive e-mail notices
when new information is added.
The DCI provides users with three ways to find
- A to Z index
- Browse by category (heart, lung, blood, and
The disease and condition articles describe the
topic and its causes, risk factors, and symptoms. These articles also discuss
how the disease or condition is diagnosed, treated, and managed.
The test and procedure articles describe the topic,
who may need the test or procedure, and what to expect before, during, and
after. These articles also discuss what the results of the test or procedure
may show and whether the test or procedure has risks.
You can view each DCI article two ways:
section-by-section or with all sections combined. The section-by-section view
shows each section of an article on a separate page. A menu appears on the left
side of each page. The menu lists each section of an article and provides a
link to it. This allows users to go directly to the section they want.
To view an article with all sections combined, click
the Print All Sections of This Topic option at the bottom of the
article. This option combines all sections into one document for printing,
saving, or mailing to a friend.
We developed the DCI mainly for patients and the
public. If you are a health professional, we hope that you will recommend the
DCI to your patients.
The NHLBI also has information for health
professionals. Health professionals may visit the "Clinical Guidelines"
Information" sections on the NHLBI Web site for appropriate