Terms and Conditions of Use
HolisticHeartHealth.com was created by three actively practicing heart
specialists to serve those interested in improving heart health through
the use of a holistic approach coupled with traditional medicine.
Thousands of hours and years of experience have gone into the research
and development of the content provided in this Web site. We hope
that you find the information of benefit to you regardless of whether
you are a patient, loved-one, care-giver, physician, nurse or holistic
health care provider. Please contact us with your comments and any
suggestions you may have for improving our Web site.
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- To improve heart health by providing the best knowledge available
in the fields of holistic therapies and their role in collaboration
with traditional cardiovascular medicine.
- To create a source for information on holistic heart health
that is medically researched and objective in its presentation.
- To provide this information in a usable and understandable
- To continually update our site with the latest research findings
and topics of interest to our users.
- To create a community in which those interested in improving
heart health through the use of holistic therapies will share
ideas and their experiences.
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Adrian K. Almquist, M.D.
Dr. Almquist is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist with Minneapolis Cardiology Associates at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. He is the director of their pacemaker department. Dr. Almquist has been at the Minneapolis Heart Institute for over a decade and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is also an instructor for the cardiovascular division, department of medicine at the University of Minnesota. He received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and has particular research interests in pacemaker and ICD clinical trials, the use of antiarrhythmics versus ICDs and the implementation of holistic therapies for improved cardiac patient outcomes.
David G. Hurrell, MD
Dr. Hurrell is a senior consulting cardiologist with Minneapolis Cardiology Associates at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. There, he is the co-director of nuclear cardiology. He received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School. Dr. Hurrell performed his fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and his internship/residency at Beth Israel Hospital at the Harvard Medical School. He is also an instructor for the cardiovascular division, department of medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hurrell has had over 25 articles and abstracts published in the medical literature. He serves on the cardiovascular integrative therapies steering committee of Abbott Northwestern Hospital with the Minneapolis Heart Institute.
Vibhu R. Kshettry, MD
Dr. Kshettry is a cardiovascular, thoracic and transplant surgeon with Minneapolis Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Consultants at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. He is the director of their cardiovascular integrated health services. Prior to this he held several academic positions at the University of Minnesota Medical School, including assistant professor of surgery; director, circulatory assist program; and surgical director, lung and heart-lung transplantation program. He received his medical degree in India and performed his residency in the U.K. and the U.S. Dr. Kshettry has been involved in over 20 research projects, written more than 100 articles, abstracts and book chapters, and has been featured in seven educational surgical videotapes.
Jan Becker, M.B.A.
Jan Becker is a consultant providing marketing and business development experience to Holistic Heart Health. She has more than thirteen years of experience working in the medical industry. Her background includes upper management level positions with Boston Scientific's SCIMED, Augustine Medical, Inc. and Medtronic, Inc. Her accomplishments include launching over 20 new products in the medical device field. She continues to expand her areas of expertise into the world of e-commerce and health care related services.
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Felicia Busch, M.P.H., R.D., F.A.D.A.
Felicia Busch is the Author of The New Nutrition from Antioxidants to Zucchini, published in 2000. This guide contains the latest information on the best foods for optimal nutrition, vitamins and minerals, and herbal supplements in all facets of health. She is a noted nutrition expert and writes for a variety of newsletters, magazines and newspapers. She has also appeared on radio and TV. She is a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
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Holistic Heart HealthSM TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE
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the foregoing terms and conditions.
| USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
HHH holds the confidentiality of its Web site visitors in the highest
regard. Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to
provide you, the user, with a customized experience on our site. HHH
conducts internal research on demographics, interests and behaviors
based on the information provided during registration for My Holistic
Heart, when you contact us directly and from our server log files.
We do this to better understand and serve our users.
Personally identifiable medical information provided via the Web site
is not provided to other parties. HHH will not disclose your personally
identifiable health information to third parties except where we have
your permission or under special circumstances such as, but not limited
to, when there is a situation that the law requires it.
HHH gives you the opportunity to receive information about new articles
and other items from HHH, as well as communications on behalf of third
parties who offer products and services that we think might be of
interest or value to you. If you do not want us to send you this information,
you may contact us and tell
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HHH does not collect personally identifiable information from any
person we actually know is a child under the age of 13.
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are severable, and in the event any provision hereof is determined
to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability
shall not in any way affect the validity or enforceability of the
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| At Holistic Heart Health, Inc. ("HHH"),
your privacy is important to us. We understand that your health is
a personal and private matter, and we want you to feel comfortable
provide you with the details on what information we collect, how we
protect it, and what options you have regarding how that information
is used. We urge you to read the following information so that you
will understand our commitment to you and your privacy, and how you
can participate in that commitment.
information that HHH collects when you are on the HHH Site, and when
you use HHH's services. This policy does not apply to the practices
of companies that HHH does not own or control, or to people that HHH
does not employ or manage. Additionally, any information (including
personal and/or medical information) that you reveal in a public forum
(such as a bulletin board, mail list, chat room) is not protected
What kind of personal information do we collect?
Is your personal information released to third parties?
Cookies and IP Addresses
What are your privacy options?
How can you update your personal information and contact
Holistic Heart Health?
What kind of personal information
do we collect?
1) We collect personally identifiable information,
that you provide to us, when you create your My Holistic Heart file,
when you take the risk assessment Holistic Heart Profile and when
you use certain HHH services. Once you become a member with HHH
and sign in to our services, you are not anonymous to us.
The information we collect in My Holistic Heart includes:
Year of Birth
An asterisk (*) indicates required information.
All other information is optional. The information we collect in
the Holistic Heart Risk Profile includes:
Year of Birth*
A variety of health related questions need to be answered in order
to provide a useful assessment (some are required, some are not).
The more information you volunteer (and the more accurate it is),
the better we are able to customize your experience. See the risk
assessment for full details.
The only personally identifiable information HHH obtains about individual
visitors to its Web site is that supplied voluntarily by visitors.
In cases when HHH may need personal information to provide visitors
with customized content or to inform them about new features or
services, visitors are explicitly asked for that information.
2) When you send an article to a friend or when you tell a friend
about HHH, we ask for your e-mail address and that of your recipient.
That information will only be used if there are transmission errors
and to let the recipient know who sent the story. We may follow
up with an e-mail inviting your friend to visit HHH, but with no
other offers or promotions. We do not sell or reuse the address
in any other way.
connection and make your visit to HHH easier. "Cookies"
are small computer files used by a Web site to deliver data to your
hard drive. Cookies "remember" information and are there
to improve your experience on our site.
HHH also automatically receives and records information on our server
logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information
and the page you requested.
Is your personal information released
to third parties?
HHH will not disclose to unaffiliated companies any information we
gather from you that could be used to identify or contact you ("Personal
Information"). Any Personal Information provided to entities
affiliated with HHH will be treated in accordance with the terms of
In the following limited circumstances we will consider, and may release,
Personal Information to third parties: (1) to comply with valid legal
requirements such as law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or
court order; or (2) in special cases, such as physical threat to you
or others. We also provide Personal Information to our affiliates
where it is necessary for them to provide us with products and services
related to better operation and maintenance of our Web site. We will
attempt to require that each of these affiliates not further use or
disclose your Personal Information for any purpose other than providing
you or us with products and services. Of course, we cannot guarantee
their compliance with these restrictions.
HHH may provide third parties with some general demographics on visitors
to our site that does not allow you to be personally identified or
contacted ("Aggregate Information").
Cookies and IP Addresses
to retrieve personal information from your computer.
Our site places a text file called a "cookie" in the browser
files of your computer. Cookies are pieces of information that a Web
site transfers to an individual's hard disk for record keeping purposes.
specific to your interests. Cookies allow us to avoid showing you
the same ad or other message repeatedly. Our cookies do not contain
personal information. They do enable HHH to relate your use of the
site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided
to our site.
Most browsers can be set to reject all cookies. Most browsers offer
assistance and instructions on how to reset the browser to reject
cookies in the "HELP" section of the toolbar. If you reject
our cookie, certain of the functions and services of the HHH Site
may not work properly.
All computers and servers on the Internet use IP addresses to recognize
and communicate with each other. Collecting IP addresses allows us
to administer and analyze our site and report non-personal information
(such as how many members we have) to sponsors and/or content providers.
When you call up a HHH Site page on your computer, HHH's servers enter
the IP address of that computer into a log. To maintain our users'
anonymity, HHH does not associate IP addresses with records containing
In order to provide visitors with greater value, HHH may provide links
to various third party Web sites through the HHH Site. However, even
if a third-party affiliation exists between HHH and that destination
site, HHH exercises no authority over linked sites, each of which
maintains independent privacy and data collection policies and procedures.
HHH assumes no responsibility or liability for these independent methods
or actions and is not responsible for the independent policies or
procedures of destination sites. Similarly, HHH cannot take responsibility
for the privacy initiatives or the content of such Web sites. These
destination links are provided only for your convenience, and as such,
you access them at your own risk. However, HHH wishes to ensure the
integrity of the HHH Site and its destination links, so any comments
pertaining to the HHH Site or any sites accessed through the HHH Site
links are greatly appreciated.
What are your privacy options?
When you create your personal file in My Holistic Heart, you will
be given the option of receiving newsletters, e-mail updates and other
offerings from HHH. You may choose not to receive these e-mails at
the time you provide the information or by changing your preferences.
How can you update your personal
information and contact Holistic Heart Health?
You can contact us if you need to delete your Personal Information
from our systems, update your Personal Information, or change your
e-mail preferences by e-mailing us at contactus@HolisticHeartHealth.com
You can send mail to the following postal address:
Holistic Heart Health, Inc.
Please note that it may not be technologically possible
to remove each and every record of the information you have provided
HHH from our servers.
PO Box 2101
Maple Grove, MN 55311-9998
You are responsible for reviewing this policy periodically and being
aware of any changes.
of the HHH Site.