Perspectives| Volume 23, ISSUE 11, P809-812, November 2017

Social Media Platforms and Heart Failure


      • Internet use and social media are widespread throughout society; however their application toward patients with heart failure is unknown.
      • Data from our own Mayo Clinic Social Media experience show that Facebook and Youtube might be most efficacious in patients with HF.


      With the pervasive use of the internet and social media, the potential applicability toward patients with heart failure (HF) remains understudied. Here, we outline the general use of social media and some early work with the use of social media as well as data from our own Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media experience. Both enterprise-wide social media data as well as those specific to HF-related pages and posts appear to support the preferential use of Facebook and Youtube for potential benefit in patients with HF. Large-scale prospective studies are needed to confirm these anecdotal results, and to ensure we can optimally, yet safely, engage our patients with HF to improve their care.

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