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Manuals by Allina Health's Patient Education Department

Allina Health's Patient Education Department works with experts to educate patients about their health and medical treatment. Our manuals cover many topics.


Basic Skills for Living with Diabetes

Whether you have just been told that you have diabetes or you've had the disease for years, we can help you manage your diabetes. This manual by the Allina Diabetes Education Council includes what people with diabetes need to know.

Prediabetes: Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Risk Through a Lifestyle of Good Nutrition and Activity

This comprehensive manual can help you understand what prediabetes is, if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, and how to prevent diabetes by making small lifestyle changes.

Heart disease and heart health

Helping Your Heart

The more you know about how your heart works and what you can do to help it work better, the healthier and more in control of your life you'll feel. This award-winning manual can help you do just that.

Heart Failure

Although heart failure cannot be cured, it can be managed through diet, exercise and medicine. That is why Allina experts developed this guide to living and succeeding with heart failure.

Joint replacement

Total Hip Replacement

Is age, injury or disease limiting your ability to walk, climb stairs and do other activities? If so, you may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery. This manual provides advice and information about the procedure including what you can expect before and after surgery.

Total Knee Replacement

If knee discomfort is limiting your ability to participate in activities you enjoy, you may be a candidate for this surgery. This advice and information in this manual can help you decide.

Pregnancy and parenting

Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond

This award-winning guide to pregnancy describes what to expect during pregnancy, how to prepare for labor, what to expect during recovery, and how to care for a newborn. It also includes detailed worksheets, forms, checklists and a resources section.

Gestational Diabetes: When You Have Diabetes during Pregnancy

Unlike other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes lasts only as long as you are pregnant. This manual can help you understand what's happening to your body, how gestational diabetes is affecting you and your baby, and how it can be controlled.

Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5

This guide can help answer your questions about infant / baby care, infections, diseases and allergies, safety precautions and emergencies, well checkups, as well as other issues parents usually face.


Understanding Stroke

If you have had a stroke or are caring for someone who had a stroke, we can help.


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Heart Transplant

This manual gives basic information about having a heart transplant. The goal of the heart transplant is to add years to your life and improve the quality of your life.

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Kidney Transplant

This manual gives basic information about having a kidney transplant and choosing to donate a kidney. The first section is for kidney transplant recipients. The second section is for living kidney donors.

Preparing for Your Hysterectomy

How do you make your surgery a positive and meaningful experience? This manual was developed to: increase your general knowledge of a hysterectomy, help you prepare for surgery and guide you through recovery.

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Surgery: What You Need to Know

This manual can help ease your mind about having an operation by letting you know what to expect before surgery and after surgery.