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Social Determinants of Risk and Outcomes for Cardiovascular Disease

  • The prevalence of CVD is expected to rise in the US by 10% between 2010 and 2030, and it is argued that this is not explained solely by an aging population.
  • This statement summarizes the current state of knowledge about social factors as they relate to health.
  • Future directions are discussed as it relates to research that may attenuate these factors.

    Read the full article in Circulation
Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Aug 4, 2015 2:28 PM CDT

Transformative Impact of Proteomics on Cardiovascular Health and Disease

  • The American Heart Association (AHA) summarizes advances in proteomics over the past 20 years that have catalyzed the capacity to address the experimental, translational, and clinical implications as applied to cardiovascular health and disease.
  • The statement extends beyond the typical literature review and offers guidance on the use of next-generation proteomics for future scientific discovery in the basic research laboratory and clinical settings.
  • Key successes that have energized the field are delineated in this statement; opportunities for proteomics to drive basic science research, facilitate clinical translation, and established diagnostic and therapeutic healthcare algorithms are discussed.
  • Challenges that remain to be solved before proteomic technologies can be readily translated from scientific discoveries to meaningful advances in cardiovascular care are also addressed.

    Read the full article in Circulation
Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Jul 20, 2015 4:30 PM CDT


2015 AHA/ASA Focused Update of the 2013 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke Regarding Endovascular Treatment

  • This update to the 2013 AIS Guideline provides an update to the management is ischemic stroke for endovascular treatment.
  • The AHA/ASA recommends, in addition to IV rtPA, endovascular treatment with stent retrievers in persons with a large cerebral artery occlusion (M1).
  • Key recommendations are made regarding the use of IV rtPA, endovascular treatment with stent retrievers, imaging and systems of care.
Read the full article in Stroke
Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Jul 20, 2015 1:34 PM CDT

Mark Creager, MD, president of the American Heart Association, interviews BCVS 2015 program co-chairs Anthony Rosenzweig, MD, Åsa Gustafsson, PhD, and David Lefer, PhD about the highlights of the science they have chosen for the meeting in New Orleans and its potential to improve patient care.

Posted by Alice Wolke on Jul 13, 2015 7:07 PM CDT
There is still time to register this weekend for the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2015 Scientific Sessions meeting that starts on Monday, July 13 in New Orleans, LA.


Develop new ideas and collaborations with your cardiovascular peers in this world-class city. BCVS 2015 offers state-of-the-art presentations on fascinating topics from invited speakers from all over the world.

Posted by Alice Wolke on Jul 10, 2015 2:32 PM CDT

Recommendations for Improving and Standardizing Vascular Research on Arterial Stiffness

  • Arterial stiffness is an important clinical measure that can independently predict CVD.
  • Research into arterial stiffness has increased, yet there is an absence of guidance for investigators.
  • Standardized research approaches will advance understanding of the complex role of arterial stiffness in age-related CVD risk.

    Read the full article in Circulation
Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Jul 9, 2015 3:44 PM CDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved sacubitril/valsartan tablets for the treatment of heart failure. The drug has been shown to reduce the rate of cardiovascular death and hospitalization related to heart failure.

FDA News Release new drug to treat heart failure

Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Jul 7, 2015 5:41 PM CDT
  • The American Heart Association (AHA) describes limitations of current simple measures, such as the use of BMI with standard thresholds to identify overweight and obesity, as applied to racial and ethnic minorities.
  • The statement addresses potential measurement alternatives, as well as the diagnosis of obesity based on multiple risk factors, including race and ethnicity.
  • Key recommendations are made for clinical practice, research, and public health for improved identification of obesity and cardiovascular risks in a racially and ethnically diverse population.
Read the full article in Circulation
Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Jul 6, 2015 4:17 PM CDT
Webinar: 2015 Updated Guidelines for Endovascular Treatment of Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke

If you missed the live webinar on June 30, you can still watch it for a fee. Earn CME/CE credit and learn about important updates from the 2015 AHA/ASA Focused Update regarding Endovascular Treatment of the 2013 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke.


Posted by Alice Wolke on Jun 30, 2015 5:03 PM CDT


The American Heart Association Response to the 2015 Institute of Medicine Report on Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

  • The American Heart Association (AHA) supports the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report entitled “Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act (2015).”
  • For decades, the AHA has worked to reduce morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease though the development and dissemination of scientific evidence through guidelines, advocacy initiatives, education programs and quality improvement activities that serve as a foundation for advancing the AHA mission and IOM recommendations to improve cardiac arrest outcomes.
  • The AHA is announcing several new commitments to increase cardiac arrest survival, including providing funding to incentivize data interoperability, actively pursuing philanthropic support for both implementation opportunities and a resuscitation research network, and co-sponsoring a “National Cardiac Arrest Summit.”

    Read the AHA Special Report published on in Circulation
Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Jun 30, 2015 11:35 AM CDT
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