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Treatment of Hypertension in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease



  • CKD is a serious condition that should be considered an equivalent to CHD.
  • CKD is a powerful independent predictor of cardiovascular morbidity, cardiovascular mortality, and all-cause mortality.
  • There is a difference in clinical presentation and electrocardiographic findings in CKD that has implications for correct diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

    Read the full article in Hypertension
    Read the full article in Circulation
Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Mar 31, 2015 3:17 PM CDT
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Secondary Prevention after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

  • Current evidence regarding preventative therapies after surgery
  • Updated recommendations for the use of secondary preventive therapies following CABG
  • Highlighted areas in need of prospectively collected clinical trial data

    Read the full article in Circulation

Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Feb 9, 2015 3:00 PM CST
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Transitions of Care in Heart Failure

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  • Transitions of care interventions and programs are designed to create a smooth, safe and efficient move from hospital to the next care setting.
  • The complexities and barriers of heart failure management at the patient, hospital and healthcare levels are discussed in this statement and how they relate to transitions of care.
  • This statement defines current transitions of care interventions and outcomes and explores the implications and recommendations for research and clinical practice to strengthen patient-centered outcomes.

    Read the full article in Circulation: Heart Failure

Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Jan 20, 2015 5:16 PM CST


Basic Concepts and Potential Applications of Genetics and Genomics for Cardiovascular and Stroke Clinicians:
A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
  • This statement acts as a resource on genetics and genomics for practitioners involved in the care of cardiovascular and stroke patients.
  • While not exhaustive, an overview of the field is included, as well as references to additional educational materials.
  • The document provides recommendations for basic genetics and genomics knowledge with which cardiovascular and stroke clinicians should be familiar.
        Read the full statement in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.
Posted by Alice Wolke on Jan 5, 2015 3:30 PM CST
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Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2015 Update

      The 2015 Update of Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics includes:
  • a new chapter on cardiac arrest,
  • new data on the monitoring and benefits of cardiovascular health in the population,
  • additional information in many chapters on the global CVD and stroke burden, and
  • a new focus on evidence-based approaches to changing behaviors, implementation strategies, and implications of the AHA’s 2020 Impact Goals.

    Read the full article in Circulation

Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Dec 17, 2014 5:13 PM CST
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Primary Prevention Stroke Guidelines


  • Each year about 795,000 strokes occur in the US, with about 610,000 of those being new strokes. Stroke is a leading cause of functional impairment, leaving many disabled.
  • This updated Primary Prevention of Stroke Guideline issues several new recommendations.
  • This guideline summarizes the evidence on established and emerging risk factors for primary prevention of stroke.

    Read the full article in Stroke
Posted by Lyndie Bishop on Oct 29, 2014 10:38 AM CDT
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Approaches to Enhancing Radiation Safety in Cardiovascular Imaging

  • Radiation exposure from medical imaging has increased since 1980.
  • The concept of patient-centered imaging is discussed.
  • Education of the clinician and of the patient is considered to be a key element to enhance radiation safety in medical imaging.

    Read the full article in Circulation
Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Sep 29, 2014 3:18 PM CDT
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Clinical Performance Measures for Adults Hospitalized With Acute Ischemic Stroke

  • At the heart of this document is the notion of “building healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke” through clinical performance measures.
  • There are 691,000 hospitalizations for ischemic stroke each year with in-hospital mortality of 7%.  Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death, leaving stroke a major public health problem.
  • In 2011, the AHA/ASA formed the Stroke Performance Measures Oversight Committee (SPOC) that oversees the development of stroke performance measures for the AHA/ASA.

    Read the full article in Stroke
Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Sep 25, 2014 4:29 PM CDT
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2014 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Patients With Non–ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes (NSTE-ACS)

  • This complete revision of the 2007 guideline includes a new title, "Non–ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes," (NSTE-ACS) and new terminology, reflecting the continuum from unstable angina (UA) to acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
  • Discharge planning, transition of care, and coordination of care is a key focus.
  • Women and older populations are among the special populations considered.
  • Patient and family education includes awareness of risk factors and lifestyle modification among others.

    Read the full article in Circulation
Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Sep 23, 2014 3:11 PM CDT
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The Postthrombotic Syndrome: Evidence-Based Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Strategies

  • a frequent, chronic complication of deep venous thrombosis (DVT - blood clots in ≥1 deep veins, usually of the lower or upper extremities)
  • occurs in a limb previously affected by DVT - DVT affects 1 to 3 of 1000 people in the general population annually.
  • the most common long-term complication of DVT - 20% to 50% of patients with DVT develop PTS sequelae
  • includes a spectrum of symptoms that vary from patient to patient.

    Read the full article in Circulation

Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Sep 22, 2014 6:46 PM CDT
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