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Future Translational Applications From the Contemporary Genomics Era

  • This scientific statement reviews the steps necessary for converting genetic findings to applications in cardiovascular clinical care.
  • Past successes, emerging science, and future expectations are highlighted, as well as resources and timelines for translation.
  • Information presented here promotes transparent expectations of the steps, resources, and time necessary to reach clinical advances.

Read the full article in Circulation

Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Apr 16, 2015 3:30 PM CDT


Workplace Wellness Recognition for Optimizing Workplace Health

  • The American Heart Association (AHA) released new recommendations to address gaps in common standards around comprehensive workplace wellness programs (CWWPs).
  • The recommendations improve the design, measurement, and recognition of CWWPs.
  • If adopted by employers, improved CWWPs could significantly impact efforts to improve the cardiovascular health of the American workforce.

Read the full article in Circulation

Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Apr 13, 2015 4:20 PM CDT

Heart Failure Management in Skilled Nursing Facilities

  • This statement provides guidance for the management of patients with heart failure who reside in skilled nursing facilities.
  • Heart Failure patients in skilled nursing facilities are typically older and sicker than their counterparts receiving care in a community setting.
  • These new guidelines address the unique issues facing these patients and provide recommendations for their medical management, nursing care, end-of-life issues, device management, exercise, and outcome measures for ensuring quality of care.
Read the full article in Circulation: Heart Failure
Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Apr 8, 2015 11:57 AM CDT
Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Cardiac Transplantation: Emerging Knowledge in Diagnosis and Management
  • Antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) is associated with transplant failure, reduced survival, increased rate of coronary allograft vasculopathy (CAV), and overall poor prognosis.
  • Recent updates to the definition of AMR are expected to reduce variation in the diagnosis of AMR, allowing the development of more standardized therapies.
  • This scientific statement provides an overview of the current diagnosis and treatment of AMR following cardiac transplant and includes recommendations for evolving standardization and future study.

    Read the full article in Circulation
Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Apr 2, 2015 5:51 PM CDT
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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
AHA Science News

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
AHA Science News

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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