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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


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 Jun 29, 2015 3:20 PM CDT


Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Unruptured
Intracranial Aneurysms

  • In the general population, unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIAs) are common, discovered in about 3.2% of adults worldwide. The majority of UIAs will never rupture.
  • They are usually discovered incidentally.
  • About 32,000 adults harbor a UIA, and approximately 80 out of that number might present with subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Read the full article in Stroke
Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Jun 18, 2015 4:07 PM CDT
Scientific Sessions 2015

Abstract submissions close on Monday, June 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. CDT (UTC-5).

Posted by Alice Wolke on Jun 12, 2015 4:48 PM CDT


Guidelines for the Management of Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ICH)

  • Spontaneous, non-traumatic ICH carries a very high morbidity and mortality worldwide.
  • This Guideline updates the 2010 version of the AHA/ASA ICH Guideline (Morgenstern, et al).
  • Areas of care addressed within this Guideline are the Emergency Department episode through the Rehabilitation phase.
Read the full article in Stroke
Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on May 28, 2015 3:08 PM CDT


State-of-the-Art Methods for Evaluation of Angiogenesis and Tissue Vascularization

  • Vascular dysfunction is a contributing factor in many diseases, including cardiovascular disease.
  • Although much is known about the biochemistry of neovascularization, translation to clinical therapies is challenging.
  • Development of relevant pre-clinical models is needed to test novel therapeutic strategies.
Read the full article in Circulation Research
Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Apr 30, 2015 3:00 PM CDT


The National Physical Activity Plan: A Call to Action From the American Heart Association

  • Sedentary, inactive lifestyles contribute to cardiovascular disease and overall morbidity and mortality in the United States and worldwide. Americans do not get enough physical activity.
  • The National Physical Activity Plan presents a multi-sector approach to work together to increase physical activity in all segments of the U.S. population.
  • This is a call to action for all American Heart Association volunteers and members to act locally, regionally, and nationally to promote increased physical activity and structured exercise in daily lives.

Read the full article in Circulation

Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Apr 27, 2015 4:31 PM CDT


Revised Jones Criteria for the Diagnosis of Acute Rheumatic Fever

  • This revision reviews the Jones Criteria in the context of current epidemiology.
  • Despite its decline in incidence in Europe and North America, acute rheumatic fever remains a serious healthcare concern for the majority of the world’s population.
  • The updated Jones Criteria reflect the use of Doppler echocardiography to diagnose carditis and define high-risk populations.

Read the full article in Circulation

Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Apr 23, 2015 5:13 PM CDT


Congenital Heart Disease in the Older Adult

  • The number of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) has increased over the last few decades.
  • Many ACHD patients are now over 40 or in the geriatric age group.
  • Caregivers need to be prepared to diagnose, follow, and treat the older adult with congenital heart disease (CHD) and acquired heart disease, as well.

Read the full article in Circulation

Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Apr 20, 2015 3:57 PM CDT


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
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