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

Circulation
  • 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
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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

Circulation
  • 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

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

 

Revised Jones Criteria for the Diagnosis of Acute Rheumatic Fever

Circulation
  • 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

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

 

Congenital Heart Disease in the Older Adult

Circulation
  • 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

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

 

Future Translational Applications From the Contemporary Genomics Era

Circulation
  • 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

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

 

Workplace Wellness Recognition for Optimizing Workplace Health

Circulation
  • 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

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

Heart Failure Management in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Circulation
  • 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
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Posted by Kelly Kozakowski on Apr 8, 2015 11:57 AM CDT
Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Cardiac Transplantation: Emerging Knowledge in Diagnosis and Management
Circulation
  • 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.


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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

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  • Serves as an update to the 2007 AHA scientific statement “Treatment of Hypertension in the Prevention and Management of Ischemic Heart Disease.”
  • Summarizes the published data relating to the treatment of hypertension in the prevention and management of coronary artery disease (CAD).
  • Focuses on the epidemiology of hypertension and its treatment in secondary prevention, specifically in the context of CAD.


    Read the full article in Hypertension
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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


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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Feb 9, 2015 3:00 PM CST
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