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Referral, Enrollment, and Delivery of Cardiac Rehabilitation/
Secondary Prevention Programs at Clinical Centers and Beyond



 

  • It has been shown that those who participate in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) have lower risk of death and heart attack.
  • CR prevents recurrnce of myocardial infarction, but challenges such as accessibility, referral rates, and insurance coverage make CR underused.
  • Healthcare reform provides an opportunity to integrate CR programs into preventive care. 

    Read the full article in Circulation
    Circulation.  2011: published online before print Nov. 14, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e31823b21e2
 
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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Dec 15, 2011 4:56 PM CST
Heart Disease and Stroke 2012 Statistical Update


 

  • The most up-to-date statistics on heart disease, stroke, other vascular diseases, and their risk factors
  • New information detailing various disorders of heart rhythm
  • Despite decreases in heart disease and stroke mortality, the burden of disease remains high


    Read the full article in Circulation
    Circulation. 2012: published online before print December 15, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e31823ac046
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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Dec 15, 2011 3:21 PM CST
2011 ACCF/AHA Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy


 

  • Compiled consensus on the most important diagnostic modalities and genetic testing tools for the treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • Lists nomenclature distinguishing HCM from other genetic diseases
  • Suggests best practices from providers and institutions in improving quality of care to patients with HCM

    Read the Executive Summary in Circulation
    Circulation. 2011: published online before print November 8, 2011, doi: 10.1161/CIR.0b013e318223e230

    Read the full article in Circulation
    Circulation.  2011: published online before print November 8, 2011, doi: 10.1161/CIR.0b013e318223e2bd
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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Nov 8, 2011 1:28 PM CST

Commentary - The New and Revised 2011 ACCF/AHA PCI and CABG Guidelines: A Revascularization Consensus is at the Heart of the Matter
by Frederick G. Kushner, MD.

The simultaneous publication of these two evidence based practice guidelines, and their uniquely shared revascularization section represents an unprecedented joint effort by cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons... Read the full commentary
 

2011 ACCF/AHA Guideline for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery


 

  • Updates the 2004 ACC/AHA Guideline for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
  • First-time collaboration between two writing groups – CABG and PCI -  for Revascularization Recommendations
  • Addresses which patient to revascularize with which procedure  - CABG or PCI


    Read the Executive Summary in Circulation
    Circulation. 2011, published online before print November 7, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e31823b5fee.

    Read the full article in Circulation
    Circulation. 2011, published online before print November 7, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e31823c074e.

2011 ACCF/AHA/SCAI Guidelines for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention


 

  • Updates the 2007 ACCF/AHA/SCAI Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Guidelines
  • Unique, first-time collaboration between two writing groups on revascularization recommendations
  • Reorganized into intuitive sections on pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural considerations


    Read the Executive Summary in Circulation
    Circulation. 2011, published online before print November 7, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e31823b5fee.

    Read the full article in Circulation
    Circulation. 2011, published online before print November 7, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e31823c074e.
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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Nov 7, 2011 2:01 PM CST
2011 Update: Secondary Prevention and Risk Reduction for Cardiac and Vascular Disease


 

  • Updates the 2006 AHA/ACC Guidelines for Secondary Prevention for Patients With Coronary and Other Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease
  • Intended for patients with established coronary and other atherosclerotic vascular disease


  • Read the full article in Circulation
    Circulation
    2011, published online before print November 3, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e318235eb4d
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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Nov 3, 2011 1:23 PM CDT
Primary Outcomes for Resuscitation Science Studies
A Consensus Statement From the American Heart Association



 

  • The AHA guidelines for the treatment of cardiac arrest are based on high-quality clinical trials, which depend on the selection of a meaningful primary outcome.
  • This consensus statement is intended for researchers, clinicians, reviewers, and regulators in the selection of the most appropriate primary outcome for clinical trials of cardiac arrest therapies.
  • This paper focuses on (1) when after cardiac arrest the measurement time point should occur; (2) what cardiovascular, neurological, and other physiology should be assessed; and (3) the costs associated with various end points.


    Read the full article in Circulation
    Circulation
    2011, published online before print October 3, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e3182340239
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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Oct 3, 2011 3:09 PM CDT
2011 ACCF/AHA Focused Update of the Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease (Updating the 2005 Guideline)


 

  • Revision of the original 2005 ACC/AHA Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
  • Updates lower extremity and abdominal aortic disease, but 21 existing recommendations for Renal and Mesenteric Disease remain valid
  • New recommendation added to provide diagnosis using ankle-brachial index (ABI) score


    Read the full article in Circulation
    Circulation. 2011: published online before print September 29, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e31822e80c3
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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Sep 29, 2011 1:28 PM CDT
Assessing Adiposity


 

  • Reviews the epidemiology of obesity and related comorbidities
  • Discusses some of the challenges and issues associated with assessing adiposity
  • Provides practical recommendations for the clinician with a goal of identifying more ‘at risk’ overweight/obese individuals


    Read the full article in Circulation
    Circulation. 2011: published online before print September 26, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e318233bc6a 
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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Sep 26, 2011 3:22 PM CDT
  • Effective community CVD prevention interventions have been underutilized due to a lack of a coordinated national effort.
  • Million Hearts Initiative is a new Health and Human Services (HHS) effort that aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years and demonstrate to the American people that improving the health system can save lives.
  • Each year there are approximately 2 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States. The campaign is expected to produce a 10 percent reduction in the rate of acute cardiovascular events each year for 5 years resulting in one million heart attack and strokes prevented.


    Read the full article in Circulation
    Circulation. 2011, published online before print Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e3182327084

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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Sep 13, 2011 1:58 PM CDT
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The role of electrical delay (QLV) to predict left ventricular reverse remodeling with cardiac resynchronization therapy   
Michael R. Gold, MD, PhD, Charleston, South Carolina
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Biventricular pacing superior to right ventricular pacing in bradycardia patients with preserved systolic function: two-year results of PACE trial    
Cheuk-Man Yu, MD, FRCP, Hong Kong
Presentation slides
 esc11_shift-echo_tardif-16 SHIFT-Echocardiography 
Selective heart rate reduction with Ivabradine improves left ventricular remodeling and function: insights from the SHIFT-Echocardiography sub-study   
Jean-Claude Tardif, MD, Montreal, Canada
Presentation slides
Posted by Molly AHA Science on Aug 30, 2011 9:56 AM CDT
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Excellent comments , Incidentally , if someone is wanting a DA 31 , my assistant edited a blank document here http://goo.gl/sm5zJK
Looking forward to the new materials and implementing them into our classes.
HI Janet!It looks like the ACLS materials will be available in in Spring 2016. This date could change.http://2015eccguidelines.heart.org/ is a great resource for everything about the new guidelines. One of our distributors, Channing Bete, has an information page about the new guidelines and updated materials that I found very helpful: http://aha...
When can I purchase the 2015 ACLS Manual?
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