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Archive for May, 2011
Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Stroke Care: The American Experience


  • Racial and ethnic minorities now constitute 28 percent of the U.S. population, and that number is expected to reach nearly 40 percent by 2030.
  • It is estimated that Hispanic-Americans, the fastest-growing minority group in the U.S., now represent 14 to 15 percent of the U.S. population; African-Americans account for 12 percent; and Asian-Americans and Native Americans represent approximately 7 percent.
  • With the percentage of racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. almost doubling by the year 2050, there is an increasing need to reduce race-ethnic disparities in health care.

    Read the full article in Stroke
Posted by Stacy AHA Science on May 26, 2011 3:22 PM CDT

Implementation Strategies for Improving Survival After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the United States: Consensus Recommendations from the 2009 AHA Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit


  • Why are there large differences in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survival rates across the United States?
  • What is the incidence of OHCA in the United States? A nationwide surveillance is needed.
  • Steps to analyze and improve in a system of care to result in improved outcomes are presented.

Read the full article in Circulation

Posted by Rand Duren on May 16, 2011 4:05 PM CDT

Nontraditional Risk Factors and Biomarkers for Cardiovascular Disease: Mechanistic, Research, and Clinical Considerations for Youth – A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association

  • An up-to-date reference of risk factors and biomarkers for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in children and adolescents
  • What you need to know regarding experimental and clinical evidence, novel processes and implications in pediatric prevention strategies
  • A scientific discussion on the lack of clinical usefulness of nontraditional risk factors and biomarkers in youth

Read the full article in Circulation

Posted by Rand Duren on May 9, 2011 3:03 PM CDT
Indications for Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention in Pediatric Cardiac Disease


  • Cardiac catheterization now has a role in the treatment as well as the diagnosis of pediatric cardiac disease.
  • Cardiac catheterization and intervention are not without risk to patients.
  • Communication among those caring for these patients is paramount to quality care.

    Read the full article in Circulation
Posted by Stacy AHA Science on May 2, 2011 4:53 PM CDT

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