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New Open Access Journal NOW LIVE!

revised JAHA ad imageThe AHA continues to set the gold standard for publishing cardiology and stroke research with the introduction of a new online-only, peer-reviewed, Open Access publication to its portfolio of 11 scientific journals. Welcome JAHA — Journal of the American Heart Association!



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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Feb 22, 2012 11:13 AM CST
Call to Action – Women and Peripheral Artery Disease

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  • Promotes vascular review of symptoms in women
  • Recommendations provided to improve clinical practice
  • Contemporary NHLBI data reflect PAD rates similar in men and women
 
Read the full article in Circulation
Circulation. 2012: published online before print February 15, 2012, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e31824c39ba.

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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Feb 15, 2012 3:19 PM CST
The Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism (NPAM) promotes the expansion and exchange of knowledge on nutrition, physical activity, obesity and diabetes.  It promotes basic research in these areas and clinical studies to develop approaches for prevention and treatment of CHD and stroke.  It also develops advisories and educational materials used by providers in all areas of cardiovascular disease. Science subcommittees include nutrition, physical activity, obesity, diabetes, and behavior change.

We look forward to seeing you March 13-16 at the Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions in San Diego, Calif. Register for EPI/NPAM today! 

Look who’s talking about nutrition, physical activity, and metabolism.


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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Feb 13, 2012 4:49 PM CST

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The mission of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences is to improve understanding of mechanisms of basic cardiovascular regulation to support the development of new therapies and insights into clinical cardiovascular disease. Special emphasis is placed on integrating molecular/cellular and physiological approaches to address problems relating to functional genomics, cell signaling, myocardial biology, circulatory physiology, pathophysiology and peripheral vascular disease. The council plays a major role in linking basic science to clinical science and is concerned with advancing and applying knowledge derived from basic science to the patient.

Annually AHA asks all of its Councils and science groups what in their estimation have been the most important advances in their respective fields within the past year.  We have pulled out of all of those suggestions the ones that came from or are relevant to our community. Several studies this year brought the future of medicine closer to the present with new insight into emerging technologies. These studies evaluate the role of stem cells in cardiac repair and their ability to differentiate into cardiac myocytes and the ability of the heart to replace and regenerate myocytes on its own.  The findings from stem cell therapy have been shown to improve quality of life and survival in patients with chronic heart failure and support the development of future cell-based therapeutics.  

 

BCVS chairMark Sussman, PhD, FAHA, is the Chair of the BCVS Council.  He is the Distinguished Professor of Biology at the SDSU Heart Institute, San Diego State University in the Department of Biology.   BCVS_Koch_WalterWalter Koch, PhD, FAHA, is the Vice Chair of the BCVS Council.  He is the W.W. Smith Professor of Cardiology at the Center for Translational Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.

 


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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Feb 10, 2012 3:07 PM CST
The Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) seeks to integrate the academic and clinical missions of all interdisciplinary vascular health professionals in order to expand professional and public vascular education; to advance the basic science and clinical research and evidence based practice; and to thereby improve clinical outcomes of individuals with PVD.

Annually AHA asks all of its Councils and science groups what in their estimation have been the most important advances in their respective fields within the past year.  We have pulled out of all of those suggestions the ones that came from or are relevant to our community. Several studies this year brought the future of medicine closer to the present with new insight into emerging technologies. These advances and their potential to impact peripheral vascular disease and the patient are listed in the table below.

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Mary M. McDermott MD, FAHA, is the Chair of the PVD Council. She is also Professor of Medicine Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Contributing Editor for JAMA.





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Michael Conte, MD, FAHA, is Vice Chair of the PVD Council.  He is also Professor and Chief, University of California, San Francisco, Division of Vascular Surgery.




Top PVD Advances for 2011
 
  Ultrasonic plaque echolucency and emboli signals predict stroke in asymptomatic carotid stenosis.
This paper contributed to the recognition that 90% of patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis would be better off with medical therapy, and the 10% who could benefit from endarterectomy or stenting can be identified by two or more microemboli on transcranial Doppler, or the presence of multiple ulcers on 3D ultrasound, or a combination of microemboli on TCD with echolucent plaques.

Topakian R, King A, Kwon SU, Schaafsma A, Shipley M, Markus HS; ACES Investigators. Neurology. 2011 Aug 23;77(8):751-8. Epub 2011 Aug  17. PubMed PMID: 21849657.
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2 High-risk asymptomatic carotid stenosis: ulceration on 3D ultrasound vs TCD microemboli.
Patients undergoing CABG do not need their asymptomatic carotid stenosis dealt with preoperatively or intraoperatively.

Madani A, Beletsky V, Tamayo A, Munoz C, Spence JD. Neurology. 2011Aug 23;77(8):744-50. Epub 2011 Aug 17.
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3 Efficacy of quantified home-based exercise and supervised exercise in patients with intermittent claudication:  A randomized controlled trial.
A home-based exercise program, quantified with a step activity monitor, has high adherence and is efficacious in improving claudication measures similar to a standard supervised exercise program.

Gardner AW et al. Circulation 2011;123:491-498.
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4 Paclitaxel-Eluting Stents Show Superiority to Balloon Angioplasty and Bare Metal Stents in Femoropopliteal Disease.
This represents the first positive trial of drug eluting stents in the peripheral vasculature.

Michael D. Dake, MD; Gary M. Ansel, MD; Michael R. Jaff, DO; et al. Circ Cardiovasc Interv published online September 27, 2011.
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5 Effect of fibroblast growth factor NV1FGF on amputation and death: a randomised placebo-controlled trial of gene therapy in critical limb ischaemia.
The negative results show the challenges faced by the development of single genes programs that could result in therapeutic angiogenesis leading to the prevention of limb amputations.

Jill Belch, William R Hiatt, Iris Baumgartner, I Vickie Driver, Sigrid Nikol, Lars Norgren, Eric Van Belle, on behalf of the TAMARIS Committees and Investigators Lancet 2011; 377: 1929–37.
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Posted by Stacy AHA Science on Feb 9, 2012 4:18 PM CST
Feb. 2, 2012  |  2-3:30 p.m.
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Apixaban Compared with Warfarin in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and Prior Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack
 

J. Donald Easton, MD, FAHA
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
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Posted by Alyson PON Editor on Feb 2, 2012 6:40 PM CST

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