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Evidence for Stroke Family Caregiver and Dyad Interventions Stroke is a leading cause of severe, long-term disability, and most stroke survivors are cared for by family members within the home. Stress of the caregiver becomes a leading cause of institutionalization of the stroke survivor;... more...
Status of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in Hispanics/Latinos in the United States Hispanics are the largest minority ethnic group in the United States, and their health is vital to the public health of the nation and to achieving the AHA’s 2020 goals. This statement... more...
Emergence of the Primary Pediatric Stroke Center: Impact of the Thrombolysis in Pediatric Stroke Trial Timothy J. Bernard, Michael J. Rivkin, Kelley Scholz, Gabrielle deVeber, Adam Kirton, Joan Cox Gill, Anthony K. Chan, Collin A. Hovinga, Rebecca N. Ichord, James C. Grotta, Lori C. Jordan, Susan Benedict, Neil R. Friedman, Michael M.... more...
Hypertension disorders in pregnancy include gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, and chronic hypertension.  These disorders have been shown to complicate between 6% and 20% of pregnancies. Risk factors for hypertensive disorders include increasing maternal age and greater body mass index at the time of pregnancy. These... more...
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Data indicate that the prevalence of high blood pressure in children and adolescents has been on the rise since 1988, with African-American and Hispanic youths at greater risk. This is especially concerning since children with elevated blood pressure are more likely... more...
Role of Noninvasive Testing in the Clinical Evaluation of Women With Suspected Ischemic Heart Disease Under-treatment and under-testing in women lead to increased complications and to higher case fatalities. Atherosclerotic coronary artery (CAD) disease continues to be... more...
Atherosclerosis is the underlying cause of the majority of clinical cardiovascular events. The fundamental role of epigenetics in the development of atherosclerosis has become increasingly recognized. The following studies investigate novel mechanisms by which epigenetic modifications influence disease progression. more...
This paper provides an overview of the evidence on physical activity and exercise for stroke survivors. Current evidence suggests that stroke survivors have physical deconditioning and lead inactive lifestyles. Read the full article in Stroke [published online ahead of print May 20, 2014]. Stroke.... more...
Evolution of “The Guideline Advantage”: Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of Outpatient Performance Measurement Launched in 2011, The Guideline Advantage (TGA) is a jointly operated program by the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the American... more...
HRS/ACC/AHA Expert Consensus Statement on the Use of ICD Therapy in Patients Who Are Not Included or Not Well Represented in Clinical Trials   The use of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy is a widely accepted and important treatment for patients with... more...
Stakeholder Discussion to Reduce Population-Wide Sodium Intake and Decrease Sodium in the Food Supply Read the full article in Circulation [published online ahead of print Monday, May 5, 2014]. Circulation. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000051.   ... more...
Each year in the United States (US), over 690,000 adults experience an ischemic stroke. Prevention of recurrent stroke is critical. Ischemic stroke causes huge morbidity because of the interaction between the neurological impairment, emotional and social consequences of that impairment, and the high risk for recurrent stroke.... more...
Fetal cardiac medicine has evolved considerably over the past two decades. As technology and expertise advanced, the multidisciplinary specialty of fetal cardiology has emerged. The goal is now to understand the fetus as a patient. Read the full article in Circulation [published... more...
2014 AHA/ACC/HRS Guideline for the Management of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation Updates to the 2011 Focused updates to the 2006 Guidelines and the 2011 focused update including dabigitran. Intended to assist the clinician in the care of patients with atrial fibrillation.... more...
ACC/AHA/SCAI 2014 Health Policy Statement on Structured Reporting for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Structured reporting has a critical importance in invasive procedures. General principles of structured reporting include the use of data, the bi-directional... more...
Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Stroke Palliative care for stroke patients means patient- and family-centric care optimizing quality of life to anticipate, prevent, and treat suffering. Palliative care needs are critical to patients and families with serious or... more...
ACC/AHA Statement on Cost/Value Methodology in Clinical Practice Guidelines and Performance Measures Given accelerating health care costs and the desire to achieve the best value, the time has come to include cost-effectiveness/value assessments and recommendations in practice... more...
Oral.11 Physical Activity/Fitness 61 - Associations of Cardiorespiratory and Musculoskeletal Fitness with Body Mass Index and Waist Circumference: Fitness versus Fatness in a Population-based Sample of Chilean 8th Graders Michael D. Garber | Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA Abstract | Presentation Slides more...
Oral.11 Physical Activity/Fitness 59 - Age-Specific Probabilities of Transitioning between Ideal, Intermediate, and Poor Levels of Physical Activity in the United States: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Katelyn M. Holliday| NIH/ University... more...
Oral.10 Cardiovascular Health in Low and Middle Income Countries Global Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Shanthi Mendis | World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland Presentation Slides more...

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