Heart disease is a general term for several conditions affecting the heart muscle and the blood vessels around the heart itself. The most common form of heart disease, coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the major artery supplying blood to the heart muscle becomes blocked, resulting in a heart attack. Other forms of heart disease include hypertension, angina, arrhythmias (uneven heart rhythm), and problems with the heart valves. VA research into heart disease encompasses many aspects of care including access, delivery, prevention, and quality of life.
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(5 of more than 236 HEART DISEASE focused publications)
- Shaikh A, Khan SD, Baloch F, Virani SS, Samad Z. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Coronary Heart Disease: the Next Surge. Current Atherosclerosis Reports. 2023 Sep 1; 25(9):559-569.
- Modin D, Lassen MCH, Claggett B, Johansen ND, Keshtkar-Jahromi M, Skaarup KG, Nealon J, Udell JA, Vardeny O, Solomon SD, Gislason G, Biering-Sørensen T. Influenza vaccination and cardiovascular events in patients with ischaemic heart disease and heart failure: A meta-analysis. European journal of heart failure. 2023 Jun 27.
- Gupta K, Baloch F, Kakar TS, Agarwal H, Rawlley B, Khan UI, Iqbal R, Barolia R, Virani SS. The Pandemic of Coronary Heart Disease in South Asia: What Clinicians Need to Know. Current Atherosclerosis Reports. 2023 Jul 1; 25(7):359-372.
- Robbins JA, Buzkova P, Barzilay JI, Cauley JA, Fink HA, Carbone LD, Chen Z, Stein PK, Elam R, Sheets K, Mukamal KJ. Mortality Following Hip Fracture in Older Adults With and Without Coronary Heart Disease. The American journal of medicine. 2023 Aug 1; 136(8):789-795.e2.
- Li J, Zheng L, Chan KHK, Zou X, Zhang J, Liu J, Zhong Q, Madsen TE, Wu WC, Manson JE, Yu X, Liu S. Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Men and Women. Clinical Chemistry. 2023 Apr 3; 69(4):374-385.
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(5 of more than 97 HEART DISEASE focused publication briefs)
- Individualized Provider Reminders Improve Statin Use and Adherence among Veterans with Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease
This multi-site trial compared usual care to personalized reminders to providers in improving the use of high-intensity statins in Veterans with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Findings showed that centrally processed individualized reminders to providers led to a significant increase in high-intensity statin (HIS) use and statin adherence among Veterans with ASCVD. In the interven...
Date: March 5, 2023
- Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation May Decrease Mortality
This study evaluated all Veterans referred to home-based cardiac rehabilitation (HBCR) at one VA Medical Center and compared outcomes for those who participated in the program and those who did not. Findings showed that Veterans who underwent HBCR had 36% lower risk of mortality after 4 median years of follow-up compared to non-participants, suggesting that participation in HBCR may benefit patien...
Date: March 1, 2023
- Traumatic Brain Injury May Be a Potentially Novel Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease in Veterans
This study sought to determine the association between TBI and subsequent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in post-9/11 era Veterans. Findings showed that post-9/11 Veterans with mild TBI, moderate to severe TBI, and penetrating TBI were more likely to develop CVD compared to Veterans without TBI. Although the risk was highest shortly after injury, TBI remained significantly associated with CVD for ye...
Date: September 6, 2022
- Predictive Tool Associated with 22% Lower Odds of All-Cause Mortality among High-Risk Veterans Taking Opioids
In 2018, VA mandated a case review intervention that targeted patients who had been prescribed opioid analgesics and who were at high risk of adverse outcomes. The Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation (STORM), a provider-facing dashboard that uses predictive analytics to stratify patients prescribed opioids based on their risk for overdose/suicide, was developed to identify these patient...
Date: May 2, 2022
- Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Conditions among Veterans for Up to One Year Following COVID-19 Infection
This study evaluated the risks and 12-month burdens of cardiovascular outcomes among Veterans who survived the first 30 days of COVID compared to VA healthcare users with no COVID and Veterans who used VA healthcare before the COVID pandemic. Findings showed that COVID-19 increased the risk of developing cardiovascular conditions – spanning several categories – within the first month to one year a...
Date: February 7, 2022
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( 5 of more than 12 HEART DISEASE focused projects
|| Mobile Health Strategies for Veterans with Coronary Heart Disease
|| Costs and Outcomes of Chronic Heart Disease Care in the VHA
|| Risk for Heart Disease Among VA Patients Hospitalized for Depression
|| Effects of Patient's Models of Heart Disease on Preventative Behaviors
|| Ethnic Differences - Management of Patients with Ischemic Heart Disease
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Management Briefs eBrief-no46 -- Treatment of Anemia in Patients with Heart Disease
Treatment of Anemia in Patients with Heart Disease...with Heart Disease Anemia is very common in patients with heart disease. About...congestive heart failure (CHF) and 10% to 20% of those with coronary heart disease
Evidence Brief: Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography with Fractional Flow Reserve in Noninvasive Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease - Supplemental Materials
Noninvasive Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease - Supplemental Materials...Noninvasive Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease - Supplemental Materials June 2021...Noninvasive Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease Supplemental Materials Authors: Johanna
...as occurring because of injury or disease that incurred or was aggravated during...history of GI bleeding or peptic ulcer disease diagnosed in the previous year, use
Forum Fall 2017: Role of Nurses in Managing Care
...care for chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, heart failure, hypertension...pulmonary disease. Moreover, many high risk Veterans with chronic disease have multiple...Role of Nurses in Managing Chronic Disease Linda McConnell, MSN, RN, NEA-BC,...care for chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, heart failure, hypertension
Forum Fall 2017: Role of Nurses in Managing Care
...care for chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, heart failure, hypertension...pulmonary disease. Moreover, many high risk Veterans with chronic disease have multiple
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- The VA and DoD agree on a common set of practice guidelines for a specific group of health conditions, including hypertension, which is often a risk factor for heart disease. Learn more about those guidelines here.
- Visit the VA's Office of Research & Development healthcare topic overview section to learn more about milestones in VA heart disease research, read research updates, and download research fact sheets.
- Visit the Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare and learn more about their research into aspects of heart disease.