Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term for several conditions affecting the blood vessels in and around the heart. The most common forms of cardiovascular disease include coronary artery disease and hypertension (high blood pressure). In addition to a direct impact on the heart muscle, CVD can also contribute to stroke, which occurs when something blocks blood supply to part of the brain, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.
VA health services research into CVD encompasses many aspects of care including access, delivery, prevention, and quality of life.
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(5 of more than 299 CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE focused publications)
- Lee MT, Mahtta D, Alam M, Ullah W, Nasir K, Hanif B, Virani SS. Contemporary outcomes studies to identify and mitigate the risk in patients with premature cardiovascular disease. Expert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research. 2021 Feb 17; 1-12.
- Mahtta D, Ramsey D, Krittanawong C, Al Rifai M, Khurram N, Samad Z, Jneid H, Ballantyne C, Petersen LA, Virani SS. Recreational substance use among patients with premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Heart (British Cardiac Society). 2021 Feb 15.
- Jia X, Lee MT, Ramsey DJ, Al Rifai M, Mahtta D, Krittanawong C, Akeroyd JM, Matheny ME, Gobbel G, Stone NJ, Ballantyne CM, Petersen LA, Virani SS. Facility-Level Variation in Reported Statin-Associated Side Effects Among Patients with Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease-Perspective from the Veterans Affair Healthcare System. Cardiovascular drugs and therapy. 2021 Feb 1.
- Al Rifai M, Khalid U, Misra A, Liu J, Nasir K, Cainzos-Achirica M, Mahtta D, Ballantyne CM, Petersen LA, Virani SS. Racial and geographic disparities in influenza vaccination in the U.S. among individuals with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease: Renewed importance in the setting of COVID-19. American journal of preventive cardiology. 2021 Mar 1; 5:100150.
- Navar AM, Wang TY, Li S, Mi X, Li Z, Robinson JG, Virani SS, Peterson ED. Patient-Perceived Versus Actual Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Associated Willingness to Consider and Use Prevention Therapy. Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes. 2021 Jan 13; 14(1):e006548.
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(5 of more than 22 CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE focused publication briefs)
- Many Veterans Unnecessarily Take Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
The goal of this study was to investigate the suitability of electronic health records (EHR) to identify patients for deprescribing aspirin based on updated guidelines. Findings showed that many Veterans unnecessarily take low-dose aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease. Between 2% to 5% of Veterans in this study took low-dose aspirin outside of the guidelines and qualify for the definition of ...
Date: December 15, 2020
- VA HIT-Related Outpatient Diagnostic Delays
This study evaluated the role of health information technology (HIT) in the root cause analyses (RCAs) of outpatient diagnostic delays submitted to the VA National Center for Patient Safety, which leads patient safety initiatives and uses RCAs of adverse events and close calls to promote learning across the VA healthcare system. Findings showed that of the 214 RCAs included in this study, 88 invol...
Date: June 25, 2020
- Cardiovascular Benefits of Intensive Glucose Control in Veterans with Type 2 Diabetes Did Not Persist in Long-term Post-Trial Follow-Up
Long-term follow-up of glucose lowering in patients with type 2 diabetes may help clarify the duration of any potential cardiovascular disease (CVD) benefit. Investigators here report on the full 15-year follow-up of Veterans with type 2 diabetes who were randomly assigned to receive either intensive or standard glucose control as part of the Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial. Findings showed that V...
Date: June 6, 2019
- Cardiovascular Care and Research for Women Veterans
This review presents important information on five areas of cardiovascular disease (CVD) care for women Veterans: 1) rapidly changing demographics; 2) prevalence of traditional risk factors; 3) prevalence of less traditional risk factors (i.e., homelessness, military sexual trauma, and mental health disorders); 4) treatment and outcomes of CVD; and 5) the current state and future directions of wom...
Date: February 19, 2019
- Higher Statin Adherence Associated with Lower Mortality in Veterans with Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease
This analysis sought to determine whether statin adherence is associated with mortality in stable patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Findings showed that higher statin adherence was associated with lower mortality in a national sample of Veterans with ACSVD. Also, ischemic heart disease or stroke hospitalizations in the VA healthcare system were more frequent in Veterans...
Date: February 13, 2019
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( 5 of more than 5 CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE focused projects
|| Developing a Team-Delivered Intervention for Smoking and Hazardous Drinking for Primary Care Veterans with Cardiovascular Diseases
|| Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Women at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
||Developing a Team-Delivered Intervention for Smoking and Hazardous Drinking for Primary Care Veterans with Cardiovascular Diseases
||Developing Benefit-Based Performance Measurement for VHA
||Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Women at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
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