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Heart Disease

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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Citations

(5 of more than 213 HEART DISEASE focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 80 HEART DISEASE focused publication briefs)

  • 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
  • Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Reduces Suicidal Ideation among Veterans with Chronic Illness
    Brief cognitive behavioral therapy (bCBT) intervention delivered by VA mental health providers in primary care settings is effective for depression, anxiety, and improves physical health quality of life. Investigators in the current study determined the effect of bCBT on suicidal ideation among Veterans with cardiopulmonary chronic illness receiving mental health treatment in a VA primary care set...
    Date: February 8, 2019
  • Underuse of Statins among Veterans with Hypercholesterolemia
    This study sought to examine the prevalence and treatment of Veterans with uncontrolled severe hypercholesterolemia who received VA healthcare. Findings showed a marked underuse of statins in Veterans with uncontrolled severe hypercholesterolemia. Within six months of this abnormal lab value, only 52% were being treated with statins, and less than 10% were on high-intensity statin therapy as recom...
    Date: September 1, 2018
  • Echocardiography Testing Can Be Redesigned to Answer Focused Diagnostic Questions While Reducing Costs
    In 2006, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (PAVA) added an alternative to the standard transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE; cost= $240) that evaluated only the left ventricle (LV-TTE; cost = $60). Evaluation of left ventricular ejection fraction is one of the most common indications for a TTE. Investigators in this study evaluated the use of this new option and its association with the overall use...
    Date: July 23, 2018

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Studies

( 5 of more than 12 HEART DISEASE focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
NRI 15-455 Mobile Health Strategies for Veterans with Coronary Heart Disease Park, Linda 2017-12-01
IIR 14-077 Costs and Outcomes of Chronic Heart Disease Care in the VHA Groeneveld, Peter 2015-02-01
CDA 07-024 Risk for Heart Disease Among VA Patients Hospitalized for Depression Scherrer, Jeffrey 2008-04-01
NRI 05-218 Effects of Patient's Models of Heart Disease on Preventative Behaviors Wakefield, Bonnie 2007-04-01
ECV 97-082 Ethnic Differences - Management of Patients with Ischemic Heart Disease Siminoff, Laura 1999-10-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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Topic Spotlight

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Heart Disease" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
7/31/2019 Part 1: Microvascular Angina: Where are We? Part2: The Primary Prevention of ASCVD: What’s New in the Guidelines? Nguyen, Kim-Lien  
Ziaeian, Boback  
5/21/2018 Comparing Antithrombotic Strategies after Bioprosthetic Aortic Valve Replacement: A Systematic Review Papak, Joel  
Bravata, Dawn  
Kansagara, Devan  
5/10/2016 Delivering Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation to Veterans Whooley, Mary  
4/22/2013 QUERI Implementation Studies to Improve Quality and Safety in the Cath Lab Bryson, Christopher  
Tsai, Thomas  
4/16/2012 Treatment of Anemia in Patients with Heart Disease Dyer, Edward  
Kagen, David  
Kansagara, Devan  

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Videos


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Podcasts


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Other Resources

  • 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.

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