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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 210 HEART DISEASE focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 77 HEART DISEASE focused publication briefs)

  • 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
  • Substantial Variation in Cardiovascular Mortality Rates across the VA Healthcare System
    This study sought to determine whether there are substantial differences in cardiovascular outcomes across 138 VA medical centers. Findings showed that there is substantial variation in risk-standardized cardiovascular mortality rates across the VA healthcare system, suggesting differences in the quality of cardiovascular healthcare. Ischemic heart disease (IHD) annual death rates at the VAMC with...
    Date: July 1, 2018
  • Telephone Intervention Improves Cardiovascular Risk Factors
    This study assessed the effectiveness of a health risk assessment (HRA) coupled with a brief health coaching intervention to encourage Veterans to enroll and participate in a cardiovascular risk factor prevention program chosen based on their needs and preferences. Findings showed that brief telephone health coaching increased patient activation and increased enrollment in structured prevention pr...
    Date: May 7, 2018
  • Veterans with Heart Disease More Likely to Participate in Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) When Home-Based CR Program is Available
    This study examined whether the implementation of new home-based cardiac rehabilitation (HBCR) programs is associated with improved cardiac rehabilitation (CR) participation among Veterans. Findings showed that Veterans hospitalized with ischemic heart disease were more likely to participate in CR when a home-based program was available. Implementation of HBCR increased participation from 6% to 25...
    Date: January 22, 2018

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Studies

( 5 of more than 11 HEART DISEASE focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
NRI 15-455 Mobile Health Strategies for Veterans with Coronary Heart Disease Park, Linda 2016-12-01
IIR 14-077 Costs and Outcomes of Chronic Heart Disease Care in the VHA Groeneveld, Peter 2015-02-01
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
VCR 99-014 Implementation of Ischemic Heart Disease Clinical Practice Guidelines Nelson, Audrey 1999-10-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Heart Disease" publications displayed.

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Heart Disease" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
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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