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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.

Each section below is populated by a search of the HSR website. Search results are generated based on the search term "Heart Disease". Results are updated as new data are available.

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(5 of more than 236 HEART DISEASE focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 99 HEART DISEASE focused publication briefs)

  • Wide VA Facility-Level Variation in Anticoagulation for Veterans with Atrial Fibrillation, Including by Race
    This study sought to assess variation in anticoagulant initiation by race across 82 VA facilities. Findings showed that there was large (>28 percentile point) facility-level variation in any anticoagulant and direct oral anticoagulant therapy initiation, overall and by race. Overall unadjusted rates of any anticoagulant therapy ranged from 57% to 87% across facilities; corresponding rates for Blac...
    Date: February 2, 2024
  • Team-Based Palliative Telecare Led to Improved Quality of Life in Veterans with Chronic Lung Disease and Heart Failure
    This clinical trial determined the effect of a nurse and social worker palliative telecare team on quality of life in outpatient Veterans with COPD, heart failure (HF), or interstitial lung disease (ILD) compared to usual care. Findings showed that Veterans who received the palliative telecare team intervention reported significantly improved quality of life at six months compared with Veterans wh...
    Date: January 16, 2024
  • 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

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( 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 2016-12-01
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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The most recent "Heart Disease" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
2/10/2023 HSR&D National Meeting Plenary Session C Research Community, HSR&D  
7/31/2019 Part 1: Microvascular Angina: Where are We? Part 2: 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  
Kansagara, Devan  
Bravata, Dawn  
5/10/2016 Delivering Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation to Veterans Whooley, Mary  

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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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