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Chronic Diseases/Conditions: Heart Disease

Chronic diseases and conditions (i.e., cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and stroke) are prolonged conditions that often do not improve and can have a profound effect on a person's quality of life. Important issues being studied include how to improve chronic disease management, including patient self-management, as well as strategies to improve chronic disease prevention.

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Citations

(5 of more than 206 HEART DISEASE focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 76 HEART DISEASE focused publication briefs)

  • 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
  • Study Compares VA Care to Community Care for Veterans Receiving Elective Coronary Revascularization
    This observational study compared access, quality, and cost of elective coronary revascularization procedures between VA and community care (CC) hospitals. Findings showed that compared to CC hospitals, Veterans who underwent PCI in VA hospitals had lower mortality (1.5% vs. 0.65%), lower costs ($22,025 vs. $15,683), and similar readmission rates. Compared to CC hospitals, Veterans who underwent C...
    Date: January 3, 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 Kagen, David  
Dyer, Edward  
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.
  • Access the Veterans Health Library to find out more information about diabetes or other health conditions.
  • Visit the VA's Office of Research & Development healthcare topic overview section to learn more about milestones in VA cardiovascular disease research, read research updates, and download research fact sheets.
  • Stroke
  • The VA and DoD agree on a common set of practice guidelines for a specific group of health conditions, including hypertension, which is a risk factor for stroke. Learn more about those guidelines here.
  • Access the Veterans Health Library to find out more information about stroke or other health conditions.
  • Visit the HSR&D Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care and learn more about their research into supporting Veterans' rehabilitation after stroke.

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