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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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(5 of more than 216 HEART DISEASE focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 89 HEART 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
  • New Tool Using Electronic Health Records Can Reliably Detect Infections after Cardiac Device Procedures
    This study sought to develop and validate an electronic detection tool that accurately and reliably flags cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) cases with true post-procedure cardiac device infection, leveraging the strengths of VA’s electronic health record. Findings showed that combining structured data, such as microbiology results, with text note searches was highly efficient for...
    Date: September 21, 2020
  • Higher Mortality for Veterans Choosing Community Hospitals Rather than VA for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
    This study compared the clinical outcomes of Veterans undergoing elective percutaneous coronary revascularization (PCI) at VA and community hospitals after the significant expansion of the community care program. Findings showed that Veterans receiving elective PCI in the community were at higher risk of dying—especially within the first month—than those treated at a VA medical center. There was a...
    Date: September 1, 2020
  • VA Achieves Reduction in Heart Failure Readmissions – Without Change in Mortality – Despite Non-Financial Incentives
    This study sought to evaluate trends in heart failure readmissions and mortality over the past decade in the VA healthcare system, which prioritized reducing readmissions without introducing financial penalties. Findings showed that over a 10-year period in which VA worked to reduce hospital readmissions for Veterans with heart failure (e.g., through public reporting and QI programs), a steady dec...
    Date: June 17, 2020
  • Palliative Care During VA Hospitalization for Heart Failure Reduces Readmissions and Mechanical Ventilation
    This study examined the association of palliative care during heart failure hospitalizations with transitions (i.e., multiple readmissions or intensive care admissions) and procedures (i.e., mechanical ventilation, pacemaker implantation, or defibrillator implantation) in the six months following hospital admission. Findings showed that palliative care during hospital admissions for heart failure ...
    Date: June 2, 2020

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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 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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The most recent "Heart Disease" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
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  
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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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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