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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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(5 of more than 203 HEART DISEASE focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 72 HEART DISEASE focused publication briefs)

  • 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
  • Veterans are Commonly Prescribed Statins for Indications Unsupported by Guidelines for Managing High Cholesterol
    This study of new statin prescriptions in the VA healthcare system examined concordance with ATP-III guidelines (in force in 2102) and ACC-AHA guidelines (updated in 2013). Findings showed that Veterans were commonly prescribed statins for indications not supported by either the ATP-III or the ACC-AHA 2013 guidelines. Of Veterans receiving new statins for primary prevention, 48% did not meet ATP I...
    Date: September 19, 2017
  • Maximal Doses of High-Intensity Statins Confer Greatest Survival Advantage for Those with Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease
    This study sought to determine one-year cardiovascular mortality for VA patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease by statin intensity – and to assess whether any differences in mortality related to statin intensity, if present, were observed in selected patient sub-groups (i.e., age, gender). Findings showed that high-intensity statins conferred a small but significant survival advantag...
    Date: November 9, 2016
  • VA Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care Quality Comparable between Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers
    This study assessed the effectiveness of diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) care provided to Veterans in VA primary care by advanced practice providers (APPs) compared to physicians. Findings showed that the quality of diabetes and CVD care delivered in VA primary care settings was mostly comparable between physicians and APPs. However, a majority of Veterans with diabetes and CVD – irrespe...
    Date: November 1, 2016
  • Incorporating Health Status into Routine Care
    This article describes the early efforts of VA’s Patient Reported Health Status Assessment (PROST) system to capture, report, and initiate clinical action in response to patient-reported health status measures, thereby improving the value of care delivered to Veterans undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention. Findings suggest that refocusing performance measures on health outcomes th...
    Date: August 2, 2016

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( 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.

  • Treatment of Anemia in Patients with Heart Disease
    ...Treatment of Anemia in Patients with Heart Disease Treatment of Anemia in Patients with Heart Disease Subscribe to the ESP Report RSS feed Principal...

  • Improving the Health and Care for Veterans with Cardiovascular Disease
    ...disease, can include heart attack, ischemic stroke, heart failure (HF), arrhythmia, and heart valve problems. Heart disease is the leading cause...

  • HSR&D Impacts
    ...of VA hospice programs. Final Report. February, 1998. Report Number MRR 97-004. MRR 97-004 Chronic Diseases Heart Disease Study highlights need...

  • HSR&D Impacts
    ...including depression, circulation problems, arthritis, heart disease, prostate disease, and incontinence. VA benefits greatly from home-based,...

  • Management Briefs
    ...and harms of treatments for anemia among patients with heart disease, in particular, chronic heart failure or coronary heart disease (i.e., acute...

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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  
Freeman, Michele  
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.
  • 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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