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October 07, 2013

Healthcare providers should aggressively treat unhealthy lifestyles

Statement Highlights: Unhealthy habits, such as smoking, poor diet, and being overweight should be treated as aggressively as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. Insurance reimbursement policies need to be improved so that registered dieticians, psychologists and other can become part of the primary practice team.
Varied quality of CPR among EMS, hospitals hurts survival
June 25, 2013

Varied quality of CPR among EMS, hospitals hurts survival

Statement Highlights: The quality of CPR varies among EMS departments and hospitals. Professional rescuers should make changes to their CPR technique based on feedback, patient response and other data. Fast and deep chest compressions with minimal interruptions are critical to high-quality CPR.
June 05, 2013

ACC/AHA Update Guideline for Management of Heart Failure

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2013) — The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association today released an expanded clinical practice guideline for the management of patients with heart failure, updating definitions and classifications for heart failure, and increasing emphasis on patient-centric outcomes such as quality of life, shared decision making, care coordination, transitions, and palliative care.
Costs to treat stroke in America may double by 2030
May 22, 2013

Costs to treat stroke in America may double by 2030

Statement Highlights: Stroke costs are predicted to more than double in the next 20 years. Americans 45-64 years old are expected to have the highest increase in stroke incidence.
May 06, 2013

Understanding a heart patients’ quality of life can improve outcomes

Statement Highlights: The American Heart Association urges healthcare providers to use feedback from patient surveys to personalize care. Patient surveys can help reveal depression, which can significantly worsen cardiovascular health, but is often underdiagnosed despite being common among cardiovascular patients.
People with congenital heart disease need physical activity
April 29, 2013

People with congenital heart disease need physical activity

Statement Highlights: People born with a heart defect need physical activity. Some irregular heart beat conditions may require activity restrictions but for most patients physical activity is unlimited.
Alternative therapies may help lower blood pressure
April 22, 2013

Alternative therapies may help lower blood pressure

Statement Highlights: Alternative therapies such as aerobic exercise, resistance or strength training and isometric hand grip exercises could help people reduce blood pressure. Biofeedback and device-guided slow breathing reduced blood pressure a small amount. Due to their modest effects, alternative therapies can be used with — not as a replacement for — standard treatment.
March 21, 2013

Updated guide to help policy makers, providers fight cardiovascular disease

Statement Highlights: The American Heart Association has compiled recommendations for policy makers and advocates to improve cardiovascular health at the community level. The guide focuses on community interventions to change behaviors such as smoking, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating habits.
February 25, 2013

Targeting CPR education in high-risk neighborhoods could save more lives

Statement Highlights: Targeting CPR education in high-risk neighborhoods could improve cardiac arrest survival rates. Survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest vary widely in the United States, from the lowest of 0.2 percent in Detroit to a high of 16 percent in Seattle. Survival rates are influenced in part by bystanders’ willingness to do CPR.
People having stroke should get therapy within 60 minutes of hospital arrival
January 31, 2013

People having stroke should get therapy within 60 minutes of hospital arrival

Guideline Highlights: Clot-dissolving therapy should be administered to people having acute ischemic stroke within 60 minutes of hospital arrival. The window for clot-dissolving therapy may be extended to 4.5 hours from the start of symptoms for carefully selected patients. Quality improvement programs addressing stroke care should be organized in all stroke centers. The new recommendations replace guidelines issued in 2007.
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