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Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) has compiled several crucial cardiac-related resources and tools below, including those provided by the Million Hearts® initiative. In particular, to allow easy access to the most current Million Hearts materials, HSAG has embedded its microsite, which will open into a separate window. Click on this link microsite or the image below to access it. 

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2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) released its 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.

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AHA Enduring Webinar: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension: Beginning the Conversation

The American Heart Association (AHA) presents, as part of its professional education Spotlight Series, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension: Beginning the Conversation." Using case studies, this webinar identifies opportunities where clinicians can provide better management of...

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AHA Heart Risk Tool Overstates Risk

The most influential American Heart Association (AHA) calculator of the risk of having a heart attack or stroke overstimates the likelihood of those events by 500 percent or more, according to a recent Kaiser study. Many physicians use the tool , meaning that many people may have been needlessly...

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American Heart Association HeartHub™ Video Library

The American Heart Association has compiled patient-friendly videos on heart care, heart disease, and diabetes management.

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Blood Pressure Management

The New England Journal of Medicine has produced a clinical training video demonstrating the proper blood pressure measurement protocol.

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Brain Attack Coalition's Five Stroke Scales

The Brain Attack Coalition has assembled the five stroke scales used to evaluate a stroke patient, immediately or subsequently to experiencing an acute stroke. All scales are available for download. In addition, stroke guidelines are listed, allowing a provider to determine if a patient is experiencing an acute stroke, the stroke's range and severity, and the most effective treatment. They also have summarized the common stroke symptoms, listed as a Stroke Symptoms Guide in their Coalition Initiatives section.

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Cardiac Disease Prevention and Gender Differences

Researchers discovered that women receive less satisfactory preventative cardio health management than men do, and this disparity becomes more dramatic if their doctor is male.

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Cholesterol and Statins Infographic

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created an infographic on cholesterol and statins, educating viewers on the role of cholesterol and how to keep it in check.

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Cholesterol Guide

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health developed a guide to help patients talk to their doctors, pharmacists, or nurses about how to best control cholesterol. This guide lists the different kinds of medicines to control cholesterol. Patients are advised to ask their...

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Cholesterol Resources

Learn about cholesterol and get the resources necessary to prevent or treat high cholesterol at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website. For resources directed exclusively to healthcare workers, visit the American Heart Association to obtain its cholesterol guide toolkit.

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Cholesterol Resources for Professionals

The American Heart Association (AHA) has assembled a toolkit for physicians to tap, including a pocket guide on how to initiate a conversation with patients on cholesterol management, along with guidelines for treating high cholesterol. The AHA also offers downloadable materials such as a referral pad for guiding patients to join Heart360, a waiting room poster, and a quick start guide.

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Daily Exercise May Halve Risk for Heart Failure

Most studies have dealt with the relationship between exercise and heart disease. This unique study addressed exercise and heart failure. This is a Swedish study which looked at 40,000 patients, starting in 1997, who did not have heart failure at study onset. Published in Circulation: Heart Failure...

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Developmental Cause of Cardiac Hypertrophy Discovered

Adult onset of cardiac hypertrophy—a dangerous thickening of the heart muscle that can result in heart failure and death—now has been revealed to have genetic mutations as its cause, according to researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Signaling pathways responsible for heart cell...

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Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)

DASH is a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps creates a heart-healthy eating style for life.

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Disruptive Sleep Patterns Could Raise Heart Disease Risk

A study published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Hypertension, discovered that people who lack adequate sleep or experience disordered sleep cycles may be increasing their chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Those at particular risk include shift workers.

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Familial Hypercholesterolemia Ups Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Research now suggests that patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) bear a dramatic increase in risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). People with FH are more likely to contract ASCVC up to 20 years earlier in men and 30 years...

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FDA Approves First Absorbable Stent for Coronary Artery Disease

On July 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Absorb GT1 Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold System (BVS), the first absorbable stent for coronary artery disease, which releases the drug everolimus to limit the growth of scar tissue and is gradually absorbed by the body in...

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Gender-Related Disparities in Care and Outcomes After Hospitalization for Coronary Artery Disease Among Older Adults

Based on a cohort study of 49,358 patients ages 65 and older, researchers found that women were less likely to receive optimal care and more likely to have higher mortality if they received suboptimal care. In addition, researchers discovered that blacks were more likely to die than whites...

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Gene Protects Women from Heart Disease, Study Finds

Researchers from the University of Southern California have detected a gene variant that decreases the risk of heart disease, but only in women. Those who possess the CPS1 gene had a 12 percent decreased risk for heart disease, but offered no protective effect in men. CPS1 has a strong effect in...

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Home Health Agency Cardiovascular Data Registry Resources

Home Health Quality Improvement has compiled an extensive list of Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry resources for download as a .pdf.

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Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry Guide

Home Health Quality Improvement has released its Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry User Guide as a Word document.

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Hypertension Prevalence Estimator Tool

The Million Hearts® Hypertension Prevalence Estimator Tool provides the user with a health system’s expected hypertension prevalence, which is the estimated percentage of patients receiving care within the health system who have hypertension. Health systems (including practices) can compare their...

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Involving Pharmacists in Care Decisions May Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Canadian researchers discovered that pharmacist intervention in the care of patients lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease, including LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, HbA1c levels, and smoking status.

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Irregular Heartbeat Poses Greater Health Risk to Women: Women With Atrial Fibrillation Likely to Have Heart Disease

Women are at greater risk than men for strokes and heart disease if they have an irregular heartbeat, according to a recent clinical study that analyzed 30 studies involving more than 4 million participants. The study was published in the January 19, 2016 issue of the British Medical Journal, and...

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M.A.P. Checklist for Improving Blood Pressure Control

The American Medical Association and Johns Hopkins Medicine have created a tactical checklist to help providers improve BP control among their patients. M.A.P. means measuring accurately, acting rapidly, and partnering with patient, families, and communities to achieve blood pressure control.  To download this document you must set up a free account with AMA.

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Managing High Cholesterol with the Heart360 Pocket Guide

The downloadable pocket guide features the latest cholesterol treatment guidelines from the American Heart Association.

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Men's Heart Health: What You Can Do To Improve It

HSAG has prepared a flyer describing how everyone can help improve the heart health of men. This includes medical professionals and lay people alike.

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Million Hearts® Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Resource Center

The Million Hearts® campaign has created a one-stop shop for heart healthy recipes, meal plans, and tips for healthier cooking.

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Million Hearts® Badges

Use these web badges on your organizational website to promote the Million Hearts® program.

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Million Hearts® Collaboration Focus: Talking with African-American Patients About Heart Health

February is home to both American Heart Month and Black History Month. To celebrate, we’re calling on health professionals to focus on talking with African American patients about their heart health. Why? Because African Americans are disproportionately affected by heart disease and stroke....

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Million Hearts® Toolkit for Providers

The Million Hearts® campaign offers a variety of toolkits for physicians to expand existing heart disease and stroke prevention programs, and to recruit others to improve clinical preventive practice and community prevention.

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New Cardiac Disease Prevention Guidelines

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released four new guidelines in 2013 dealing with the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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New Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has just released the latest dietary guidelines to the American public. The 2012-2020 Dietary Guidelines provide a path for all interested parties to make healthier eating choices founded on evidence-based findings.

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New Heart Failure Therapy Could Prevent Substantial Number of Deaths, Study Finds

A University of California, Los Angeles study estimates that almost 28,500 deaths could be prevented each year in the US through use of a new FDA-approved class of cardiovascular medication ('angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor' [ARNI] therapy) that helps reduce mortality in patients...

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New Stroke Treatment Saves Lives, Improves Recovery

Stent retriever therapy is a new tactic in the treatment of stroke, as described in the April 2016 issue of the journal Radiology. The study details its use as compared to the standard stroke treatment of tissue plasminogen to remove blood clots.

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Not Just a Man’s Problem: The Deadly Cost of Underestimating Women’s Heart Disease

One in four females in the U.S. die from heart disease each year making it the leading cause of death for women in this country. Women are not treated as aggressively as men following a heart attack. This Health Affairs blog article gives an overview of health inequity by gender and its...

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Pay-For-Performance Incentive Program for Small Practices with Electronic Health Records (EHR) Improves Cardiac Outcomes

A study by the University of California, San Francisco, revealed that a pay-for-performance program in EHR-enabled small practices generated modest improvements in cardiovascular care processes and outcomes.

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Pharmacists Can Improve Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Outcomes in Stroke Patients

Research from the University of Alberta revealed that stroke patients managed by a pharmacist experienced a 12.5% improvement in blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein compared to a control group.

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Preventing Myocardial Infarction and Stroke with a Simplified Bundle of Cardioprotective Medications

In the October 2009 issue of the American Journal of Managed Care, researchers led by R. James Dudl, MD, presented their findings on the use of a bundle of cardioprotective medications with simplified delivery and showed that this approach reduced the risk of hospitalization for myocardial infarction or stroke among patients at high risk.

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Seven Simple Tips for Accurate Blood Pressure

The American Medical Association has developed a visually-arresting infographic, describing seven easy steps to consistently obtain accurate blood pressure readings.

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Six-Minute Test Predictive for Pulmonary Hypertension

According to a study published in the July 28, 2015 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, there is a six-minute walk stress echocardiography test that is predictive of pulmonary hypertension in connective tissue disease. Medicalxpress reports on this findings in its summary...

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Texts from Doctor Boosts Cardiac Medication Adherence

A study found that recovering heart attack patients were more medication adherent when they received regular reminder text messages.

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Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (podcast)

Dr. Sana Al-Khatib, a cardiologist and cardiac electro-physiologist at Duke University Medical Center discusses the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's comparative-effectiveness research report to better understand how these findings can benefit practicing clinicians.

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Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (transcript)

Dr. Sana Al-Khatib, a cardiologist and cardiac electro-physiologist at Duke University Medical Center discusses the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's comparative-effectiveness research report to better understand how these findings can benefit practicing clinicians.

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Type 2 Diabetes Patients With High CVD Risk, Statin Intolerance Or Ineffectiveness Is Frequent

Among patients with type 2 diabetes with high cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, index statin treatment modifications that potentially imply possible statin intolerance and/or ineffectiveness were frequent, according to researchers in this September 2015 British Medical Journal article. Low use of...

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Undiagnosed Hypertension

The Million Hearts® initiative has created a “Finding Undiagnosed Hypertensive Patients” video. Four essential steps are listed to help providers identify hypertension in their patient pool.

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