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SCAD: Spontaneous Healing Common With Conservative Treatment
Most coronary arteries affected by spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) heal spontaneously on repeat angiography, with the vast majority completely healed after 30 days from the SCAD event, new research suggests.
ECG Challenge: 'I Feel Like I'm Going to Pass Out'
The patient is a 75-year-old man with a history of hypertension (treated with an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and a calcium channel blocker) and diabetes (treated with oral medications). He presents to the emergency department with a 3-day history of lightheadedness and a sensation of presyncope. His physical examination is normal, but his pulse rate is very slow. Can you answer the question?
Leading Women in Medicine Launch 'Time's Up Healthcare'
Women in medicine have joined the national Time's Up movement, and on last week at the New York Academy of Medicine, leaders announced their mission to end workplace discrimination, harassment, and abuse and create equitable and safe cultures within the healthcare industry.
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WATCH: Past ABC President Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH Teams Up With Shaquille O'Neal On Heart Failure Awareness
NBC’s Dr. Shamard Charles sits down with Shaquille O’Neal and Past ABC PresidentElizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH to talk about why the NBA Hall of Famer has dedicated himself to bringing awareness to heart health and why heart disease is more prevalent among African-Americans.
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Cumulative Psychosocial Stress and Ideal Cardiovascular Health in Older Women: Data by Race/Ethnicity
Co-authored by Michelle A. Albert and Melissa S. Burroughs Peña (with Rachel S. Mbassa, Natalie B. Slopen, David R. Williams and Julie Buring)
Research implicates acute and chronic stressors in racial/ethnic health disparities, but the joint impact of multiple stressors on racial/ethnic disparities in cardiovascular health is unknown.
2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Co-authored by Michelle A. Albert and Kim A. Williams Sr. (with Donna K. Arnett, Roger S. Blumenthal, Andrew B. Buroker, Zachary D. Goldberger, Ellen J. Hahn, Cheryl D. Himmelfarb, Amit Khera, Donald Lloyd-Jones, J. William McEvoy, Erin D. Michos,
A report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association task force on clinical practice guidelines.
Do Women and Men Respond Similarly to Therapies in Contemporary Heart Failure Clinical Trials?
Co-authored by Gregg C. Fonarow (with Muthiah Vaduganathan, Ayman Samman Tahhan, Alaaeddin Alrohaibani, Stephen J. Greene,, Orly Vardeny, JoAnn Lindenfeld, Mariell Jessup, Mona Fiuzat, Christopher M. O'Connor and Javed Butler)
More women than men currently live with heart failure in the UNited States; this imblance is projected to persist over the next decade.
Improving Cardiovascular Health Among African-Americans Through Mobile Health: the FAITH! App Pilot Study
Co-authored by LaPrincess A. Brewer, MD, MPH and Sharonne N. Hayes, MD (with Sarah M. Jenkins, MS, Kandace A. Lackore, BA, Carmen Radecki Breitkopf, PhD, Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, and Christi A. Patten, PhD)
African-Americans have 82% lower odds than whites of meeting five or more ideal cardiovascular health components comprising the American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7, an evidence-based metric of seven health-promoting behaviors and biologic factors that, at ideal levels, improve CV outcomes. Mobile health interventions are promising for promoting CV health within this population.
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