Megan Tooley, Cardiovascular Roundtable
Patients with a history of atherosclerotic ischemic stroke should be considered to be at high risk for subsequent cardiovascular disease (CVD), in particular, coronary heart disease (CHD), according to a new joint scientific statement released by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA).
These recommendations—the first U.S. guidelines to include stroke as a risk factor for coronary events—may require re-evaluation of current risk prediction algorithms and significantly increase the population of patients considered to be at high CV risk.
Add stroke to list of CVD risk factors, new AHA/ASA statement recommends
Last week, the American Heart Association published the 2012 update to their Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics online in the journal Circulation. Overall, mortality rates for cardiovascular disease (CVD) continued their decline, while obesity rates and spending on CVD continue to rise. The statistics are not altogether surprising, as they are reflective of the gains US providers have made in the acute-care setting, while significant opportunity remains to improve on preventive care.
2012 AHA Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update Calls for Increased Preventive Care Efforts
Brian Maher, MPH
This week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of the“Millions Hearts” Initiative - a collaborative program to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes across the next 5 years through clinical- and community-based prevention strategies. Lauded by many, the initiative sets an ambitious goal that will require a concerted and well-coordinated effort on the part of various stakeholders, including patients and providers, to achieve success.
CDC, CMS Launch The "Million Hearts" Initiative