AHA outlines deficits in heart attack care for women | Studies seek to understand role of ethnicity in heart disease risk | Study links rapid weight gain in young children to blood pressure risks
January 28, 2016
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AHA outlines deficits in heart attack care for women
The American Heart Association published a scientific statement in Circulation that said when it comes to heart attacks, women are "understudied, underdiagnosed and undertreated," which leads to poor outcomes, hospital readmissions, repeat heart attacks and death after a heart attack. The first scientific statement from the AHA on heart attacks in women emphasizes the differences in warning signs and causes of heart attack for women compared with men. Reuters (1/25), MedPage Today (free registration) (1/25)
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Studies seek to understand role of ethnicity in heart disease risk
A study that started in 2010 is attempting to answer questions the seminal Framingham study could not: Why do South Asians tend to have high rates of cardiovascular disease even when they lack traditional markers of risk? Six in 10 heart disease patients are of South Asian descent, and mortality is particularly high among the group, too. Additional work is looking at risk among whites, African-Americans, Hispanics and Chinese-Americans in an attempt to better understand the role of ethnicity. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/25)
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Study links rapid weight gain in young children to blood pressure risks
Infants and toddlers who gain body mass rapidly may be more likely to develop higher blood pressure than their peers, according to the study published in the journal Hypertension, potentially raising other health risks. The study, based on 957 children up to 4 years old, found that rapid weight gain that didn't match height growth was associated with higher blood pressure between the ages 6 and 10. One expert said the findings emphasize the importance of breastfeeding infants and limiting juice and avoiding soft drinks for young children. Reuters (1/22)
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Data Security and HIPAA Compliance in Mid-sized Healthcare Organizations
The 21st century is facing an uphill battle for better data security, and the healthcare industry is at the front lines. Healthcare providers deal with tremendous amounts of sensitive, legally protected data labeled protected health information (PHI), which requires certain security measures as defined by HIPAA. Learn how to ensure that all PHI is handled, transferred and stored properly.

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Test results guide clinician decisions on statins, aspirin, study says
When practitioners know the results of a patient's coronary computed tomography angiography tests, it can guide how they prescribe statins and aspirin therapies, researchers reported in the American Journal of Cardiology. Researchers found statin initiation was greater in patients with CCTA-detected obstructive coronary artery disease without acute coronary syndrome, while there were fewer aspirin recommendations for patients without CCTA-detected coronary artery disease. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/25)
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CDC launches prediabetes awareness campaign
The CDC launched a public education campaign to increase awareness of prediabetes, which can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and stroke. The agency worked with the American Diabetes Association and the American Medical Association to develop the program, which features ads in English and Spanish. HealthDay News (1/21)
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What's at the heart of a cryptogenic stroke?
Diagnosing the cause of a cryptogenic stroke can be challenging. Exploring all options gives you the best chance to find a cause and reduce the risk of another stroke for your patients. A guide for Healthcare Professionals, Understanding Diagnosis and Treatment of Cryptogenic Strokes, is now available! To learn more, visit StrokeAssociation.org/cs.
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Dosimetry badge readings may be skewed by height, study shows
A study in the Journal of Interventional Cardiology suggests the height of nurses and other clinicians who work in a catheterization lab may be a factor when assessing radiation safety using dosimetry badge readings. Researchers said radiation readings were higher when badges were worn at a height of 100 centimeters compared with 135 centimeters, and they recommended standard placement at a set height. Medscape (free registration) (1/25)
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