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Latest Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Reveal Challenges and Opportunities

Author: Mariell Jessup, M.D., FAHA; Chief Science and Medical Officer, American Heart Association

Preview: The AHA releases their annual “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – Update 2019” that provides the most current and robust epidemiological data on a wide range of cardiovascular disease-related topics, including heart disease and stroke.

Kim Stitzel

Intersections between income fluctuation, heart health, and death

Author: Kim Stitzel, M.S., R.D., Senior Vice President, Centers for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Preview: Now we can drill down to understand how life expectancy varies neighborhood by neighborhood, thanks to an effort that calculates life expectancy at birth for nearly every U.S. census tract.

Christina Shay

US Life Expectancy Drops for Third Year in a Row – What We Know and Don’t Know From the 2017 CDC Mortality Report

Author: Christina M. Shay, PhD, FAHA, Director, Impact and Health Metrics, American Heart Association

Preview: The annual report “Mortality in the United States, 2017” released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics provided several important high-level updates to mortality-related statistics observed in the US between 2016 and 2017.

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New Cholesterol Guideline Recommends More Personalized Risk Assessment, Active Patient Involvement in Treatment Decisions

Author: Scott M. Grundy, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA; Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center and VA Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; Chair, 2018 Cholesterol Guideline writing committee

Preview: Shared decision-making to help health care providers and patients manage cholesterol across the lifespan is a focus of new guidelines that provide recommendations related to several patient conditions and scenarios.

Ivor Benjamin

Have Faith: Community-Based Interventions Can Reduce Blood Pressure in African-Americans

Author: Ivor J. Benjamin, M.D., FAHA, FACC, President, American Heart Association, 2017-18; Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Center at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin

Preview: A new study confirms that lay health educators are dependable partners in implementing community-based hypertension control programs.

Christina Shay

For Rural U.S. Residents, More Is Often Less When It Comes to Health

Getting all Americans healthy — regardless of their race/ethnicity, income, education or geography — is a lofty goal. But our attention, our resources and, most importantly, our actions are needed now more than ever. Although obesity has historically hit upper socioeconomic classes obesity harder, that reality has changed. The previous effects of poverty — including

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Four Principles to Help Control the High Cost of High Blood Pressure

Author: Joey Granger, Ph.D., FAHA; Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor, Professor of Physiology and Medicine and Director, Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center; Chair, American Heart Association Council on Hypertension

Preview: Four Principles to Help Control the High Cost of High Blood Pressure