hidden Top heart disease and stroke research advances in 2019

Top heart disease and stroke research advances in 2019

Scientific research is the cornerstone for medical care and innovations that have improved health and longer life for many. The American Heart Association, one of the top funders of heart- and stroke-related research worldwide, has compiled an annual list of major advances in heart disease and stroke science since 1996. Here are the biggest scientific victories achieved in 2019, grouped into 10 subject areas, as determined by the Association’s volunteer leadership.

hidden Successful collaboration of community- and state-based heart disease prevention programs focused on health disparities and equity

Successful collaboration of community- and state-based heart disease prevention programs focused on health disparities and equity

A consortium that coordinates the efforts of local and regional cardiovascular disease prevention programs helped states achieve major goals for eliminating health disparities, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 — November 16-18 in Philadelphia.

hidden Social support may reduce heart, stroke effects of discrimination in transgender and gender non-conforming adults

Social support may reduce heart, stroke effects of discrimination in transgender and gender non-conforming adults

Higher levels of social support may help offset increased heart disease and stroke risk factors triggered by discrimination and gender expectations among transgender and gender non-conforming adults, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 — November 16-18 in Philadelphia.

hidden Racial bias and discrimination may negatively impact heart disease care, risk factors

Racial bias and discrimination may negatively impact heart disease care, risk factors

Subtle racial bias may creep into the decision-making process for approving black patients with heart failure for a heart transplant and African immigrants who have experienced discrimination are more likely to have three or more heart disease and stroke risk factors, according to two studies to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 — November 16-18 in Philadelphia.