Science News Commentaries

The Past, Present, and Future of Cardiac Rehabilitation
05/13/2019 | Nanette Kass Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA, MAACVPR | Cardiac rehabilitation is defined as ?the provision of comprehensive long-term services involving medical evaluation; prescriptive exercise; cardiac risk factor modification; and education, counseling, and behavioral interventions.
A Food Systems Perspective for Helping to Achieve AHA Dietary Goals
04/29/2019 | Author: Christopher Gardner, PhD | Food and health are interconnected in many complex ways. Unraveling the complexities involves looking at these connections from multiple perspectives. Nutrients important for health are usually consumed in the context of foods. A characteristic combination of foods can be identified as a food pattern (e.g., Mediterranean).
Exercise-focused Rehabilitation for Cancer Survivors: Creating a CORE Component
04/08/2019 | Author: Kim Dittus, MD, PhD | The publication of the AHA statement, Cardio-Oncology Rehabilitation (CORE) to Manage Cardiovascular Outcomes in Cancer Patients and Survivors, represents a breakthrough for exercise to become standard of care for cancer survivors. Incorporating exercise as part of cancer care has taken a long time.
Insights from the AHA Scientific Statement on Managing Arrhythmias in Patients w
04/04/2019 | Author: Jim Cheung, MD, FACC, FHRS | Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have become a mainstay therapy for patients with advanced heart failure by significantly reducing morbidity and mortality. Consequently, the use of LVADs has increased rapidly over recent years.
Myocardial Infarction without Coronary Arterial Obstruction: The Mysterious MINO
03/27/2019 | Author: Joseph S. Alpert, MD | The first time that I heard the term MINOCA, it made me think that perhaps this referred to an ancient civilization in Greece contemporaries of the Minoans on Crete. I imagined the following headline: ?Archeologists unearth the remains of one of the cities of Minoca in northern Greece?. Of course, for cardiologists, MINOCA has nothing to do with ancient Greece.
Are the Lessons Learned From Animal Models of Hypertension Applicable to the Cli
03/14/2019 | Author: Patricia Martinez Quinones, MD and R Clinton Webb, PhD, FAHA | One in three adults in the U.S. has diagnosed high blood pressure. However, taking into consideration the 2017 Hypertension Clinical Guidelines by the AHA and ACC, 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 mm Hg is considered elevated arterial blood pressure.
The Heart-Kidney, Kidney-Heart Connection and Our Improving Understanding of a C
03/11/2019 | Author: Norman E. Lepor, MD FACC and Kevin S Shah, MD | The AHA Scientific Statement on Cardiorenal Syndrome (CRS) provides the most comprehensive and up to date review of this complex set of disease states. There is no more difficult and frustrating disorder that cardiologists and nephrologists are routinely faced with both in the outpatient and inpatient setting then CRS.
The Under-Recognized Burgeoning CV Risks of Water Pipe or Hookah Smoking
03/08/2019 | Author: Debabrata Mukherjee, MD, MS, FAHA | Tobacco use in its various forms remain one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide with the World Health Organization estimating that tobacco use accounts for ~ 9% of deaths globally.
Blood Pressure Measurement - a Call to Action to Improve Reliability and Enhance
03/04/2019 | Author: Alberto Avolio, PhD | In addressing the global burden of raised blood pressure, the recent Lancet Commission on Hypertension aimed to raise awareness of the intertwined array of factors that contribute to determining the lifecourse strategy for reduction of cardiovascular risk.
Vascular Toxicity in Cardio-Oncology: The Intersection of Cardiac & Cancer Care
02/21/2019 | Author: Eric H Yang, MD, FACC, FASE and Mirela Tuzovic, MD | Much of the research focus of cardio-oncology has gravitated towards chemoradiation therapies and their association with cardiomyopathy, with well-known culprits such as anthracycline and targeted therapies such as anti-HER2 agents (trastuzumab). However, as Campia and colleagues have demonstrated in their essential AHA Scientific Statement, there are other vasculotoxic effects in both traditional and newer cancer treatments that have been relatively underappreciated.
Navigating Allosensitization in Heart Transplant Candidates and Recipients
02/19/2019 | Author: Donna Mancini, MD | Heart transplantation is an evolving field. Nowhere is that more evident than in the identification and management of HLA and non HLA antibodies in heart transplant candidates and recipients. With the development of new sensitive techniques which identify HLA antibodies in patient sera, there has been both a simplification of and an added complexity to patient management.
Pediatric Stroke: Moving the Field Forward
01/28/2019 | Author: Stephen Ashwal, MD | The 2018 AHA/ASA ?Management of Stroke in Neonates and Children? is a comprehensive update of the 2008 scientific statement. It highlights the progress that has been made due to better access to care for pediatric patients who are more commonly referred on an emergent basis to children?s hospitals
Promoting Exercise Therapy in Peripheral Artery Disease: Time to Get Moving
12/13/2018 | Author: Naomi M. Hamburg, MD, MS | We are at an exciting time in the management of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). The access to exercise therapy is rapidly expanding due to several important developments.
AHA's Statement on the Safety Profile of Statins: Big Benefit with Low Risk
12/10/2018 | Author: Francoise A. Marvel, MD and Roger S. Blumenthal, MD | Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) continues to be the leading cause of mortality worldwide with approximately 17.7 million deaths annually, the majority of which are preventable.
Genetic Architecture of Congenital Heart Disease: An Update and Future Challenge
09/27/2018 | Author: Maria Grazia Andreassi, MSc, PhD | Congenital heart disease (CHD), with an estimated incidence of 2-3% when bicuspid aortic valve is included, is widely believed to have strong genetic basis.