Cardiovascular Disease

Exercise Plus Statins for Heart Disease: Determining How Much Is Too Much

Annette M. Boyle “…low-fit patients who were not taking statins had 2 to 2.5 times the risk of the patients in the highest fit group who were not on statins.” — Peter Kokkinos, PhD, Director, LIVe Program, Washington DC VAMC… Read More

Quick Stress Reduction Technique Improves Sleep for Heart Patients

BETHESDA, MD — An easy 10-minute stress reduction technique can substantially improve sleep quality, according to researchers from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The 10-minute Tension Tamer was tested on 334 patients in a heart health program. Subjects attended… Read More

Effect on INR from Antibiotics in Warfarin Patients

RICHMOND, VA – Even though antibiotics may lead to an increase in international normalized ratio (INR) for older veterans on stable warfarin therapy, that may not result in clinically significant outcomes of bleeding or hospitalization, according to a new report.1… Read More

Women Veterans at Risk for Heart Disease; VA Seeks to Raise Awareness

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON —The No. 1 killer of women in the United States is heart disease, and women veterans are in no way exempt. In fact, by some measures, they have higher rates of heart disease risk factors. That… Read More

Veterans’ CPAP Compliance Linked to Medication Adherence

ATLANTA–A study of veterans who were prescribed Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy after having a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)found that their compliance with the treatment had a significant  association with how regularly they also took cardiovascular medications.… Read More

Research Offers More Focused Treatment Options for AF

SAN DIEGO–Recurrence of symptoms is common for many patients treated for atrial fibrillation, at least partly because the source of the arrhythmia is unknown. New research seeks to remedy that situation. Reporting earlier this year in Journal of the American… Read More

VA Telerehab Program Improves Post-Stroke Functioning

Participating in a home telerehabilitation program improves lower-body physical functioning after a stroke, as well as increasing the likelihood of maintaining a regular fitness routine, enhancing money-management skills and improving the capability to prepare meals and take care of personal… Read More

Perceived Discrimination Linked to Black Veterans’ Heart Issues

A new study has found that perceived discrimination was associated with risk of severe coronary obstruction among black male veterans, and the researchers recommend that factor be considered in screening and treating patients at the VA. The research, conducted at… Read More

Director of Award-Winning Residency Program Driven by Heart of Service

By Steve Lewis JACKSONVILLE, FL— The residency program at the Naval Hospital-Jacksonville was named  Clinical site of the year by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2011, but the program’s director scoffs at taking personal credit. Cmdr.… Read More

CDC Tackles Heart Health And Winnable Battles In 2012

The CDC is the health sentinel for our nation. Monitoring and surveillance are among our key functions, allowing the country to know the extent of health problems, which populations are most affected and whether interventions are working. We also focus… Read More

RA Puts Veterans at Greater Risk for Heart Disease; VA Targets Risk Factors

Two recent studies of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have sent up a red flag for physicians caring for veterans with the disease; such patients appear to be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease due to inflammation and several other… Read More

PTSD Independent Risk Factor for Heart Disease, Doubles Veterans’ Risk of Dying from Any Cause

PTSD more than doubles a veteran’s risk of death from any cause and is an independent risk factor for heart disease, according to VA researchers.1 Researchers based out of the Greater Los Angeles VA studied the medical records of… Read More

Despite Success in Managing Warfarin Usage, VA’s Anticoagulation Units’ Role Likely to Change With New Drugs

Some 148,000 patients in the VA system receive anticoagulation therapy to prevent and treat cardiac disease, stroke and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), but the primary anticoagulation drug, Warfarin, which has been in use since the 1950s, is complex to manage,… Read More

Pharmacogenomic Advances Result in Label Changes Decades after Approval

BETHESDA, MD—Even drugs that have been on the market for years, sometimes decades, are not immune from reexamination and relabeling brought about by new scientific discoveries. In the field of pharmacogenomics especially, new opportunities are presenting themselves to use new… Read More

Recent Clinical Trials–Cardiology

Warfarin vs Aspirin in Reduced Cardiac Ejection Fraction (WARCEF) Objectives: Warfarin has proven effective in patients with ischemic heart disease, especially in the reduction of stroke, death, and re-infarction following myocardial infarction, and in the reduction of stroke in atrial… Read More

Current VA Cardiology Clinical Trials

Enhancing Caregiver Support for Heart Failure Patients: The CarePartner Study Sponsor: VA ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00555360 Informal caregivers assisted by health information technology may help to fill the gaps in VA care management of heart failure patients by enhancing support for… Read More