Science News Commentaries

Appreciating Cardiovascular Disease Risk in South Asians: The Time is Now
05/24/2018 | Author: Nathan D. Wong, PhD, MPH, FAHA, FACC | South Asians, deriving mainly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal represent over 1.5 billion individuals, one-fifth of the world?s population. Multiple waves of immigration of South Asians to North America, dating back to the late 18th century
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Coronary Heart Disease: A Very Fishy Story
05/17/2018 | Author: Lewis H. Kuller, MD, DrPH | The new American Heart Association (AHA) Science Advisory, ?Seafood long chain n-3 PUFAs and cardiovascular disease? recommends one to two seafood meals per week to reduce risk of heart failure (HF), CHD, ischemic stroke, and cardiac death, especially when seafood replaces less healthy foods. It is unclear why one to two servings were selected.
More than Food for Thought: Advancing Nutrition Education in the 21st Century
04/30/2018 | Author: Michael Miller, MD, FAHA | As a preclinical medical student in the latter part of the 20th Century, emphasis was placed on understanding the biochemical and pathologic basis of America?s most preventable cause of death: cigarette smoking. In effect, the unequivocal evidence linking cigarette smoking to the etiology and promotion of cardiovascular and other diseases
Neurointerventional Practice and Its Frontiers
04/19/2018 | Author: Daniel Cooke, MD | Eskey et al have reviewed the literature concerning diseases and conditions necessitating endovascular neurointerventional procedures with emphasis on updates since the 2009 American Heart Association paper. The authors occasionally note the quality of evidence, though the scope of the paper is a scientific statement
Atrial Fibrillation beyond All or None: The Missing Piece in Understanding AF
04/16/2018 | Authors: Elsayed Z. Soliman MD, MSc, MS, FAHA, FACC | It has been more than a century since Thomas Lewis first explained and documented the irregularly irregular pulse we now know as atrial fibrillation (AF), and we still try to grasp the various pathophysiological basis and mechanistic relationships of this complex disease.
Taking the Good With the Bad - Assigning Value and Blame to the Right Heart in C
04/12/2018 | Author: Jason N. Katz, MD, MHS | For many years the right ventricle (RV) was considered a nominal participant in the narrative of normal cardiac physiology ? its value depreciated, in particular, by several early canine experiments that intimated a marginal role for right ventricular function in systemic venous and pulmonary arterial pressure regulation.
Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: Making strides, long journey ahead!
02/22/2018 | Authors: Roxana Mehran, MD, FAHA, MSCAI, FACC, FESC and Birgit Vogel, MD | Although the first case of spontaneous coronary dissection (SCAD) was documented at autopsy in 1931, most of the evidence currently available has been generated within the last five years. Despite the increasing scientific efforts on this topic, the disease is still poorly understood.
Don't Break My Heart - An AHA Statement on Breast Cancer and CVD
02/01/2018 | Author: Joerg Herrmann, MD | This American Heart Association Scientific Statement may come as a surprise, but written almost exclusively by women for women, it is an important and timely contribution. Most women in the U.S. and worldwide would not connect these 2 disease entities and have drastically different opinions of them.
Future Directions in Cardiovascular Disease Modeling
01/12/2018 | Matthew W. Ellis, BS and Yibing Qyang, PhD | Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States and worldwide, indicating the continued need for basic science research into disease mechanisms and the development of therapeutics.
Adverse Childhood Experiences: Addressing Health Disparities through Prevention
12/18/2017 | Krista M. Perreira, PhD and Linda C. Gallo, PhD | Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with a variety of poor health behaviors and deleterious health outcomes including cardiometabolic disorders and cancer.
"Quality" in Cardiovascular Imaging – Getting to the Heart of the Meaning
12/14/2017 | David Neville Levin, MD, FRCPC, MSc, BESc (Mech) and Dallas Duncan, MD, BSc, MHSc, FRCPC | In 2001, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Quality of Health Care in America published "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century".
Intracranial Hemorrhage After Stroke Thrombolysis: More Questions Than Answers
11/02/2017 | Shyam Prabhakaran, MD, MS | Approximately, 40,000 stroke patients are treated with intravenous alteplase annually in the United States. Symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage (sICH)
Eliminating Cardiovascular Health Disparities in African Americans: Are We Any C
10/23/2017 | Alanna A. Morris, MD, MSc, FHFSA | The release of Healthy People 2010 and the landmark Institute of Medicine report brought our attention to the importance of health disparities almost two decades ago.
Think outside the heart: Noncardiac complications and considerations in the adul
10/09/2017 | Leigh Christopher Reardon, MD, FACC | Tackling the big issues facing the adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) population continues to gain traction in a field that has now come of age.
Is the Age-Old Practice of Meditation a Good Complement to Comprehensive Patient
09/28/2017 | Ruth Lindquist, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN | A national US survey reported that an estimated 8% of the general population surveyed had practiced meditation, and it