Science News : QCOR 2013 : Wednesday

Updated:May 27,2014
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Conference Chair Henry Ting, MD, MBA, FAHA, (Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota) and Conference Vice Chair Brahmajee Nallamothu, MD, MPH, FAHA, (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan) welcome you to Baltimore, Maryland. Stay tuned for more videos and exclusive interviews throughout the conference.

Dr. Nancy Albert, QCOR 13
Nancy Albert, PhD, FAHA
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH
Nursing Pre-Conference Workshop: The Science of Cardiovascular Science and Safety
Sustaining Quality Improvements and Measuring Effectiveness

Published Science

Circulation Cover 05-15-2013Change in Midlife Fitness is an Independent Predictor of Heart Failure in Older Age

Authors: Ambarish Pandey, Univ of Texas Southwestern Medical Ctr, Dallas, TX; Benjamin Willis, The Cooper Inst, Dallas, TX; David Leonard, Univ of Texas Southwestern Medical Ctr, Dallas, TX; Laura DeFina, The Cooper Inst, Dallas, TX; Ang Gao, Jarett Berry, Univ of Texas Southwestern Medical Ctr, Dallas, TX

CIRCHEARTFAILURE.112.000054 Published online before print May 15, 2013,
doi: 10.1161/?CIRCHEARTFAILURE.112.000054

Circulation ArticleAbstract | News Release

Circulation QCOR cover 05-15-2013Improvements in the Medical Management and Survival of Patients Hospitalized with Heart Failure

Authors: Samuel W Joffe, David D McManus, Matthew DeWolf, Jeffrey Shih, Michael Kiernan, Univ of Massachusetts Medical Sch, Worcester, MA; Frederick Spencer, McMaster Univ Medical Ctr, Hamilton, ON, Canada; Darleen Lessard, Joel Gore, Robert Goldberg, Univ of Massachusetts Medical Sch, Worcester, MA 

Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
  2013; 6: A116 
Published online before print May 15, 2013

News Release | Abstract

Award Winners

Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, FAHA, headshot

QCOR 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award
Harlan Krumholz, MD, FAHA
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut


Dr. Eric Peterson, MD, MPH, headshot

QCOR Distinguished Achievement Award
John Spertus, MD, MPH, FAHA
University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri

The American Heart Association’s Award of Meritorious Achievement
Dr. Eric Peterson, MD, MPH, headshotEric D. Peterson, MD, MPH, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, North Carolina

The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have rendered important service in supporting the American Heart Association’s national programs. Dr. Peterson is being recognized for his seminal leadership role in the development and implementation of the AHA’s Heart 360 Program and subsequent “Check It, Change It” community-based intervention to improve blood pressure control.

Heart-Failure Statistics:
  • Heart failure impacts about 5.1 million U.S. adults and is a leading cause of rehospitalization.
  • According to Medicare data from July 2006 through June 2009, the median hospital risk- standardized mortality rate was 10.8% for heart failure with a median risk-standardized readmission rate of 24.5%. 
  • The median length of stay for heart failure patients in the GWTG-HF registry was 4 days, and 21.3% of patients were readmitted within 30 days, compared to a national average of 24.8%.
  • Relative to white patients, Hispanic and black patients hospitalized with heart failure were significantly younger (median age 78, 63, and 64 years, respectively) but had lower ejection fractions (mean 41.1%, 38.8%, and 35.7%, respectively) with a higher prevalence of diabetes (40.2%, 55.7%, and 43.8%, respectively) and hypertension (70.6%, 78.4%, and 82.8%, respectively).

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