Electronic Health Record Strategies Can Improve Care of Patients with Heart Failure
Doctors frequently rely on the electronic health record (EHR) when caring for patients. Oftentimes, EHR systems will include clinical decision support tools that offer recommendations and reminders for physicians determining how to manage diagnosis or treatment plans.
Researchers Connect Air Pollution to Hospital Readmissions for Stroke
A team led by Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) researchers has found a significant connection between long-term exposure to common air pollutants and hospital readmissions among people who have had a stroke. The finding suggests the need to reevaluate air pollution regulations in the U.S.
Two Heart Medications Tied to Greater Heart Attack Risk During Very Hot Weather
A new Yale study found that, among people suffering non-fatal heart attacks associated with hot weather, an outsize portion were taking beta-blockers or antiplatelet medication. The study doesn’t prove that these medications caused the heart attacks, nor that they make people more vulnerable to heart attack. Although it’s possible that they did increase the risk of heart attacks triggered by hot weather, it’s also possible that patients’ underlying heart disease explains both the prescriptions and the higher susceptibility to heart attack during hot weather.
Disparities Persist in Positive Cardiac Longevity Trend
One of the first national studies to measure long-term patient outcomes following a heart attack has found positive overall trends, but those benefits do not extend to low-income and Black communities, according to a new study in JAMA Cardiology.
An epidemic of chronic illness is killing us too soon
After decades of progress, life expectancy — long regarded as a singular benchmark of a nation’s success — peaked in 2014 at 78.9 years, then drifted downward even before the coronavirus pandemic. A year-long Washington Post examination reveals that this erosion in life spans is deeper and broader than widely recognized, afflicting a far-reaching swath of the United States. Featuring YSM's Marcella Nunez-Smith.Source: The Washington Post
To get better heart data from wearables, researchers train AI to separate the signal from the noise
As wearable health devices grow more popular, there’s an opportunity to track the broader adult population’s heart health. But it’s much harder for smartwatches to accurately detect the heart’s electrical signals.Source: STAT
Nearly 1 in 3 Black adults may develop PAD; disparities in care increase amputation risk
Routine, low-cost testing may reduce disparities and health care costs for people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to new American Heart Association scientific statement.Source: American Heart Association