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July 9, 2013 : University of Washington
Link between low vitamin D blood levels and heart disease varies by race
Leila Gray
Low vitamin D blood levels are linked to a greater risk of heart disease in whites and Chinese, but not in blacks and Hispanics, according to an NIH-supported study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

July 2, 2013 : HealthPartners
Intervention helps improve and maintain better blood pressure control
Results from a recent NHLBI-supported study found that home blood pressure telemonitoring combined with pharmacist-led care was effective in improving hypertension management in patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure.

July 1, 2013 : NIH Research Matters
Vietnam vets with PTSD more likely to have heart disease
Among male twin Vietnam veterans, those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were more than twice as likely to have heart disease 13 years after being diagnosed as twin vets without PTSD. The finding suggests that PTSD may be a risk factor for heart disease.

Side by side computer generated images show reduced blood flow to the heart in a patient with PTSD

June 25, 2013
Vietnam vets with PTSD more than twice as likely to have heart disease
Male twin Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were more than twice as likely as those without PTSD to develop heart disease during a 13-year period, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health.

June 25, 2013 : Emory University
Study links post-traumatic stress disorder and cardiovascular disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease, according to a recent study led by researchers at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

June 21, 2013 : Kaiser Permanente
New risk assessment tool to predict stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation
A more accurate and reliable stroke prediction model has been developed to help physicians decide whether to start blood-thinning treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation, as described in the current online issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association. The findings are a result of the Anticoagulation and Risk Factors in Atrial Fibrillation Study (ATRIA) conducted within the NHLBI-supported Cardiovascular Research Network and led by Kaiser Permanente and Massachusetts General Hospital.

May 23, 2013 : NPR Shots
Antidepressant may protect the heart against mental stress
Nancy Shute
Stress can be a bummer for your heart. And, it seems, antidepressants may help some people with heart disease better weather that stress, according to results from NHLBI-supported research.

April 9, 2013 : The Diane Rehm Show
New research on red meat and heart disease
NHLBI's Dr. Michael Lauer participated in a panel on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show about a recent NIH-funded study that looked at red meat and heart disease. The research suggests that L-carnitine, a substance found in red meat, may contribute to heart disease.

March 25, 2013 : NIH Research Matters
How resveratrol may fight aging
Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
A new NIH-supported study gives insight into how resveratrol—a compound found in grapes, red wine and nuts—may ward off several age-related diseases. The findings could help in the development of drugs to curtail some of the health problems that arise as we get older.

March 11, 2013 : University of Alabama
Largely dismissed heart failure drug may help solve costly problem for Medicare and hospitals
Greg Williams
"This is the first study to suggest that any drug, old or new, can dramatically reduce the risk of 30-day, all-cause hospital admission among older heart failure patients," said NHLBI-supported researcher Ali Ahmed, M.D., M.P.H., professor in the divisions of Gerontology, Geriatrics, & Palliative Care and Cardiovascular Disease within the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

December 17, 2012 : Columbia University Medical Center
Perceived stress may predict future risk of coronary heart disease
Are you stressed? NIH-supported researchers at Columbia University Medical Center found that perceived stress may help predict a person’s future risk of coronary heart disease.

November 8, 2012 : Los Angeles Times
Blacks twice as likely to die of coronary heart disease as whites
Amina Khan
The reports “send a powerful and sobering message: despite 50 years of epidemiological knowledge and despite numerous therapeutic advances, risk factor burdens among minority populations are unacceptably high and consequential,” Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the division of cardiovascular sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, wrote in a JAMA editorial.

November 5, 2012 : Journal of the American Medical Association
Time for a creative transformation of epidemiology in the United States
Michael S. Lauer, M.D., Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
That epidemiology continues to provide important knowledge is evident in two reports published in this issue of JAMA.

September 14, 2012 : Circulation Research
On the value of portfolio diversity in heart, lung, and blood research
Zorina S. Galis, Ph.D., W. Keith Hoots, M.D., James P. Kiley, Ph.D., and Michael S. Lauer, M.D., NHLBI
Just as in other fields, scientific diversity has been and continues to be critical for the success of HLB research.

September 7, 2012
Blood sugar control does not help infants and children undergoing heart surgery
Tight blood sugar control in infants and children undergoing heart surgery does not lower the risk of infection or improve recovery, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

September 7, 2012 : Science
Massive trials to test inflammation hypothesis
Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
"This is testing a whole new paradigm, a whole new approach, towards treating atherosclerosis," because anti-inflammatory drugs are not now a therapy of choice, says Michael Lauer, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at NHLBI.

September 4, 2012 : eMaxHealth
Can treating inflammation reduce risk of cardiovascular disease?
Robin Wulffson M.D.
The new NHLBI-funded Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial (CIRT) and the Novartis-funded CANTOS study will both test the theory that inflammation plays a significant role in the underlying biology that makes heart disease the number one cause of death and stroke the number four cause of death in the United States.

August 22, 2012
NIH launches trial to evaluate anti-inflammatory treatment for preventing heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular deaths
An international multi-site trial has launched to determine whether a common anti-inflammatory drug can reduce heart attacks, strokes, and deaths due to cardiovascular disease in people at high risk for them.

August 22, 2012 : Brigham and Women's Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers initiate major cardiovascular inflammation reduction trial
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital announce the launch of the NHLBI-funded cardiovascular inflammation reduction trial (CIRT). CIRT will determine whether lowering inflammation with a common anti-inflammatory drug in turn reduces rates of recurrent heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death in high risk patients who have already suffered a prior heart attack.

August 13, 2012 : Circulation Research
Editorial: On the value of portfolio diversity in heart, lung, and blood research
coauthored by Zorina S. Galis, Ph.D., W. Keith Hoots, M.D., James P. Kiley, Ph.D., and Michael Lauer, M.D., NHLBI
This editorial examines the diversity of topics and mechanisms in the NHLBI portfolio.

July 27, 2012 : Journal of the American Heart Association
And what about exercise? Fitness and risk of death in "low-risk" adults
Michael S. Lauer, M.D., Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
This editorial explains that exercise can be an extraordinarily powerful preventive intervention that might prevent premature death, myocardial infarction, stroke, cancer, depression, dementia, and disability.

July 27, 2012 : Occupational Health and Safety
Don't doubt the value of exercise, NHLBI author advises
In an editorial published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, Michael S. Lauer, M.D., director of the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, discusses the meaning of a study in the same issue urging higher doses of aerobic exercise for low-risk adults.

July 19, 2012 : NIH MedlinePlus
Understanding cholesterol and heart health
Many Americans do not understand the role that cholesterol—a fat-like substance found in all cells of the body—plays in heart health and heart disease.

July 19, 2012 : NIH MedlinePlus
High blood cholesterol Q and A with Dr. Michael Lauer
Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the NHLBI’s Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, discusses progress on high cholesterol research.

July 12, 2012 : Emory University
NHLBI awards Emory $5 million to look for heart health warning signs
Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have received a $5 million, five-year grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to identify and validate new cardiovascular disease risk biomarkers.

July 6, 2012 : NIH Record
Three NIH'ers receive Flemming Awards
Three NIH'ers -- Dr. Michael Lauer of NHLBI, Dr. Tom Misteli of NCI and Dr. Clare Waterman of NHLBI -- received 2011 Arthur S. Flemming Awards on June 4 for exceptional contributions to the federal government.

July 5, 2012 : EmaxHealth
Obesity reported to improve heart failure outcome
Robin Wulffson
"The study provides us with more insight about how both genders of heart failure patients may be impacted by the obesity paradox," noted senior author Dr. Tamara Horwich, an assistant professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He added, "Heart failure may prove to be one of the few health conditions where extra weight may prove to be protective."

June 27, 2012 : Journal of the American College of Cardiology
From hot hands to declining effects
Michael S. Lauer, M.D., Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
This editorial discusses the risks of basing treatment decisions on clinical trials with small numbers of events.

June 27, 2012 : Massachusetts General Hospital
Immune response to heart attack worsens atherosclerosis, increases future risk
An international team of researchers discovered that a heart attack doesn't just damage heart muscle tissue by cutting off its blood supply, it also sets off an inflammatory response that worsens underlying atherosclerosis, actively increasing the risk for a future heart attack. Study results were published in the journal Nature.

June 19, 2012 : Circulation
Relationship between chest compression rates and outcomes from cardiac arrest
coauthored by George Sopko, M.D., Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
Results from the NHLBI-funded Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium show that when emergency medical service providers give chest compressions at a rate of approximately 125 compressions per minute it results in the highest rate of returned pulses but not survival to hospital discharge for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

June 19, 2012 : Kera News for North Texas
More north Texans surviving sudden cardiac arrest
Shelly Kofler
Study results from the NHLBI-supported Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium released today in the journal Circulation confirm that repeated chest compressions have improved the survival rate for cardiac arrest patients.

June 19, 2012 : Dallas Morning News
Cardiac survival rates up in Dallas, suburbs
Sherry Jacobson
The first human study to link chest compressions to survival in cardiac-arrest patients, published Tuesday in the journal Circulation, found that return of spontaneous circulation rates peaked at a compression rate of 125 per minute and then declined, according to the study’s lead investigator, NHLBI-supported researcher Dr. Ahamed H. Idris (UT Southwestern Medical Center).

June 4, 2012 : The New York Times
For some, exercise may increase heart risk
Gina Kolata
Could exercise actually be bad for some healthy people? A well-known group of researchers, including one who helped write the scientific paper justifying national guidelines that promote exercise for all, say the answer may be a qualified yes.

May 17, 2012 : The New York Times
Doubt cast on the ‘good’ in ‘good cholesterol’
Gina Kolata
"The current study tells us that when it comes to HDL we should seriously consider going back to the drawing board, in this case meaning back to the laboratory," said Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the NHLBI’s Division of Cardiovascular Sciences. "We need to encourage basic laboratory scientists to figure out where HDL fits in the puzzle — just what exactly is it a marker for."

March 15, 2012 : American Journal of Epidemiology
Cardiovascular epidemiology in a changing world - challenges to investigators and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Paul D. Sorlie, Ph.D.; Diane E. Bild, M.D., M.P.H.; and Michael S. Lauer, M.D., NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
Over the past 60 years, revolutionary discoveries made by epidemiologists have contributed to marked declines in cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality.

February 3, 2012 : NIH News in Health
Love your heart: Take steps to reduce heart risks
February is American Heart Month -- a time to reflect on the sobering fact that heart disease remains the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. The good news is you have the power to protect and improve your heart health.

January 25, 2012
Elevated risk factors linked to major cardiovascular disease events across a lifetime
In one of the largest-ever analyses of lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease (CVD), researchers have found that middle-aged adults who have one or more elevated traditional risk factors for CVD, such as high blood pressure, have a substantially greater chance of having a major CVD event, such as heart attack or stroke, during their remaining lifetime than people with optimal levels of risk factors.

September 21, 2011 : Annals of Internal Medicine
What now with screening electrocardiography?
Michael S. Lauer, M.D., NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
Fifty years ago in these pages, Kannel and colleagues (1) presented Framingham Heart Study data on "factors of risk" for coronary heart disease.

May 23, 2011 : Archives of Internal Medicine
Pseudodisease, the next great epidemic in coronary atherosclerosis?
Michael S. Lauer, M.D., NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences.
Comment on "Impact of Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography Results on Patient and Physician Behavior in a Low-Risk Population."

August 26, 2009
Media Availability: More Research on Risks and Benefits of Medical Imaging Needed
In a new study of nearly one million adults between the ages of 18 and 64, nearly 70 percent of participants underwent at least one medical imaging procedure between July 2005 and December 2007, resulting in an average effective dose of radiation nearly double the amount they would otherwise be exposed to from natural sources.

May 23, 2008
NHLBI Media Availability: New WHI Analysis Shows That Blood Cholesterol Levels Predict Risk of Heart Disease Due to Hormone Therapy
A new analysis of a subgroup of participants in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) hormone therapy clinical trials suggests that healthy, postmenopausal women whose blood cholesterol levels are normal or lower are not at increased, short-term risk for heart attack when taking hormone therapy.

March 4, 2008
WHI Follow-up Study Confirms Health Risks of Long-Term Combination Hormone Therapy Outweigh Benefits for Postmenopausal Women
New results from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) confirm that the health risks of long-term use of combination (estrogen plus progestin) hormone therapy in healthy, postmenopausal women persist even a few years after stopping the drugs and clearly outweigh the benefits.

December 17, 1999
NIH Conference to Assess State of Medical Implants Research Information on Implant Performance Lacking in the U.S.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a Technology Assessment Conference (TAC) to look at barriers and opportunities to developing systems for implant retrieval analysis and data banking. The TAC will be conducted January 10-12, 2000 in the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

November 30, 1999
New Studies Show Death Rates Significantly Lower When Major Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease and Coronary Heart Disease Are Absent
Data from two long-term studies show that people with the most favorable levels of all three major coronary risk factors (blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and cigarette use) experienced markedly lower death rates from heart attack and stroke, as well as notably increased life spans.

November 30, 1999
Sodium Intake Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease Death in Overweight Persons
A diet high in sodium increases the risk of heart disease-related mortality in overweight individuals, according to a study published in the December 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

November 10, 1999
NHLBI-VA Study Finds No Heart Failure Survival Increase With Beta-Blocker
A study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found that the beta-blocker bucindolol did not reduce death from heart failure.

November 1, 1999
Growing New Blood Vessels with a Timed-Release Capsule of Growth Factor is a Promising Treatment for Heart Bypass Patients, Finds NHLBI Study
Heart bypass patients treated with a timed-release capsule of a substance that promotes the growth of new blood vessels showed evidence of improved blood supply and heart function, according to a study supported by the NHLBI.

October 26, 1999
The CARDIA Study (Coronary Artery Risk Development In Young Adults)
High fiber diets may protect against obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in healthy young adults by lowering insulin levels. This is one of the findings of an analysis of participants in the CARDIA Study (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults), sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

October 26, 1999
JAMA Spotlights the Health Risks of Obesity
The October 27, 1999, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) spotlights the health risks of obesity, a major risk factor for heart disease.

September 15, 1999
New Study Confirms Importance of Systolic Blood Pressure
New evidence from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study finds that systolic blood pressure, far more than diastolic blood pressure, identifies patients with hypertension, determines their blood pressure stage, and indicates the need for treatment, but both measurements used together are best.

September 1, 1999
Diabetes Mellitus: A Major Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have collaborated with three leading private health organizations on a major public health statement to alert physicians, patients, and the general public to the increasing significance of diabetes mellitus as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

August 25, 1999
Brisk Walking Reduces Risk of Heart Attack in Women
Next week's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine contains a paper on a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) - funded study that compares walking with vigorous exercise in the prevention of coronary heart disease in women.

August 8, 1999
Cholesterol Lowering in Elderly Reduces Heart Disease and Strokes
Older Americans have the Nation's highest rate of coronary heart disease (CHD) and can benefit greatly from lowering elevated cholesterol, according to a new report from the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP).

August 1, 1999
Cholesterol Counts When it Comes to Protecting America's Heart Health
"Keep the Beat--Cholesterol Counts for Everyone." That's the theme for National Cholesterol Education Month in September.

June 30, 1999
Mitral-Valve Prolapse Less Common, Less Harmful Than Previously Thought
Researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) Framingham Heart Study report that mitral-valve prolapse (MVP), a condition in which a valve in the heart is abnormally long and floppy, is substantially less common and less serious than previously believed.

April 26, 1999
NHLBI Urges Americans To Take Control of Their Hypertension
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and this year's theme highlights the threat of uncontrolled hypertension. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) urges Americans: "If Your Blood Pressure Is Not Lower Than 140/90, Ask Your Doctor Why."

April 21, 1999
Statement from Claude Lenfant, M.D., NHLBI Director, on Trends in Hypertension
New information gathered by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study, and reported in the April 22 New England Journal of Medicine, indicates that a five- to tenfold increase in use of antihypertensive medication from the 1950s through the 1980s was accompanied by striking declines in the prevalence of the highest blood pressure levels (3 and 4) down to more moderate levels (1 and 2).

February 24, 1999
Blacks at Higher Risk for Death from Heart Failure, Finds NHLBI Study
The results of a new study suggest that black patients with congestive heart failure are at higher risk for death and for worsening of their disease than similarly treated white patients.

January 26, 1999
Simple Lifestyle Changes Boost Physical Activity/Cardiovascular Health
Small lifestyle changes that increase moderate-intensity physical activity are as effective as a structured exercise program in improving long-term cardiorespiratory fitness and blood pressure, according to a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

January 7, 1999
First Estimate of Lifetime Risk for Developing Coronary Heart Disease
The lifetime risk for developing coronary heart disease (CHD) has been estimated for the first time by researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study.

January 6, 1999
Ultrasonography Predicts Heart Attack/Stroke Risk
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-supported scientists report that ultrasonography, a non-invasive test, predicts the risk of heart attack and stroke in older persons with no cardiovascular disease symptoms.

December 8, 1998
Bartenders' Health Improves After Smoking Banned in Bars
The respiratory health and lung function of bartenders improved after a California law prohibited smoking in bars, according to a study published in the December 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

December 7, 1998
Cholesterol Levels Decline Among U.S. Adolescents
Total cholesterol levels among U.S. adolescents declined 7 mg/dL between the late 1960s and the early 1990s, according to a new analysis of cholesterol trends and levels published in the November/December issue of Preventive Medicine.

October 19, 1998
Women's Health Study Reaches Recruitment Goal
Do hormones prevent heart disease? Will a low-fat diet protect you from cancers of the breast and colon? Can vitamin D prevent the bone fractures of osteoporosis? These questions face 37.5 million women in the country. Now, more than 160,000 of them have decided to be part of the answer.

October 13, 1998
Stop Heart Disease Before It Stops You
More American women die from heart disease than anything else. This year it will kill 370,000 women. Another 93,000 will die from stroke. But it doesn't have to happen to you. According to an updated handbook from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), women can take steps to prevent heart disease.

October 5, 1998
New Spanish-English Brochure on Controlling High Blood Pressure
The Alliance for Aging Research and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) announce a new Spanish-English brochure on high blood pressure.

September 28, 1998
Bypass Surgery and Angioplasty Equally Safe for Women and Men, Finds New Study
In surprising contrast to previous research, new findings from a major clinical trial supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reveal that women undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) or balloon angioplasty procedures to improve blood flow to the heart survive just as well as men.

September 11, 1998
NHLBI Announces New Cholesterol Web Site for Heart Disease Patients
"Live Healthier, Live Longer," a new interactive web site that takes the guess-work out of lowering cholesterol for people with heart disease, was launched September 1, 1998 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as a part of National Cholesterol Education Month. The purpose of the web site is to provide accurate, personally relevant information to help people with coronary heart disease (CHD) lower their LDL ("bad") cholesterol to the goal level of 100 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter).

August 17, 1998
Statement on Sodium Intake and High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 50 million Americans--one in four adults. It is the leading cause of stroke and contributes to heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure. Some Americans, such as older Americans and African Americans, are at a particularly high risk from high blood pressure.

June 17, 1998
First Federal Obesity Clinical Guidelines Released
The first Federal guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults were released today by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in cooperation with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

June 3, 1998
Statement on First Federal Obesity Clinical Guidelines
The first Federal guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults are scheduled to be released on June 17 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in cooperation with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

November 6, 1997
New High Blood Pressure Guidelines Released by the NHLBI
New physician guidelines for the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure were released today by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The guidelines, approved by the Coordinating Committee of the NHLBI's National High Blood Pressure Education Program, contain updated treatment strategies, including a system of stratifying patients into risk groups and the idea of compelling indications for certain antihypertensive medications.

October 14, 1997
Calcium Channel Blockers and Breast Cancer Risk
A new analysis linking some calcium channel blockers to an increased risk of breast cancer in older women appears in the October 15 issue of the journal Cancer.

July 15, 1997
Hypertension Therapy Prevents Heart Failure Among Elderly
Treatment with a low-dose diuretic cuts by half the chance that an older person with high systolic blood pressure will develop heart failure, according to results from a National Institutes of Health (NIH) trial. Those who had already had a heart attack experienced an even greater benefit--their chance of developing heart failure dropped by 80 percent.

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