CA Access News

February 2011

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Celebrating American Heart Month

Nearly 300 Medicines in Development to Treat Two Leading Causes of Death: Heart Disease and Stroke

Drug discoveries played a major role in reducing American deaths from heart attacks and stroke by 28% between 1997 and 2007, yet cardiovascular disease still claims an American life every 39 seconds.

Working to reduce the toll further, America's biopharmaceutical research companies are developing 299 medicines to prevent and treat heart disease and stroke, according to a new report released by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

The report, released on the first day of American Heart Month, demonstrates the wide range of medicines in development for cardiovascular disease. All medicines referenced are in clinical trials or awaiting Food & Drug Administration (FDA) review.

"Medicines developed for cardiovascular health over the last three decades are in large measure responsible for preventing more than a million American deaths a year," said PhRMA President and CEO John J. Castellani. "We have made and continue to make great progress in treating cardiovascular disease, but we also urge all Americans to take every precaution available to prevent it." Read more

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HEALTH CARE REFORM: Latinos not being sold on the benefits

By John Gonzales and Yurina Rico
CHCF Center for Health Reporting, La Opinion, February 7, 2011

Even as Latinos cope with the highest uninsured rates in the country, and grapple disproportionately with health issues like diabetes and heart disease, experts say reform’s implications for the burgeoning Latino electorate are going largely unnoticed.

If the legislation withstands court challenges and political opposition to reach the full implementation planned for 2014, it would provide medical coverage to more than 2.1 million Latinos statewide. That includes many of the one in three San Joaquin Valley Latino residents without health insurance. Read more

Partner Spotlight

American Heart Association – Western States Affiliate

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question."

The American Heart Association works every minute of every day to advance groundbreaking medical research, spread lifesaving knowledge and reach out to people of all ages about cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Last year alone, the Western States Affiliate funded millions in research to fight heart disease and stroke. AHA's lifesaving work is funded by events such as Start! Heart Walks, Heart Balls, Go Red For Women Luncheons, Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart; by memorial gifts and by donations to their workplace giving and mail campaigns. Individuals, corporations and foundations support our work with generous donations. Planned giving vehicles include wills, trusts, gift annuities and gifts of appreciated assets.

The AHA's impact goal is, by 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.



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In the News

Pointers for measuring your blood pressure at home
By Amina Khan
Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2011

Just as American Heart Month begins, a reader sent in a question on checking blood pressure at home -- which, as it turns out, is more nuanced than it looks. So what's the proper way to go about it?

There are a couple of concerns when using a home monitoring device to measure blood pressure: which arm to use, and how long to wait before testing. Luckily, the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Assn. have some guidance on the subject.

AMERICAN HEART MONTH: Exercise regularly -- your heart, body and soul will thank you
By Dr. Rachel Chaney
Nevada Appeal, Tuesday, February 8, 2011

While there are numerous benefits to exercise and physical activity, one of the most important benefits is heart health. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the top risk factors for heart disease and stroke. People who don't exercise have higher rates of heart disease and death compared to people who perform even mild to moderate amounts of physical activity. Even activities like gardening, walking or golfing can lower your risk of heart disease.

Feb. events draw attention to dangers of heart disease
By Alyssa Harvey
The Bowling Green Daily News, February 8, 2011

"More women die from heart disease than from the other four leading causes of death, including all cancers. More children die of congenital heart defects than all three childhood cancers combined," said Michelle Alloway, division director for the American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate. "Unless it happens to someone personally, they don't think about it."

Interesting Information

Could Mom's Stroke Predict Her Daughter's Heart Attack?
By Meredith Melnick
Time Magazine, February 3, 2011

A new study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, finds that a mother's history of stroke may affect her daughter's chances of having a heart attack.

Researchers from the University of Oxford looked at 2,200 men and women who had had heart attacks, stroke or some other coronary problem. Overall, more than 24% of those who had had heart disease had a family history of stroke in a first-degree relative, like a parent or sibling. About the same percentage of patients who had had a stroke themselves also had a family history of stroke.

But the pattern of association was particularly interesting when broken down by sex. Women who had suffered heart attacks or angina were more than twice as likely to have a maternal history of stroke than stroke history in their father. That link was not found in men with heart disease. The maternal stroke link also persisted regardless of the mother's history of heart attack.


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