Cardiovascular diseases

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Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk Estimator 09/18/14

The Risk Estimator enables health care providers and patients to estimate 10-year and lifetime risks for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), defined as coronary death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or fatal or nonfatal stroke, based on the Pooled Cohort Equations and lifetime risk prediction tools.

The information required to estimate ASCVD risk includes age, sex, race, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, systolic blood pressure, blood pressure–lowering medication...

2013 National Healthcare Disparities Report 06/26/14

The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) is to identify the differences or gaps through which some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.
The 2013 report presents expanded analyses on quality of care and access to care for people with disabilities, who represent 20...

2013 National Healthcare Quality Report 06/19/14

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the Nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care.

The theme of the 2013 report highlights one of AHRQ's priority populations, individuals with...

2011 National Healthcare Quality Report 05/21/12

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient-centeredness, and efficiency of care.

The 2011 report presents expanded analyses of care received by older Americans. It also...

Effective Health Care Program: Research Summaries for Consumers, Clinicians, and Policymakers 01/13/12

These research summaries, for consumers, clinicians, and policymakers, provide information about the benefits and risks of different treatments for different health conditions. The summaries are based on comparative effectiveness reviews that cover numerous health topics. The summaries are not clinical recommendations or guidelines and should not be interpreted as such.

The covered health topics include:

  • Breathing conditions
  • Cancer
  • Developmental...
Health Risk Assessments 11/22/10

These free assessments for consumers present information about various health conditions and the risks connected with them. Users will receive a Personal Health Report, which includes a summary of their results, information about their specific risk factors, and ways to improve their health.

The assessments cover the following health issues:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Weight
  • Stroke
  • Vascular disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer...
Cardiovascular Diseases: Patient Brochures and Clinician Fact Sheets 07/23/09

These brochures for patients and fact sheets for health care providers explain the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for several cardiovascular diseases.

For patients:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks (men)
  • Taking aspirin to prevent strokes (women)

For health care providers:

  • Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm...
If You Have Diabetes. . . Know Your Cholesterol Numbers 12/17/07

This brochure for people with diabetes describes the links between diabetes and cardiovascular disease and emphasizes the importance of maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.

This brochure addresses the following topics:

  • Why should I care about heart disease and stroke if I have diabetes?
  • Diabetes increases your risk for heart and blood vessel problems
  • How does diabetes hurt my blood vessels?
  • Fat in your blood
  • What are healthy...
Quick Health Data Online 12/17/07

This database provides State- and county-level health data for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and possessions. Data are available by gender and race/ethnicity and come from a variety of National and State sources. Users can generate custom tables, graphs, and maps.

Database users follow a three-step process:

  1. Select variables, from among 11 categories:
    • Health care access
    • Codes and status for geographic area
    • ...
The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2006: Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 12/17/07

This guide, based on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations, was developed to assist clinicians with providing clinical preventive care to their patients.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Preventive services recommended by the USPSTF
  • Recommendations for adults
    • Cancer
    • Heart and vascular diseases
    • Infectious diseases
    • Injury and violence
    • Mental health conditions...

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