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Resources by Topic: Cardiovascular disease

Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on identifying priority areas for the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers data on health conditions, demographics, and social determinants that may make a population more vulnerable to COVID-19. Also includes the location of hospitals. Users can upload their own COVID-19 patient profile data. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Trends in Heart Failure-Related Cardiovascular Mortality in Rural Versus Urban United States Counties, 2011–2018: A Cross-Sectional Study
Study comparing rates of cardiovascular disease in rural and urban areas at the county level. Analyzes CDC WONDER data on heart failure deaths related to cardiovascular disease between 2011 and 2018, comparing population demographics, socioeconomic characteristics, risk factor prevalence, and physician density. Discusses issues of access to care in rural areas with high rates of heart failure.
Author(s): Jacob B. Pierce, Nilay S. Shah, Lucia C. Petito, et al.
Citation: PLoS One, 16(3), e0246813
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
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Ensuring Contact: Calling Rural Appalachian Older Adults During the COVID-19 Epidemic
Presents a study on the well-being and healthcare needs of socially isolated adults 75 years and older during the COVID-19 pandemic in rural West Virginia. Bases conclusions on telephone interviews with seniors from April 1-22, 2020. Breaks down data by demographic characteristics, mental and physical health conditions, and comfort with different forms of communication technology, among other factors.
Author(s): Robert B Walker, Michael Grome, William Rollyson, Adam D Baus
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 21, 6122
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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Chronic Care Management - Understanding the Value & How it can Transform your Quality of Care
Webinar presented by a representative of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, identifying key components required to create a chronic care management (CCM) program in rural hospitals, listing quality measures and outcomes affected by the CCM process, and showing income opportunities CCM programs provide. Explains what data institutions should track in order to remain compliant with regulations, and shows ways that CMM programs can reduce negative patient outcomes. Transcript available by clicking the three dots above the Subscribe button.
Additional links: Slides
Author(s): Trudi Colby
Date: 12/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Association for Rural & Community Health Professional Coding, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
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Montana Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Bureau: June 2018-July 2020 Progress Report
Report highlights the public health efforts in the areas of tobacco cessation, diabetes and cancer reduction, and promoting physical activity, among other issues in Montana. Compares rates over a two year span and details the programs designed to address them.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Communication With American Indians and Alaska Natives About Cardiovascular Disease
Examines strategies for successfully conveying information about cardiovascular disease (CVD) to American Indians and Alaska Natives to reduce CVD morbidity and mortality among those populations. Features data and statistics on survey respondents' sources of information about CVD as well as their perception of CVD risk and perceived information sufficiency, with information broken down by location of residence, including reservations, rural areas or towns, and metropolitan areas.
Author(s): Amanda Boyd, Amber Fyfe-Johnson, Carolyn Noonan, Clemma Muller, Dedra Buchwald
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
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Urban-Rural Differences in Visits to Office-based Physicians by Adults With Hypertension: United States, 2014–2016
Examines urban-rural differences in office-based physician visits made by adults 18 and older with hypertension. Provides data by age group, by sex, and by race/ethnicity for non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, and Hispanic populations.
Additional links: Questions for the Lead Author, NCHStats blog
Author(s): Danielle Davis, Pinyao Rui
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Sociodemographic and Geographic Variation in Awareness of Stroke Signs and Symptoms Among Adults — United States, 2017
Reports on knowledge of the five signs and symptoms of stroke and the immediate need to call emergency medical services among adults 20 years and older. Includes data by county urbanicity for rural counties, small and medium metro counties, and large metro counties.
Author(s): Sandra L. Jackson, Brian Legvold, Anjel Vahratian, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(44), 1617-1621
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Joint Effect of Race/Ethnicity or Location of Residence and Sex on Low Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol among Veterans with Type 2 Diabetes: A 10-year Retrospective Cohort Study
Details a study exploring the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, and rurality in the effective management of cardiovascular disease by veterans with type 2 diabetes. Highlights the importance and difficulty of managing low-density lipoproteins (LDL) for patients with both cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Breaks down data by race, sex, and rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Erin R. Weeda, Kinfe G. Bishu, Ralph Ward, et al.
Citation: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 20, 449
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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The Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative Medication Therapy Management Model: Public Health and Pharmacy Working Together to Improve Population Health in the Mississippi Delta
Examined the effects of a medication therapy management (MTM) intervention on patients in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the Mississippi Delta region. Includes data on clinical measures before and after MTM for patients with diabetes, hypertension, and/or dyslipidemia.
Author(s): Leigh Ann Ross, Lauren Bloodworth, Meagan Brown, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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