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Growth in hospital prices and payments outpaced growth in physician prices and payments from 2007 through 2014

Hospital Prices Growing Faster Than Physician Prices

Efforts to reduce health care spending should focus on hospital prices
Use of nurse navigators can improve care coordination and outcomes following hospitalization for an acute myocardial infarction

Nurse Navigators Aid Outcomes After Heart Attack Discharge

Observed benefits include reducing acute myocardial infarction readmission, mortality
For patients with an admitting diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome and/or acute decompensated heart failure

Discharge Opioid Rx for Heart Dz Patients May Impact Follow-Up

Findings seen in patients with admitting diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, decompensated heart failure
Among postmenopausal women

Artificially Sweetened Drinks Linked to Stroke After Menopause

Risk for all stroke, ischemic stroke, CHD, all-cause mortality up with highest level of consumption
Most patients with atrial fibrillation report at least one identifiable trigger

Most A-Fib Patients Have at Least One Identifiable Trigger

Triggers more commonly associated with family history of atrial fibrillation, less likely with CHF
People with a wide variety of chronic diseases are less physically active than individuals without chronic diseases

Physical Activity Down Across Chronic Disease Subgroups

Mental health disorders tied to lowest moderate activity; those with CVD have lowest vigorous activity
In older adults

CVD Does Not Modify Depression-Mortality Link in Elderly

Depression tied to higher death risk in older adults; CVD explains just small fraction of excess mortality
In the latest evidence-based guideline from the American College of Chest Physicians

Guidelines Updated for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Adults

New evidence led to development of two new recommendations for combination therapy
The correlation between posttraumatic stress disorder and cardiovascular disease is not independent and is explained by physical and psychiatric conditions and smoking

Coexisting Medical Conditions, Smoking Explain PTSD-CVD Link

No link seen after adjustment for smoking, sleep disorder, substance use disorder, anxiety disorders, depression
The opioid epidemic is driving a steep increase in infection-related stroke hospitalizations

ASA: Opioid Epidemic Tied to Infection-Related Stroke

Number of hospitalizations steady in 1993 to 2008, but increased significantly in 2008 to 2015