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Featured research from the QCOR Scientific Sessions:

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Friends, family valued by patients
Most patients consult family first in assessing their heart failure symptoms.

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Red-earth-heart2 Tele-monitoring ups  African-American  patient satisfaction
Low-income African-American heart failure patients who used an at-home monitoring system found it easy to use.

3

Traumatic events threaten women’s heart health
Traumatic life events such as losing a child or a spouse increased the chances of a heart attack by more than 65 percent among middle-aged and older women.

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Faster care  for 911 callers  in rural areas 
Arriving to the hospital by ambulance speeds up life-saving treatment for heart attack patients in rural areas, according to research published Wednesday.

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Care comparable between doctors, non-doctors
While studies have shown the quality of care provided by physicians and non-physicians in cardiology practices is comparable, this study compared cardiovascular care quality between physicians and non-physicians in the primary care setting.

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Patients treated at high-performing hospitals live longer
Hospitals often are assessed on the rate at which heart attack patients die within 30 days of admission. Hospitals with low 30-day risk standardized mortality rates, are considered high-performing.

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Language barriers didn’t hinder clot treatment
Researchers found patients with limited English proficiency were more likely to receive the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator than patients who spoke English.

8

LVADs may lead to declines in health
Left ventricular assist devices are life-prolonging devices for many patients with advanced heart failure but they also may leave some patients in poor health or with declines in brain function.

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Hispanic women have higher life expectancy
Hispanic women have an average life expectancy of 87 years—six years longer than Caucasian women.