CA Access News

February 2010

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Medicines in Development for Heart Disease and Stroke

In keeping up the momentum of recent drug discovery, that has helped reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke in half in the past three decades, biopharmaceutical companies are working on 312 new medicines for these diseases. Many of the potential medicines use cutting-edge technologies and new scientific approaches and include: 36 for high blood pressure, 33 for heart failure, 16 for heart attacks, and 22 for stroke. For example:

  • Human stem cells that may restore cardiac function by forming new heart muscle.
  • A new anticoagulant that regulates clot formation to prevent deep vein thrombosis.
  • A gene therapy that uses a patient's own cells to treat heart failure.

These new medicines promise to continue the already remarkable progress against heart disease and stroke, and raise the quality of life for patients suffering from these diseases. Read more

Partner Spotlight

BCHFBorrego Community Health Foundation

The mission of Borrego Community Health Foundation is to "become the hub of medical and related social services for the communities of Borrego Springs, Coachella Valley, Cathedral City, Julian and El Cajon and their adjoining geographic areas. The centers shall provide comprehensive affordable care and daily primary care and preventive care to all the residents regardless of the ability to pay.  The centers shall strive to maintain current services and to develop additional services to meet the medical and social needs of all these communities."

Today, with a staff of more than 220 providers and support personnel, the Borrego Community Health Foundation tailors primary and preventive health programs to meet the special needs of women, children, adolescents, senior citizens, immigrant farm workers, and those at risk of developing serious diseases such as diabetes. Without these and similar programs, many of the residents in this isolated desert region would have difficulty obtaining professional medical care.

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Renal Support Network 2010
Renal Teen Prom with Jack Black

A Woman in Need Gives Back
Los Angeles Times, December 19, 2009
Marianne Hill feared the worst last week when she was summoned from her office to the lobby of MEND, a Pacoima charity crowded with families in line to sign up for the Christmas boxes the group gives out each year.


Heart Disease is a Woman's Disease Too
San Jose Mercury News, February 3, 2010
Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of women in America. One in three women dies of heart disease. A majority of women believe that cancers pose a greater risk to women's health than heart disease, however 50 percent of women die from cardiovascular disease compared to 4 percent from breast cancer. In 2006, all cardiovascular diseases in the United States combined claimed the lives of almost twice as many females compared to all forms of cancer combined.

High Blood Pressure Seen as Prompting Dementia
San Francisco Chronicle, January 26, 2010
If the cardiologist's warnings don't scare you, consider this: Controlling blood pressure just might be the best protection yet known against dementia. In a flurry of new research, scientists scanned people's brains to show that hypertension fuels a kind of scarring linked to later development of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Those scars can start building up in middle age, decades before memory problems will appear.

Obese Kids May Face Heart Risks Later
KTVU-TV FOX 2, San Francisco, January 26, 2010
Children who are obese at age 7 face a higher risk of heart disease and stroke later in life, according to a new study from Nemours Children's Clinic.

Reducing Salt Can Have Dramatic Impact
KERO-TV ABC 23, Bakersfield, January 21, 2010
The government recommends that people consume no more than about one teaspoon of salt per day. But most Americans eat nearly double that amount, and it's taking a toll on the nation's health, according to researchers from the University of California at San Francisco. They used computer modeling to calculate the benefits of cutting daily salt by 3 grams. The results? As many as 92,000 lives saved each year -- thanks chiefly to reductions in heart disease.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Protect Against Cellular Aging
North County Times, January 20, 2010
Omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in seafood, may protect against cellular aging in patients with heart disease, according to a study in the Jan. 20 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study found that heart patients who had higher omega-3 levels tended to have longer telomeres, the protective ends of chromosomes. Telomeres shorten as people get older, giving a cellular indication of aging.

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Interesting Information

Heart Disease Facts

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2006 were in women.(1)
  • In 2006, a total of 631,636 people in the United States died of heart disease.* Of all deaths in the United States that year, 26%--or more than one in every four--were caused by heart disease.(1)
  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.(2)
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Hispanics, and Caucasians. For Asian Americans, heart disease is second only to cancer.(3)
  • In 2010, heart disease will cost the United States $316.4 billion.(2) This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

For more information about these facts, please visit the CDC Web site.

*For this fact sheet, the term "heart disease" refers to several different types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, also known as coronary heart disease.

1. Heron MP, Hoyert DL, Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: Final data for 2006 [PDF–2.3M]. National Vital Statistics Reports; 57(14). Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2009.
2. Lloyd-Jones D, Adams RJ, Brown TM, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2010 Update. A Report from the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee.* Circulation. 2010;121:e1-e170.
3. Heron MP. Deaths: Leading causes for 2004 [PDF–3.2M]. National Vital Statistics Reports; Vol. 56 No. 5. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2007.



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