Featured research from the QCOR Scientific Sessions:


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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