"THE HEART OF THE MATTER"
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)


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Week: 593.4 

Guest: Martha Hill, PhD. Health information, Behavioral Sci. Johns Hopkins,New President, American Heart Association.

Topic: Bringing research ideas into practice

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

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NEMA: Martha Hill is a professor of nursing at Johns Hopkins, and the new president of the American Heart Association...and one of her goals is to bring the benefits of research in social and behavioral science forward into everyday practice...  

HILL: And this goes all the way from something as simple as giving patients pre-appointment reminders... all the way up to the fact that we know that even in people who have had heart attacks, they need to have their risk factors...for example their blood pressure and their cholesterol levels...very carefully managed. But some recent studies have shown that only a third of the patients who are discharged from hospitals after a bypass or PTCA or myocardial infarction actually have all their risk factors evaluated and monitored and treated. And in a recent study of women with heart disease, who had high blood cholesterols, only 9% of those women had their cholesterol levels treated to goal levels. 

NEMA: Hill says coordinated care might be accomplished by computers that could automatically track continued or preventive care. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.