Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Does epinephrine improve outcomes in OHCA

Epinephrine is the primary drug that is used in resuscitation but observational studies and a few small RCT suggest that it improves short term but not long term outcomes. Factors such as timing, dose, quality fo CPR and post-resuscitation care all confound the issue. Large RCTs conducted at multiple centers are desperately needed to address this question.

Submitted by (@dayam0)

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If short terms outcomes are improved but not long term outcomes, we are only adding costs and not improving population health

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Will require a large prehospital clinical trials network and ideally also a current national registry of OHCA to address secular changes in other confounding variables

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Mohamud Daya

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Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Evaluation of large-scale regulatory efforts in the US and elsewhere

A number of cities(e.g Berkeley), states and countries (e.g Mexico's SSB tax, Chiles SSB and soon marketing controls and food package front of package label) will go into effect. Rigorous evaluations of the efforts will provide some sense of their potential to effect food purchase and dietary pattern and ultimately cardiometaboiic changes. Serious rigorous independent evaluations are needed to learn if these options--pushed ...more »

Submitted by (@popkin)

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We must learn what we can from the natural experiments not only in the US but globally about both the effects of these efforts on food industry behavior as well as household and individual food purchases and dietary patterns and subsequently their effects on obesity and key cardiometabolic outcomes. This requires serious rigorous teams of scholars to utilize a combination of commercial data sets on food purchases, individual diet, body composition measures of obesity and fat composition and biomarkers.

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These efforts are occurring and will be accelerating across many countries in Asia and Latin America. At the same time many cities or states in the US are moving to implement limited sets of key changes. There is a pressing need to learn if these efforts truly will matter and what changes would be needed to enhance their impact, if any. Finding large-scale regulatory ways to reduce improve our diets, prevent/reduce the prevalence of obesity and all the diet and obesity-related NCD's is critical.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Barry Popkin

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Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Shall we increase the transparency of the grant review process to prevent potential biases?

Financial and intellectual conflict(s) of interest are common in academic medical sciences. Those conflicts could potentially bias decisions of study section members and change grant application outcomes. During the grant review process, financial and/or intellectual conflict(s) of interest disclosures of the study section members are not readily available to the grant applicants or the public. Should the NHBI increase ...more »

Submitted by (@escalante.patricio)

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Increased transparency in the grant review process will provide a more plain level field for all applications, including new investigators with novel ideas.

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Public disclosure of financial (more than intellectual) conflict(s) of interest are becoming the standard in medical societies and scientific publications.

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How to organize artificial pulsatile propelling of blood maintaining the balanced circulation?

Venous pressure, being very low, distends (deforms) the ventricle - but due to elastic or viscous law of deformation? Elastic deformation depends on stress (pressure) only and the viscous one - on stress and time. When pressures are low you can't get large distention due to stress only (time-independent) unlike the case when you apply low stress and long time interval. If we want to use venous pressure as one of regulators ...more »

Submitted by (@yuri.astrakhan)

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The impact (in case of constructive solution of the problem) can be expected as a breakthrough in the field of engineering of extracorporal circulatory devices and artificial heart. More exactly: the impact will concern the dosage of blood while filling of the ventricle - without intrusion into the essential levels of venous pressure (the levels play the role of regulators together with levels of diastolic arterial pressure).

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The feasibility of implementation (engineering of a device) of the above idea depends on preliminary supercomputer modeling of blood circulation based on simulation of viscous relaxation of ventricle combined with the controlling of circulation according to the deduced equation (see the reference).

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Kamnev Yuri

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Updating level C evidence in Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines depends on good science. Despite this, only 11% of guidelines that reported level of evidence in 2009, had level of evidence A while 48% had level C. Studies have shown that recommendations based on Level of Evidence C (or their equivalence) are significantly less reliable and may be downgraded, reversed or omitted when better evidence is available. I propose a comprehensive review of ACC/AHA ...more »

Submitted by (@glancast)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

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Upgrading the level of evidence that recommendations are based on in clinical guidelines, will potentially improve outcomes, reduce unnecessary risk and reduce cost of all aspects of cardiovascular care.

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There are three phases:

1) Review the current published clinical guidelines (and Appropriate Use Criteria) for recommendations relying on level of evidence of C- Very feasible.

2) Ranking impact of clinical recommendations that only have level of evidence C- Quite feasible, but will need to set up a protocol and review committee.

3) Designing and funding high priority studies: Feasible- especially if done under the umbrella of the NHLBI. The challenges will be to set up good studies that supply enough data to be useful in making recommendations based on Level of evidence A in the Guidelines.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Gilead Lancaster, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine

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Training and mentor support in global health

Why can’t all training grants (T, K, etc) be opened out to all people working in US institutions, regardless of citizenship or green-card?

Why can’t we establish mechanisms for US junior investigators and mentors interested in global NHLBI areas?

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Compelling Question (CQ)

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Current policy does not allow non-citizens and green-card holders to apply for most K and T grants. However, given the changing nature of US workforce, this policy needs to change. Current mechanisms do not easily enable US investigators to get support for global work……training and/or research.

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Why not?

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : K.M. Venkat Narayan

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Interactions between anticoagulant therapy and antiretroviral drugs

Cardiovascular pathology has become a major problem in the management of the HIV-infected patient during the ART era. A large number of HIV patients will receive anticoagulants drugs for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. It is therefore critical to understand the interactions between antiretroviral therapy and anticoagulant therapy to safely treat HIV patients.

Submitted by (@pandrea)

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With over 50% of HIV-infected patients in the US anticipated to be > 50 years of age by 2015, the overall risk of CVD will be significantly higher and could become the main challenge for the management of chronic HIV infection. A large number of HIV-infected patients with CVD will therefore need treatment for primary and secondary prevention of atherothrombotic events. The secondary prevention of CVD almost invariably includes prescription of one or multiple anticoagulants drugs. It is therefore conceivable that anticoagulant therapies will be frequently associated with ART for the management of HIV patients, which already developed CVD. The interactions between these therapies are not well studied and are critical for the management of the HIV-infected patients.

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Feasibility: 1) retrospective studies on a large number of HIV patients that had cardiovascular events and were treated with antiretroviral drugs; 2) prospective studies comparing different antiretroviral regimens associated with the most current anticoagulant therapy recommended for secondary prevention of CV disease; 3) use of animal models of AIDS for testing new anticoagulants and the interaction with the antiretroviral drugs.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Ivona Pandrea

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Use Buteyko breath retraining to help patients manage and monitor their lung condition.

Buteyko Breath Retraining has been verified by the AHQR, Thorax Journal and other organizations as a legitimate technique to improve the symptoms of asthma and related respiratory illness. This simple technique could be instituted for a low cost to improve the quality of life of patients, reduce medications necessary for good control and save taxpayers and insurance companies a great deal of money.

Submitted by (@breathinglady)

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Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Developing adherence research to reduce unnecessary mobility/mortality/cost

From Cochrane Review NOV 20 2014 RB Haynes “It is uncertain how medicine adherence can consistently be improved so that the full health benefits of medicines can be realized. We need more advanced methods for researching ways to improve medicine adherence, including better interventions, better ways of measuring adherence, and studies that include sufficient patients to draw conclusions on clinically important effects.” ...more »

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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Effective medication exists to prevent or control most chronic diseases. The problem is that patients do not follow medical recommendations for a myriad of reasons. UNNECESSARY mortality, morbidity, poor quality of life and cost are the result of nonadherence. Intensive systematic research over a decade is the key to address the proposed challenge.

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I have developed an hypothesis, currently being examined in a controlled study by NIHLBI, that merits further evaluation. One component(J Allergy Clin Immunol: In Practice 2013;1:23) is objective measuring of asthma patients with MDI electronic monitors that need technological improvement (battery life, measure inspiration). Patients evaluated in emergency department for most chronic diseases can be objectively evaluated for adherence by assays of medication that currently are available since they exist and necessary for medication to be approved by the FDA. Other components include: coordinated identification of patient barriers; application of clinical decision support strategies to specific barriers identified; patient-centered communication skills to deliver strategies in one delivery system. Many other interventions by other researchers may also be considered during the decade.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Andrew Weinstein and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

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Improving patient-clinician communication and decision-making for patients wiith serious heart, lung or blood diseases

How can we ensure that patients with serious heart, lung, or blood diseases fully understand their prognosis, treatment options, and the risks and benefits of those options and help them make decisions that fully incorporate their own personal values, goals, and treatment preferneces?

Submitted by (@jrc000)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

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Patients with serious heart, lung and blood diseases are often faced with dificult treatment decisions that involve tradeoffs and long-term consequences without adequate understanding of their prognosis and the risks and benefits of treatment. There is emerging consensus that a shared decision-making approach provides the best support for patients and their families in this situcation, but there is evidence that this is not happening and there is inadequate data to guide the best approach to ensuring it does happen. Dramatic advances in treatment technologies make treatment choices ever more complex and often make the tradeoffs more difficult to fully understand. Advances in our ability to help patients and their families through this decision-making process have not kept up with these advances in treatment options.

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Incorporation of palliative care approaches, decision aides, and improvements in clinician-patient communication provide the opportunity to make important advances in this area, but have not been fully developed or incorporated. There is an opportunity to advance the communication, decision-making, and implementation science to have a dramatic impact on enhancing healthcare and quality of life for patients and thier families.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH

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Vascular disease awareness

Increase awareness of vascular disease in the population. Public recognition and understanding is poor, despite high prevalence. ­ Improve public education about vascular diseases, the risk factors, early signs, and treatment.

Submitted by (@societyforvascularsurgery)

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Society for Vascular Surgery

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Additional research needed to identify various contributors of obesity

What are the specific contributors of obesity that lead to chronic positive energy balance and surplus energy storage?

Submitted by (@mturner)

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

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Obesity is a health crisis of epic proportions. About 34% of adults in the US have obesity, up from 31 % in 1999 and about 15% in the years 1960 to 1980. The chronic diseases that result from obesity annually cost over $150 billion in weight-related medical bills. Reduction of obesity improves cardiovascular and other health outcomes, yet what is currently known about obesity is inadequate to combat the global obesity epidemic. A comprehensive understanding about the mechanics of obesity may help in developing more effective preventive and treatment strategies, which in turn will substantially improve cardiovascular and other health measures.

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Years of obesity research have revealed the complex nature of this disease and its multi-factorial etiology. While research has firmly established the role of energy balance in weight gain and weight loss, it is important to discover upstream factors that predispose only certain individuals to energy imbalance. This may be addressed by further focusing on newly identified putative contributors of obesity, including but not limited to the impact of sleep deprivation, ambient temperature, age at first pregnancy, intrauterine and intergenerational factors, neuro-endocrine factors, epigenetics, environmental chemicals and endocrine disruptors, gut microbes, infections and the immune system, and social and behavioral factors associated with obesogenic behaviors. These studies may provide mechanistic insight that may also lead to the development of new pharmacological approaches. It is possible that cause-specific prevention or treatment approaches may yield more effective results than generic approaches that do not necessarily consider upstream modulators of energy imbalance, or inter-individual differences.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : The Obesity Society

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