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Does lowering circulating lipoprotein(a) levels influence cardiovascular outcomes?

A comprehensive research strategy and plan is needed to determine the most efficient, safe, cost-effective and widely applicable strategy to decrease circulating levels of lipoprotein(a) and to determine whether lowering circulating lipoprotein(a) levels will reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease such as a heart attack or a stroke as well as the progression of atherosclerosis or aortic stenosis.

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Approximately 20% of the population are characterized by elevated circulating levels of lipoprotein(a), regardless of age, gender or blood cholesterol levels. Estimates suggest that up to 90% of the variation in plasma lipoprotein(a) levels could be due to genetic factors, which makes lipoprotein(a) the most prevalent inherited risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Large-scale genetic studies have shown that Lipoprotein(a) was the strongest genetic determinant of CVD such as atherosclerosis and aortic stenosis. Lipoprotein(a) is one of the strongest predictors of residual CVD risk and has been shown to improve CVD risk prediction in several population-based studies. Lipoprotein(a) is also one of the strongest known risk factors for spontaneous ischemic stroke in childhood.

A comprehensive research strategy aiming at identifying, evaluating interaction with other risk factors, treating and educating patients with elevated lipoprotein(a) levels would result in substantial reductions of health care costs in the US and around the globe by reducing the burden of CVD while simultaneously improving the quality of life of these patients.

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The list of pharmaceutical agents that reduce lipoprotein(a) levels is steadily increasing. There are approximately half a dozen strategies that have been shown to significantly and safely lower lipoprotein(a) levels. One of the challenges of this research strategy will be to determine which of these strategies represent the most efficient, safe, cost-effective and widely applicable approach to lower lipoprotein(a) levels and CVD outcomes.

Increasing awareness on lipoprotein(a) and CVD will also be of utmost importance for this effort as relatively few physicians perform lipoprotein(a) testing and even fewer patients are aware of their lipoprotein(a) level. The first sign of high lipoprotein(a) is often a heart attack or stroke. Our challenge will be to identify patients with high lipoprotein(a) that could be enrolled in trials of risk characterization and lipoprotein(a)-lowering.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sandra Revill Tremulis on behalf of the Lipoprotein(a) Foundation Scientific Advisory Board

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Prevent the Development of COPD

What can be done to prevent the development of COPD in individuals at increased risk. Quitting smoking before the development of COPD can prevent COPD development. What can be done to prevent COPD for individuals with other identified ris factors

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Several risk factors have been identified that identify individuals at risk for developing COPD including low birth weight, poor maximally attained lung function and the presence of asthma. Strategies to prevent COPD development in these individuals are needed.

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The Lung Health Study demonstrated that smoking cessation prevents COPD progression. Studies of similar size and duration should be organized to address other risk factors.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : COPD Foundation, COPDF MASAC

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Adult cardiovascular risk in patients with congenital heart disease

Do patients with congenital heart disease have the same, higher, or lower risk for coronary artery disease as they age into adulthood?

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By improving our understanding of cardiovascular risk in patients with congenital heart disease we may be able to improve our surveillance for disease and intervene earlier to address this risk factors. The adult population with congenital heart disease is undergoing rapid growth.

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The adult population with congenital heart disease is undergoing rapid growth. Novel uses of electronic health records (EHRs) and registries may enable us to answer these questions in a cost-efficient manner.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Restoring Balance to Stroke Prevention in Older AFib Patients

Improving Tools for Anticoagulation Decision-Making

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AFib increases stroke risk by five-fold and doubles the risk that a stroke will result in permanent disability. While oral anticoagulation (OAC) is highly effective at reducing stroke risk, elderly patients are often under-anticoagulated. This is in part due to an under-appreciation of the stroke risk associated with AFib and the tendency of some health care professionals to prioritize perceived bleeding risk over stroke prophylaxis. Because current bleeding risk assessment tools are imperfect and largely unable to predict patients who are likely to have bleeding complications, they are often not utilized—or if used, do not truly predict which patients are at risk of a bleed. An improved bleeding risk tool is critical to improved risk assessment in the elderly. That bleeding risk tool should then be combined with the stroke risk tool for single risk stratification to streamline anticoagulation decision-making.

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Developing effective integrated risk assessment tools is feasible only if there is consensus on the validity of the clinical information being provided. The approach to this critical challenge is two-fold. First, needed research that improves the reliability of bleeding risk assessment in the elderly should be pursued. Second, stroke and bleeding risk tools should be combined into a single risk stratification tool. This will require significant investment and focus, but the resulting bleeding risk assessment combined with the accepted CHA2DS2-VASc score, would significantly impact the 40 - 60% of patients who are currently not on an anticoagulant and are at increased risk of stroke and death.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : AFib Optimal Treatment Task Force

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Identifying the High Venous Thromboembolism-Risk Individual

Over 500,000 incident or recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) events occur annually in the US. Almost one-quarter of acute pulmonary embolism patients suffer sudden death. To improve survival, the occurrence of VTE must be reduced. However, the incidence of VTE has increased over the last 30 years. Moreover, near universal prophylaxis of patients hospitalized for surgery or for medical illness has not reduced hospitalization-associated ...more »

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Effective and safe VTE prophylaxis regimens are widely available but near universal prophylaxis of hospitalized patients has failed to reduce the occurrence of VTE. Moreover, about half of all VTE events in the community are unrelated to hospitalization. Known major VTE risk factors account for about 85% of all VTE disease in the community but have a poor predictive value for the individual. Identifying the high VTE-risk individual by incorporating genetic variation and biomarkers into clinical risk prediction scores will reduce VTE occurrence by allowing providers to stratify VTE risk and target risk factor modification and/or intensive VTE prophylaxis to the high VTE-risk individual.

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Genetic variation and plasma biomarkers associated with VTE have been identified among individuals of European ancestry and are readily available for incorporation into clinical VTE risk prediction tools. Limited work has identified genetic variation associated with VTE among individuals of African ancestry but more work is needed in this area. Active cancer accounts for about 20% of all incident VTE and genetic variation associated with VTE compounds VTE risk in cancer patients. More work is needed to identify plasma biomarkers and cancer tissue expression characteristics that are associated with VTE in cancer patients. Acute trauma/fracture accounts for about 12% of all VTE in the community and these patients are at high risk for both VTE and anticoagulant-associated bleeding. More work is needed to incorporate genetic variation and plasma biomarkers into risk prediction scores for the individual acute trauma/fracture patient. Finally, large candidate gene and GWA studies have identified relatively common, low VTE-risk genetic variation that together account for about 5% of VTE. Clearly, additional as yet, unidentified high VTE-risk genes exist. Additional studies are needed to identify these high VTE-risk genes, both in populations of European and African origin.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : John A. Heit, MD

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Community Collaborative Research Targeting Populations with CVD

In what ways can researchers better collaborate with community representatives from populations with high prevalence / morbidity / mortality of cardiovascular disease (CVD) to enhance and sustain interventions and achieve improved health outcomes? How can a combination of health behaviors and risk factors be used to conduct community-engaged research to prevent and treat CVD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ...more »

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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Studies designed to engage target populations at high risk for diseases such as CVD, COPD and stroke would help prevent and effectively treat such diseases. Comprehensive interventions addressing health behaviors and risk factors especially in co-morbid conditions will promote the administration of suitable therapies and adherence to medication regimens. Community consultation would generate more effective interventions and accelerate the translation of research results into practice.

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The NHLBI formed COPD working group could be enhanced to engage additional stakeholders like community representatives and community-engaged researchers. Research could be conducted to implement the AHA 2020 impact goals to reduce CVD morbidity and mortality. Cultural adaptations of proven modalities are needed to reach populations most at risk to reduce health disparities. These populations include African Americans, Hispanics (including their subpopulations), and American Indians.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Risk Mitigation of Implantable Cardiovascular Devices

There is a serious need to improve implantable cardiovascular devices to eliminate, or at least substantially reduce, the risk of serious adverse events from occurring to more effectively treat patients.

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Cardiovascular devices would be more widely used to treat such cardiovascular diseases as heart failure, coronary artery disease, valvular disease and, therefore, have a greater public health benefit. Furthermore, costs associated with treating the serious adverse events (e.g. hospitalizations, therapeutics, etc.) would decrease.

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Technologies such as surface coatings and topographies as well as evolved design tools are under development already or are being used to mitigate the risks of devices currently being used or under development. A more concerted effort to do this would almost certainly help to substantially reduce the risks further, especially over the next 5-10 years.

Despite the widespread and growing use of implantable cardiovascular devices such as ventricular assist devices, stents, and prosthetic heart valves, substantial serious adverse events such as infections, neurological events, and bleeding limits the efficacy and use of the devices. Scientific and technological breakthroughs in such areas as biomaterials, design tools, coatings, and concomitant pharmacologic therapy are needed to address this challenge.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Risk scores for valvular heart disease

What is an appropriate risk score for intervention in valvular heart disease?

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More accurate risk estimates would provide clinicians with clearer guidance in selecting how and when to intervene in valvular heart disease.

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The advent and rapid advance of transcatheter therapy for valvular heart disease makes this an opportune time to develop metrics to determine whether transcatheter or surgical intervention is most appropriate and when.

The decision to intervene, as well as the type of intervention, is based on individual risk scores such as the STS risk estimate or the Euroscore. However, these scores are derived only from surgical patients and do not take into account procedure-specific impediments, major organ system compromise, comorbidities, or the frailty of the patient.

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Venous Thromboembolism

How can individual VTE risk-assessment scoring be combined with promising biomarker candidates in order to help predict risk in the general patient population and prevent unprovoked low-risk VTE cases?

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The VTE field is approaching a new era of therapy in which predictive measures at the primary care level will identify those patients most at risk for VTE. With the identification of predictive biomarkers for VTE occurrence, efforts will be necessary to develop point-of-care or in-home biomarker testing devices to improve risk-assessment scoring and identification, so that patients could then be treated before progression. It will also be critical to accelerate risk-scoring systems that are beginning to incorporate biomarker candidates into the algorithm for use in clinical trials. Studies that will focus on correlating risk-assessment scores and biomarker research findings will provide a more accurate risk prediction and diagnostic value.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Alice Kuaban on behalf of the American Society of Hematology (ASH)

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Develop biomarker panel to predict CVD risk in -omics era

There is a need to utilize the vast data generated in -omics research to develop biomarker panels for better prediction of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks. •Cardiovascular diseases develop over decades and different panels of markers may be required for different stages •Lead molecules as potential biomarkers need to be selected by a panel of experts •Standard procedures about sample preparation, data acquisition, ...more »

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•Develop specific and sensitive markers for early prevention with more predictive power. Biomarkers that can detect specific perturbations in the system, such as metabolic status and vascular integrity prior to the occurrence of the diseases can be used for early preventive treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

 

•Identify vulnerable population who cannot be identified by the current LDL-HDL profiling

 

•Allow for more personalized treatment

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•An increase in system biology studies using –omic approaches have provided huge data to mine through and find potential biomarkers, such as microRNA, DNA, lipids, proteins, and other metabolites, which can be used to assess changes proceeding cardiovascular diseases occurrence.

 

•The NIH-wide Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative launched in 2012 may have laid out some framework.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Young Adult Research

How to manage CVD risk factors in young adults

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Management of hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors among young adults (18 to <40 years old) in the U.S.

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Can Psychological Science Improve Weight Loss?

Will sensitivity to the psychological aspects of obesity, including lifestyle priorities and motivations, improve the efficacy of long-term effectiveness of weight loss and obesity prevention interventions?

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A primary focus on principles of psychology may result in significantly improved control of the obesity epidemic. Effective interventions could reduce the risk of diabetes, sleep apnea, and hypertension. This research could also affect clinical practice guidelines for weight loss and obesity treatment.

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Psychological science has been successful in developing effective treatments for a number of conditions, including sleep disorders, depressive symptoms, anxiety and phobias. Many of the behavioral principles employed in such interventions (e.g., cognitive restructuring, motivational methods) could be translated for the prevention and treatment of obesity within a reasonable time frame. Additional attention should be directed to the needs of population subgroups in which obesity is most prevalent.

In their Viewpoint article on weight loss intervention research, Pagoto and Appelhans (JAMA, 2013, see attachment) question whether a continued focus on dietary factors in research on weight loss and obesity is warranted. Their commentary raises the importance of attention to the individual psychological characteristics that influence adherence to weight loss interventions rather than dietary composition.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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