Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.  Although there have been major advances, many opportunities exist to improve heart disease prevention. National efforts like the Million Hearts initiative emphasize the importance of primary and secondary cardiovascular disease prevention and the control of major factors that cause heart disease, including hypertension, cholesterol, and smoking. Research in our division aims to develop and test ways to improve the recognition and treatment of individuals who are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease by using health information technology, healthcare teams, patient education, and outreach to improve the control of cholesterol and high blood pressure.

 

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Diabetes Link was created by Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and community partners for adult patients with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes who need to lose weight. It was a FREE telephone service that helps patients find and use community resources, like exercise classes, gyms and healthy cooking classes.

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Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Public Health

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What blood pressure is, how to control it, and why it's important. 4 minutes.

Part 6 of a 7-part series discussing how diabetes is caused, how it affects the body, and how to live with it.

Our diabetes modules are designed to teach patients of all levels of literacy and education about the causes of diabetes, its treatment, and its effect on everyday life.  Each module is available as a video or as a printable PDF, in both English and Spanish.

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Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission
Associate Professor

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What cholesterol is, how to control it, and why it's important. 6 minutes.

Part 7 of a 7-part series discussing how diabetes is caused, how it affects the body, and how to live with it.

Our diabetes modules are designed to teach patients of all levels of literacy and education about the causes of diabetes, its treatment, and its effect on everyday life.  Each module is available as a video or as a printable PDF, in both English and Spanish.

Authoring Investigator(s): 

Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission
Associate Professor

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We created single-page, plain language medication information sheets with content appropriately sequenced from a patient’s perspective (drug name, indication, purpose/benefit, how to take, for how long, when to call your doctor, when to stop taking and call your doctor, important information) and following other health literacy best practices.

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Associate Professor

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We created single-page, plain language medication information sheets with content appropriately sequenced from a patient’s perspective (drug name, indication, purpose/benefit, how to take, for how long, when to call your doctor, when to stop taking and call your doctor, important information) and following other health literacy best practices. These sheets were generated for approximately 125 different common chronic disease medications.  Lexile analyses on initial information sheets confirmed each to meet a < 8th grade readability standard.

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Associate Professor

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We created single-page, plain language medication information sheets with content appropriately sequenced from a patient’s perspective (drug name, indication, purpose/benefit, how to take, for how long, when to call your doctor, when to stop taking and call your doctor, important information) and following other health literacy best practices.

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Associate Professor

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We created single-page, plain language medication information sheets with content appropriately sequenced from a patient’s perspective (drug name, indication, purpose/benefit, how to take, for how long, when to call your doctor, when to stop taking and call your doctor, important information) and following other health literacy best practices.

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Associate Professor

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We created single-page, plain language medication information sheets with content appropriately sequenced from a patient’s perspective (drug name, indication, purpose/benefit, how to take, for how long, when to call your doctor, when to stop taking and call your doctor, important information) and following other health literacy best practices.

Authoring Investigator(s): 

Associate Professor

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We created single-page, plain language medication information sheets with content appropriately sequenced from a patient’s perspective (drug name, indication, purpose/benefit, how to take, for how long, when to call your doctor, when to stop taking and call your doctor, important information) and following other health literacy best practices.

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Associate Professor

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Part of the 8-part Protect Your Heart: A Cardiovascular Disease Education Program for South Asians series.

Our heart disease education modules are culturally tailored for South Asian populations and designed to teach heart disease prevention to Hindi and English-speaking viewers of all literacy levels.

This study was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Career Development Award 5 K23 HL 084177, PI-Dr. Kandula).

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Associate Professor
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission

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