Two Faculty Involved in Key Heart Studies

Two faculty from the UCLA School of Nursing were involved in prominent heart-related studies released in February.

Dr. Lynn Doering was a co-author on a study published online February 24 in the journal Circulation on “Depression as a Risk Factor for Poor Prognosis among Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome: Systematic Review and Recommendations: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association.” The study concluded that the “preponderance of evidence supports the recommendation that the American Heart Association should elevate depression to the status of a risk factor for adverse medical outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome.” Doering’s research is focused on the relationship between depression inflammation and immune functions related to cardiac health.

Dr. Jo-Ann Eastwood served as an expert reviewer for the first guidelines specifically addressing the prevention of stroke in women.

The guidelines, issued by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association acknowledged that women have some unique risk factors that should be recognized and treated. The new guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for prevention and treatment: