February is American Heart Month. Its a good opportunity to reflect all the tremendous progress and knowledge that has been gained across the healthcare ecosystem in the areas the cardiovascular disease and stroke, in terms of improving patient's lives, but also in our knowledge about the disease natural history and the effects of medical interventions. It's also nice motivation to think about what more we could be learned in heart disease and what evidence could be generated across the OHDSI community when we come together toward a common cause.
American Heart Month is sponsored by the American Heart Association, who is also behind today's 'Go Red Day'. AHA has put together a very nice resource to learn more about heart disease and get involved, https://www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday/.
One noteworthy page for me showcases some recent research in cardiovascular diseases and stroke, highlighting various examples of observational studies that have aimed at population-level estimation and patient-level prediction. https://www.goredforwomen.org/fight-heart-disease-women-go-red-women-official-site/about-heart-disease-in-women/research/
Partially following up by last month's health story findings about the ambiguity of 'risk factors', I wonder what information we could contribute by replicating some of the highlighted findings or discovering new associations that could help patients better understand their risk of stroke, or to characterize the downstream risks following the onset of heart disease.
I don't yet know what specific health story I plan to tackle this month in commemoration of American Heart Month, so very open to any suggestions the community may have. I'd also encourage anyone who is interested to join the journey and participate alongside me. Happy hacking!