News and Updates for the Patient and Family

National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis: 2020 Update

A Closer Look at the Most Common Type of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) – the most common form of arthritis – can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced function in the hands, knees, hips, and other joints among adults. One in 7 US adults, or 32.5 million people, have OA. Over half of adults with OA, 18.7 million people, are of working age from 18 to 64 years.

Proven Ways to Manage OA

  • Attend an evidence-based self-management education workshop to learn how to better manage your OA and pain.
  • Get physically active for at least 150 minutes per week as recommended for adults with arthritis by the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2nd edition). If you cannot, remember that every minute of activity counts, and any activity is better than none. Physical activity is a proven way to help reduce OA pain and disability, improve mood, and increase the ability to move.
  • Join an arthritis-friendly physical activity program at a local Y, park, or community center. These classes provide a proven and safe way to be active and receive physical activity benefits for OA.

A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis

CDC, the Arthritis Foundation, and OA Action Alliance released A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis: 2020 Update today. The Agenda lays out strategies and goals through which many stakeholders can improve the health and quality of life of millions of Americans with OA. These stakeholders include health care providers, policy and other decision makers, communication and marketing specialists, the business community, insurers, nongovernmental agencies, and researchers. View the report to learn how you can take action to reduce the toll of OA.

How much do you know about your cardiac device?

When asked to answer seven basic questions about their cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED), a majority of patients completing a Cleveland Clinic questionnaire came up short on at least two questions. At baseline, most patients felt they had a good understanding of their CIED (i.e., permanent pacemaker, defibrillator or biventricular device) but expressed a desire to be able to access additional data provided by the device. .

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What is an Echocardiogram and Why do I need one?

If your primary care doctor or cardiologist has ordered a transthoracic echocardiogram, don’t fret – it’s not as intimidating as it might sound.

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How to Avoid Having a Heart Attack: Who is at Risk?

A myocardial infarction, which is commonly referred to as a heart attack, is a life-threatening event that can happen to anyone. It is typically associated with some form of underlying heart disease that disrupts the flow of blood to the heart. Heart disease can also be the culprit in other deadly conditions such as stroke. In the US, approximately 400,000 people die annually from coronary heart disease and related problems.

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Chronic Kidney Disease Basics

Kidneys that function properly are important for maintaining good health.

More than 1 in 7 American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which affects how well kidneys function. The two main causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. About 1 in 3 adults with diabetes and 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure have CKD. It’s important to work with a health care team if you are diagnosed with CKD.

Read our latest feature to learn more about the basics of CKD. Also, learn how to take care of your kidneys to help lower your risk for developing kidney failure.

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February is Heart Health Month - Learn About the Connection Between Brain and Heart Health

CDC's Coronary Heart Disease, Myocardial Infarction and Stroke Data Brief

The brief provides public health professionals with the most recent, practical, and useful data available on coronary heart disease, blood pressure, and stroke for adults aged 45 years or older.


Managing Hypertension to Protect Heart and Brain Health

Hypertension is a major risk factor for numerous health and chronic conditions, including cognitive impairment. The public health community can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline in populations by preventing and managing high blood pressure.

Learn more in a new action brief —Protecting the Heart and the Brain: Managing Hypertension to Reduce the Risk of Cognitive Decline— from the Alzheimer's Association


AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) Release Recommendations to Manage Cardiovascular Risks to Brain Health 

This report summarizes the consensus reached by the subject mater experts and describes the major points of discussion that led to their recommendations on managing the impact of vascular risk factors for men and women aged 50 years and older.


What Should I Know About Medical Cannabis?

Cannabinoids are the active chemicals in cannabis, also known as marijuana. Cannabis contains hundreds of cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol. Cannabidiol causes far fewer psychoactive effects than THC.

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Understanding Health Literacy

Health Literacy Affects Everyone

Health literacy is important for everyone because, at some point in our lives, we all need to be able to find, understand, and use health information and services.

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Depression doesn't just affect your mind. It affects your heart, too