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Date:10/3/2007

DALLAS, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:

Quality improvement database helps find healthcare gaps, offers solutions

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) quality improvement initiative can identify disparities in healthcare and help patients get the care they need, as evidenced by a new study published in the Oct. 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. GWTG steering committee chair Gregg Fonarow, M.D., says the GWTG database, can be a valuable research tool to identify gaps in care, as well as trends in performance and outcomes. That research can be used to help develop the best treatment guidelines and better assist healthcare providers in adhering to those guidelines.

For immediate release, Wednesday, October 3, 2007.

World Stroke Day 2007 focuses on hypertension's relationship to stroke

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are joining organizations across the world on a unified message about the most common risk factor for stroke: high blood pressure. On October 9 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as part of the Joint World Stroke Congress, experts from around the world will discuss how to fight high blood pressure and stroke.

For immediate release, Wednesday, October 3, 2007.

For information call (area code 214): Joanna Carr, 706-1396 Fax: 706-5243; Director: Carrie Thacker, 706-1665; Cathy Lewis, 706-1324; Bridgette McNeill, 706-1135; or Karen Astle, 706-1392; Broadcast: Julie Del Barto, 706-1330; New York City: Darcy Spitz, (212) 878-5940; Washington: Suzanne Ffolkes, (202) 785-7929. Direct e-mail inquiries to cathy.lewis@heart.org, bridgette.mcneill@heart.org or karen.astle@heart.org. After embargo, releases and abstracts will be available at

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