An American Heart Association scientific statement recommends people "sit less, move more" because sedentary behavior is linked to a higher risk of mortality, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and impaired insulin sensitivity. The statement, published in the journal Circulation, called for people to get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day but noted that exercise does not cancel out the effects of sedentary time.
Diabetes patients were at an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease, at cause-specific hazard of 2.03 and 2.28 and proportional subdistribution hazard of 1.99 and 2.23 in men and women, respectively, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Spanish researchers analyzed data from more than 55,000 people and found those with diabetes also had an increased risk of early death from liver, lung and colorectal cancer, as well as liver and kidney disease, compared with those without diabetes.
An American Heart Association statement published in the journal Circulation found that nearly 91% of US youths had unhealthy diets, and only about 50% of boys and one-third of girls ages 6 to 11 got the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. The findings, based on an analysis of 2007 to 2008 federal government survey data, also showed that nearly one-third had increased cholesterol levels, and 20% and 37% of girls and boys ages 12 to 19, respectively, had high blood glucose levels.
People living in areas that lack access to fresh food and have numerous fast food outlets may have a higher risk of developing early atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart disease, researchers reported in the journal Circulation. The study found having stores that sold healthy foods within 1 mile of the home was the only significant factor in reducing or slowing calcium buildup in coronary arteries, said University of Michigan researcher Ella August.
A health policy statement from ASNC, the American College of Cardiology and other cardiovascular medical societies says stakeholder collaboration and adoption of Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise standards could help develop a data interoperability framework and improve the health information technology infrastructure in the US. "The lack of interoperability of health IT prevents the field of health care from realizing the full potential of the Information Age that has revolutionized so many fields of human endeavor," researchers wrote in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
An Avalere report said 85% of hospitals in the new CMS cardiac bundled-payment model likely would not see gains or losses of more than $500,000 per year. Hospitals that seek to save money should work to reduce inpatient hospital stays for patients undergoing surgical interventions, the report said.
In comments submitted to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) last month, ASNC stressed the importance of comprehensive, specialized training pursuant to both COCATS and Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements that all clinicians should receive before interpreting images for patient care. Responding to a proposal that would give VHA-employed advanced practice registered nurse (APRNs) full practice authority, ASNC acknowledged the challenges the VHA faces in providing high-quality, timely care to veterans and removing barriers to access but emphasized that care must be provided by highly skilled professionals who have specialized training. Read ASNC's comments.
Announcing the Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely Challenge finalists
ASNC challenged the nuclear cardiology community to share solutions supporting its goal of ensuring patients get the right test at the right time. The Society's first Nuclear Cardiology Choosing Wisely Challenge drew a range of creative, original and implementable proposals from nuclear cardiology teams from across the US. A panel of judges has narrowed the field to three contestants whose proposals earned them the opportunity to compete face-to-face next month at ASNC's 2016 Scientific Sessions for a cash prize. Read more and vote.