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May 14, 2015
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Study: CVD risk better determined using waist-to-height ratio
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Using waist-to-height ratio as a primary screening tool for cardiovascular disease risk related to obesity provided more accurate and efficient results than using body mass index, according to a study presented at the European Congress on Obesity. Researchers who looked at 2,917 individuals 16 and older found higher levels of cholesterol and HbA1C among those with low or average BMI but with a high waist-to-height ratio compared with those who had high BMI but a low waist-to-height ratio. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (5/11)
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Study: Men may delay high cholesterol by staying active
Researchers found that men with the highest physical activity levels didn't develop high cholesterol levels until their mid-40s, while those with lower fitness levels were at an increased risk for high cholesterol in their early 30s. The findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, were based on more than 11,400 men, ages 20 to 90, followed from 1970 to 2006. HealthDay News (5/11)
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Analysis compares bleeding risks of prasugrel and clopidogrel
A study presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Scientific Sessions found the antiplatelet drug prasugrel was not linked with higher risk of bleeding and complications compared with clopidogrel among acute coronary syndrome patients after stenting. Researchers analyzed 2010-2013 data from 19,914 patients who received stenting. (5/11), Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today's Intervention (5/11)
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Study assesses dual anti-clotting therapy with ticagrelor
Patients who received ticagrelor and low-dose aspirin for up to three years following a heart attack had a 15% reduced rate of recurrent heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death compared with those treated with aspirin alone, according to a 21,000-patient study in The New England Journal of Medicine. A 2.5% rate of major bleeding was observed with ticagrelor treatment, compared with 1% for aspirin alone. Pulse Today (U.K.) (5/7)
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Cardiovascular NP has dual patient care roles
There is growing demand for advance practice nurses, and health care is trending toward more team-based care. Cardiovascular nurse practitioner Sandra Kurpela said her two main roles are helping patients during hospital stays, before and after surgery, and working with people who have chronic conditions. "The goal is to keep those patients out of the hospital," Kurpela said. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (5/9)
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Survey: 88% of RNs are satisfied with their jobs
A Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania report said 88% of registered nurses who responded were satisfied or very satisfied with their primary job. The survey found 90% had similar feelings about nursing as a career. Pennsylvania Business Daily (5/11)
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PCNA Update
PCNA applauds ACC'S team approach to cardiovascular practice
The American College of Cardiology issued a health policy statement this week on the team-based approach to cardiovascular practice. ACC's statement highlights the role advanced practice nurses play in improving CV care, and represents how far the organization has evolved since they first started admitting nurses 10 years ago. PCNA President Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb applauded ACC, saying "True team-based cardiovascular care leverages the respective strengths of nursing, pharmacy, medicine, and nutrition in a way that each adds unique value to patient care and population health improvement." Read more.
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