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December 11, 2014
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Cut dietary sugars to reduce heart risks, study says
Diets for people at risk of heart disease should focus on reducing sugar more than cutting salt, U.S. researchers reported in the BMJ's Open Heart. Researchers said sugar may have a stronger link to blood pressure than sodium and that restricting salt results in only a small decrease in blood pressure levels. "Moreover, evidence suggests that sugars in general, and fructose in particular, may contribute to overall cardiovascular risk through a variety of mechanisms," the study team wrote. (12/10), (12/10)
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Study: Extra abdominal weight may raise cardiac arrest risk
Patients with the largest waist and hip measurements were twice as likely as those in normal ranges to experience cardiac arrest, researchers from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis reported in the BMJ. An editorial from experts at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said obesity and abdominal fat can be modified through lifestyle changes and medications. (12/11)
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Recent research confirms nonnutritive sweeteners safe, efficacious
Research, including randomized clinical trials, a meta-analysis, position and scientific statements, and other studies, further confirm the safety and efficacious use of nonnutritive sweeteners as part of a healthy eating plan for weight loss and maintenance and glycemic control. Access brief synopses and citations for this research here.
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Study: Aspirin's bleeding risk outweighs benefits in women under 65
The risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding outweighed the benefits of low-dose aspirin in reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and colon cancer among women younger than 65, according to a study in the journal Heart. For women ages 65 and older, the benefits of aspirin use against heart disease and colon cancer surpassed the risk of bleeding. Researchers stressed that the decision on whether to use aspirin should ultimately depend on a woman's personal risk factors. HealthDay News (12/5), AAFP News (12/8)
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Texts help heart patients stay on their meds in study
Patients taking cholesterol and blood pressure medications were better at sticking with their regimen when they got regular text messages checking up on them, researchers from Queen Mary University reported in the journal PLOS One. In the no-text group, 25% of people took 80% or less of their medications or stopped them entirely, while that occurred among only 9% of those in the text group. Tech Times (12/7)
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Life expectancy shorter among very obese patients
Excess weight may reduce life expectancy by up to eight years among the heaviest patients compared with their leaner counterparts, a study on the website of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology says. Data indicate the time of being diabetes- and heart disease-free were reduced up to 19 years in severely obese men and women in their 20s. HealthDay News (12/5)
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How practice environments can affect patient outcomes
Research suggests health care work environments can make a difference in care outcomes. In addition to being safe, satisfying and empowering, a healthful practice environment promotes a culture of safety where all staff members and leaders work together in a patient-centered team, according to the American Nurses Association. Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) (12/8)
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PCNA Update
PCNA 21st Annual Symposium registration now open
PCNA will celebrate the 21st anniversary of its Annual Symposium at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., April 9-11. The Annual Symposium is PCNA's largest event of the year, featuring 16 hours of continuing education, with lectures by globally recognized speakers delivering the latest information on best practices and national guidelines in cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management. The pharmacology preconference on April 8 includes an additional 7 hours of pharmacology CE credits and focuses on three main topics: heart failure, diabetes and lipids. Join fellow nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians, exercise physiologists and other cardiovascular health care professionals at the premier cardiovascular nursing conference of 2015. Learn more.
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PCNA participates in the 2014 AHA Scientific Sessions
In November, PCNA joined a number of other cardiovascular healthcare professionals and organizations in Chicago at the 2014 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. During the conference, PCNA held a joint session with AHA titled: Role of Physical Activity in Prevention of CVD, which was moderated by PCNA President Barbara Fletcher, RN, MN, FAHA, FPCNA, FAAN. The session featured several presentations including one titled: Motivating Patients to Exercise: What Works, by Nancy Houston Miller, a member of the PCNA Board of Directors. PCNA also hosted an exhibit booth during the conference, sharing PCNA information with current members and those who were unfamiliar with the organization. PCNA staff and board members also met with many of their liaison organizations and continued to spread awareness of CVD.
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