Population health program reduces CVD risk factors, hospitalizations | Study finds more than 10% improperly use daily low-dose aspirin | Study suggests HF acceptance may improve QOL, self-care
January 15, 2015
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Population health program reduces CVD risk factors, hospitalizations
A community disease prevention program started in 1974 in Franklin County, Maine, reduced hospitalizations and mortality and improved residents' blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The program sent nurses and trained volunteers into the community to motivate people to participate in screenings. "Where they lived, where they worked, where they played. To schools, to work sites, to communities," said Sandy Record, who was a nurse manager with the program. Kennebec Journal (Maine) (1/14), HealthDay News (1/13), Maine Public Broadcasting Network (1/13), Modern Healthcare (free registration) (1/13)
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Study finds more than 10% improperly use daily low-dose aspirin
About 12% of people who were prescribed daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke should not have been using the medication, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers, who analyzed records for more than 68,800 patients, said the risks of side effects from taking a daily aspirin outweighed the potential prevention benefits in these patients. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/14), HealthDay News (1/12)
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Analysis: Women, men get similar cardiac benefits from statin use
The use of statin medications cut the risk of major vascular events such as stroke, heart attack and related mortality by similar rates in men and women, researchers from the University of Oxford reported in The Lancet. Data showed the drugs also helped reduce the need for coronary revascularization procedures. Medscape (free registration) (1/13)
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Study links positive outlook to cardiovascular health
A study in the journal Health Behavior and Policy Review suggested people who have a positive outlook may be more likely to have a healthy heart. University of Illinois researchers said adults with the highest levels of optimism were twice as likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health, compared with people who were more pessimistic. Science World Report (1/9)
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Study: Healthy childhood leads to better outcomes later
Children raised in households that promoted healthy habits and social interaction were less likely to smoke and were more likely to have better cardiovascular health and cholesterol levels in adulthood compared with children not raised with such advantages, a Finnish study in Circulation says. Researchers found that those with a healthy childhood were more likely to show better blood glucose levels and body weight. DailyRx.com (1/13)
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5 ways nurses can maintain the public's trust
ANA President Pamela Cipriano and other nursing experts say the profession has consistently topped Gallup's poll of professions most trusted by the public because nurses spend more time than other health professionals with patients and are familiar and dedicated. The five keys to maintaining that trust are putting patients first, communicating with patients about their care, speaking up in public, speaking up at work and continuing to learn, according to this article. NurseZone.com (1/12)
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PCNA Update
Recognizing excellence in cardiovascular nursing
PCNA is pleased to recognize health care professionals by honoring their accomplishments with several awards, grants and PCNA fellowship. Submissions for the 2015 PCNA Fellowship, Terry Thomas Clinical Practice Award and PCNA Heart Failure Prevention Award are now open. If you, or a health care professional you know, deserves to be recognized for their leadership within PCNA, excellence in clinical practice or innovation in preventive care, use the links above to find out more, apply or nominate.
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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 9-12. The Annual Symposium is PCNA's largest event of the year, featuring 16 hours of Continuing Education (CE), 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 pre-conference on April 8 includes an additional seven 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 about the PCNA Annual Symposium.
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