The World Health Organization released new draft guidelines that state a person's diet should include only 10% saturated fats and 1% trans fats. The recommendations are part of an effort to reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases, which are the leading cause of noncommunicable deaths in the world.
A data analysis found lipoprotein(a) levels would have to be lowered significantly beyond recent trial results to have the same effect on coronary heart disease risk as more modest reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, researchers told a meeting of the European Atherosclerosis Society. Further reductions in Lp(a) could be achieved with the use of novel antisense oligonucleotides.
A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition did not find any difference in cardiovascular risk markers over one year between patients with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes who ate 12 eggs per week and those who ate less than two eggs per week. Australian researchers evaluated 128 participants, ages 18 and older, and found that egg consumption had little effect on blood cholesterol levels.
The CMS has introduced a strategy to ensure rural communities receive quality and affordable health care. The agency wants to reduce barriers to telehealth and telemedicine, improve patient access to health data, help consumers better understand health insurance and offer technical assistance to health care providers, among other goals.
Researchers who followed 10,789 hypertensive adults in China found that those with elevated homocysteine and low platelets who were treated with enalapril plus folic acid supplements had a 73% reduction in stroke risk, and the combination appears more effective than enalapril alone. The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Michael Lovelace, a nurse who has provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation training for his colleagues for more than 30 years, was saved by the nurses he's trained when he had a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest in April. "They broke 11 ribs, but it was good CPR because I'm here to tell the story," Lovelace said.
PCNA is offering the opportunity for members to develop a CE slide deck on peripheral artery disease to provide new and timely CE content for chapter programs, as well as give our members a chance to build their resume and get involved in PCNA. Proposals for the slide deck on Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): Risk Factors, Screening and Treatment are due May 23, 2018. Learn more.
On May 24, join us for a non-CE webcast in one of the final installments in PCNA's year-long campaign to raise awareness about the barriers and challenges related to accessing innovative cardiovascular medicines. For our finale, we have collected best practices and practical resources and will give you a chance to discuss your challenges with our experts. Learn more.