CDC: People with insurance more likely to get preventive care | Study finds greater likelihood of cardiac arrest among black patients | 6-minute stress echocardiography may predict pulmonary hypertension
July 23, 2015
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CDC: People with insurance more likely to get preventive care
People who have health insurance are up to three times as likely as those who do not to get preventive care, CDC researchers reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Having either private or public insurance made it more likely people would get preventive services such as tests for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes; screenings for breast, cervical and colon cancer; dietary counseling; and hepatitis vaccinations. HealthDay News (7/16)
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Study finds greater likelihood of cardiac arrest among black patients
Researchers who looked at cardiac arrest data from Oregon found black patients are more likely than white patients to experience sudden cardiac arrest, and black patients tend to be more than six years younger when the event occurs. The study, reported in the journal Circulation, found more heart problems among black patients, such as thickened ventricle walls, rhythm disorders and conditions that impair the pumping of blood. Black patients also were more likely to have diabetes, kidney disease and high blood pressure. Reuters (7/20)
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Emerging Trends
CDC: Many Americans with CVD take aspirin regularly
A CDC survey published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that 70.8% of American adults with a history of heart disease or stroke use aspirin therapy. Four out of five of those who had a history of cardiovascular diseases use aspirin to prevent stroke, almost 94% take it to prevent heart attacks and 76% use the drug to prevent both stroke and heart attack. HealthDay News (7/16)
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Dicloxacillin may reduce efficacy of warfarin, study says
The effects of the blood-thinning drug warfarin may be reduced by the antibiotic dicloxacillin, researchers from Denmark reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers said dicloxacillin may affect how the liver processes warfarin, resulting in faster elimination of the drug from the body. HealthDay News (7/21)
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Nursing in the News
Bill calls for nutrition education to promote disease prevention
The Education and Training for Health Act of 2015 under consideration in the U.S. House calls for nurse practitioners and physicians who are federal employees to get annual continuing education in nutrition to help them talk with patients about how diet affects disease risk. Registered dietitian Cameron Wells writes that practitioners need help keeping updated on the best diets for weight loss, lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and controlling blood sugar. U.S. News & World Report (7/21)
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HipaaChat, NurseGrid among mHealth tools for nurses
Ten useful smartphone applications for nurses include the NurseGrid communication and personal scheduling solution and the HipaaChat and Cortext secure messaging apps. The other apps communicate patient alarms, allow secure photo sharing, manage supply orders, offers descriptions of diagnostic tests and infectious diseases, track pediatric food intake and display imaging results. (7/20)
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PCNA Update
Advocacy Corner: Do you work in cardiac rehab? Share your thoughts.
A bill that would allow non-physician health professionals to supervise cardiac rehab programs has stalled in Congress over questions about the impact of the bill. We need your input to help educate legislators about how this would increase utilization of cardiac rehab services. Share your thoughts with us and help move this important bill forward.
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