USPSTF recommends wider diabetes screening
Draft recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force call for diabetes and blood glucose screening for people 45 and older and younger adults with risk factors. The guidelines, updated from 2008, are similar to those made by other medical groups and include recommendations for diet and exercise interventions for at-risk patients. Medscape (free registration)
Study renews debate over cardiovascular risk calculator
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital wrote in JAMA Internal Medicine that the cardiovascular risk calculator from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association overestimates event rates compared with observed risk, even after adjusting for statin use and revascularization. AHA President Elliott Antman said other publications have validated the tool and the overall cholesterol guidelines. "In addition, we continue to receive positive feedback from health care providers who use the guidelines as a tool to drive discussions with their patients about appropriate care," he said. Medscape (free registration)
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Study: 5 healthy habits linked to lower stroke risk in women
Women who adopted five healthy habits -- eating a healthy diet, being physically active, moderate alcohol consumption, not smoking and having a healthy body weight -- were 54% less likely to suffer a stroke compared with those who reported none of these habits, according to a study published in Neurology. The findings, based on data from almost 32,000 women in Sweden, showed the odds of suffering a stroke decreased steadily as the number of healthy lifestyle habits increased. HealthDay News
New on-demand ACS patient medication adherence course offered
Adherence to professional guidelines by health care professionals in the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome remains suboptimal despite the fact that the implementation of professional guidelines into treatment strategies has been shown to improve outcomes in patients with ACS post-hospitalization. Patient adherence to therapy is also suboptimal. Clinicians can improve patient adherence by learning about and addressing patient-related factors in nonadherence. Participants will learn to implement evidence-based options recommended in professional guidelines for antithrombotic therapy in ACS patients, use achieved knowledge of antithrombotic options to manage ACS patients post-hospitalization, and identify issues involving communication gaps between patient advocates and patients diagnosed with ACS. Learn more about this exciting new course.
PCNA wants YOU to submit your abstract
PCNA is now accepting abstracts for the 21st Annual Symposium, April 8-11, 2015 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif. Health care professional involved in original data-based research or quality improvement/innovative projects related to cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract. Only original abstracts will be considered (not previously published or presented prior to submitting to PCNA). Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author to present a poster if accepted. During the symposium a first-, second- or third-place ribbon will be placed on winning posters and all presenters and winners will be recognized during PCNA General Sessions on Friday, April 10. Learn more and find out how to submit your abstract.
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