Study: Healthy lifestyle reduces heart failure risk | Genetic study supports importance of heart attack prevention | Diabetes patients show poor response to stress
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October 23, 2014
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Study: Healthy lifestyle reduces heart failure risk
A sustained healthy lifestyle that included diet, exercise, weight management and not smoking was linked to lower risks of heart failure in postmenopausal women, according to data from the Women's Health Initiative published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Harvard researchers said benefits were seen regardless of a history of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Medscape (free registration) (10/21)
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Genetic study supports importance of heart attack prevention
Genetic factors play less of a role in heart attack risk than many people believe, researchers reported at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting. "This finding may help people realize that, through their choices, they have greater control over whether they ultimately have a heart attack," said Dr. Benjamin Horne of the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute. (10/20)
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Diabetes patients show poor response to stress
Type 2 diabetes patients exhibited an impaired ability to regulate blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate when they experience stress, a study in PNAS indicated. Researchers also noted increased depressive and hostile symptoms in these patients. Business Insider (10/21)
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Study: High-intensity statins may slow diabetic coronary atherosclerosis
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found high-intensity statin treatment was associated with coronary atheroma regression in patients with or without diabetes, suggesting the therapy may halt the progression of diabetic coronary atherosclerosis. The findings appear in Diabetes Care. News (10/21)
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Genetic test identifies patients at risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke
Scientists have developed a test that screens for 12 genetic variants to determine risk of ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation, according to a study in the journal Stroke. Adding the genetic score to risk models for atrial fibrillation could help correctly assess when anticoagulants are needed, particularly among patients younger than 65. Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (10/15)
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Nursing in the News
VA nurses get mobile van to bring CVD care to rural veterans
The Dorn VA Medical Center's new Cardiology and Vascular Mobile Medical Unit is taking care to veterans in rural areas of South Carolina. Cardiology clinical nurse Yvette Twum-Danso said veterans had to drive hundreds of miles for clinic appointments so staff used a rural health grant to purchase and equip the mobile unit, which can do heart and vascular testing. The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, S.C.) (10/21)
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PCNA Update
First Global Cardiovascular Disease Nursing Leadership Forum
PCNA convened the first Global Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Nursing Leadership Forum, Oct. 12-13. The first meeting of the Forum gathered internationally recognized nurse leaders to formulate a draft master plan that addresses CVD and stroke prevention challenges encountered by nurses worldwide. In addition, strategies designed to enhance the important role for nursing in the global fight against death and disability from CVD and stroke were also addressed. The Global Nursing Leadership Forum was designed to provide the participants with background information and forum to discuss the following: 1) explore ways in which nurses across the world and global nursing organizations can support the established cardiovascular and stroke reduction goal set by the World Heart Federation -- to reduce noncommunicable (NCD) deaths 25% by 2025; 2) develop a mechanism for outreach to low income and middle income countries where nurses and organized nursing practices and presence in cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention is not established and/or less than optimal; 3) establish an international CVD and Stroke Prevention Nurse Expert Roster; and 4) establish a master plan for nursing organizations to work together to identify how to maximize the important contributions that nursing brings to CVD and Stroke prevention globally.
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Fall Programs
The PCNA Fall Programs are a great way to earn continuing education credit, as well as network with like-minded professionals in your area. These complimentary, half-day programs take place annually in multiple cities across the U.S. Topics include Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (SIHD) Risk Stratification, Long-Term Management of the ACS Patient and Familial Hypercholesterolemia. Watch for programs in Atlanta, Oct. 25; Baltimore, Cleveland and Tampa, Fla., Nov. 1; Long Beach, Calif., and New York City, Nov. 8. See the complete list of program dates and content.
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When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
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