Report: Adults at low CVD risk benefit from prevention, not cardiovascular disease screening | Registry shows need for familial hypercholesterolemia awareness | Study: Weight loss may curb atrial fibrillation in obese people
 

March 19, 2015
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Report: Adults at low CVD risk benefit from prevention, not cardiovascular disease screening
The American College of Physicians said asymptomatic adults at low-risk for cardiovascular disease do not benefit from myocardial perfusion imaging, electrocardiography or stress electrocardiography. The report in the Annals of Internal Medicine said screenings for these patients have low predictive value, and recommended patients be offered preventive strategies and treatment for modifiable risk factors linked to lifestyle. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/17)
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Registry shows need for familial hypercholesterolemia awareness
A familial hypercholesterolemia study of data from the CASCADE-FH Registry found almost half of patients who had the condition did not understood it increased their heart disease risk, researchers told the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions. Duke Clinical Research Institute researcher Emily Claire O'Brien said the findings highlight "pretty striking opportunities for education and outreach." Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (3/14)
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Study: Weight loss may curb atrial fibrillation in obese people
Australian researchers found a higher odds of eliminating symptoms of atrial fibrillation in obese patients who lost at least 10% of their body weight without undergoing surgery or medication than in those who failed to lose weight. The findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. HealthDay News (3/16)
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Studies: New cholesterol-lowering drugs lower heart attack risk
A new class of cholesterol drugs may halve the risk of heart attack compared with conventional treatment, according to research published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. The investigational drugs evolocumab from Amgen and alirocumab from Regeneron and Sanofi, both PCSK9 inhibitors, block a protein that reduces the liver's ability to remove cholesterol from the blood. Reuters (3/15), The State (Columbia, S.C.)/The Associated Press (3/15)
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Study links folic acid to better cardiovascular risk profile
A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found patients with high blood pressure treated with folic acid plus enalapril were 21% less likely to experience stroke during the median follow-up of 4.5 years, compared with those who received enalapril alone. The findings, derived from 20,000 adults in China, also linked folic acid supplementation to lower composite risk of heart attack, stroke and heart-related death. HealthDay News (3/16)
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Nursing programs' enrollment gains reflect job market
American Association of Colleges of Nursing data for fall 2014 showed enrollment growth in nursing education, including baccalaureate, RN-to-BSN, master's and doctoral programs, driven by patient care needs and employer demands. An AACN survey on new nurse graduates indicated that 79.6% of employers required or strongly preferred nurses who have bachelor's degrees. A strong pipeline of nurses entering research and practice programs is needed to meet demand for nurse scientists, faculty and leaders, says Susan Hassmiller of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Nurse.com (3/12), FierceHealthcare (3/9)
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Patient advocate to join FH session at Annual Symposium
PCNA is pleased to announce the addition of Scott Radabaugh, who will join faculty Joshua W. Knowles, M.D., Ph.D., and Mary Ann Champagne, MSN, CNS, FAHA, FPCNA, for the Annual Symposium Saturday morning session "A Patient Centered Approach to Lipid Management in the Complicated Patient." Mr. Radabaugh serves as an ambassador for the FH Foundation, a patient-centric nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of all forms of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) through education, advocacy, and research. PCNA is pleased to support the mission of this important organization; annual symposium co-chair and incoming PCNA president Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb observed that "our health system is striving to evolve into an increasingly patient-centered approach. The incorporation of the patient's perspective by having a patient address our audience demonstrates that PCNA is doing more than giving lip service to the theme of patient centered care."
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