Heart group says apps, wearable sensors can be useful tools | CV risk factor control tied to improved survival among diabetes patients | Study: Men may cut heart failure risk 21% with moderate exercise
August 20, 2015
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Heart group says apps, wearable sensors can be useful tools
A scientific statement from the American Heart Association says evidence showing that mobile applications and wearable sensors help reduce cardiovascular risk factors is limited, but the technology still can be useful. The report in the journal Circulation found apps and mobile technology were linked to greater short-term weight loss, increases in physical activity and a better chance people would stop smoking. University of Pittsburgh nursing professor Lora Burke, the statement's lead author, said: "Self-monitoring is one of the core strategies for changing cardiovascular health behaviors." HealthDay News (8/13)
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CV risk factor control tied to improved survival among diabetes patients
Researchers found that patients with diabetes and coronary heart disease who had two or fewer cardiovascular risk factors under control had twice the mortality risk and a 70% higher risk of cardiovascular events, compared with those who had all six risk factors evaluated under control. The findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology also revealed an inverse association between control of risk factors through protocol-guided intensive medical therapy and a composite end point of mortality, myocardial infarction and stroke. Medscape (free registration) (8/14)
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Study: Men may cut heart failure risk 21% with moderate exercise
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Men who walked or biked at least 20 minutes daily reduced their risk of heart failure by 21%, compared with those who were inactive, while those who exercised more than an hour cut their risk by just 14%, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. Researchers said men who were least active had a 69% higher risk of heart failure, while those with the highest exercise intensity increased their risk by 31%. HealthDay News (8/12)
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CVS institute: Guidance needed for use of PCSK9 inhibitors
In an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the CVS Health Research Institute said a review should be conducted of high-cholesterol treatment guidelines following approval of the first PCSK9 inhibitor. "There is a need for consensus around management strategies for patients with high cholesterol given that the cost differential between proven older therapies and this new class of drugs is substantial," CVS Health Chief Scientific Officer William Shrank said. Drug Store News (8/10)
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MHealth tool for care teams wins N.Y. hospital's hackathon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's InnovateNYP Open Challenge led to the development of mobile applications that can help nurses. The first prize went to MedChat, which is designed to enhance communication among care team members. Mocabell, short for Your Mobile Call Bell, which enables patients to communicate with nursing staff through mobile devices, took second place. Thirty-one teams participated in the hackathon. BeckersHospitalReview.com (8/17)
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