CDC: 47% of people with hypertension don't have it controlled | Study calls for greater emphasis on LDL percent reductions | Study: CVD risk in diabetes tied to HbA1C variability, BP
November 19, 2015
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CDC: 47% of people with hypertension don't have it controlled
A CDC report said about 47% of people with high blood pressure did not have it under control through use of medication or lifestyle changes, raising their risk of heart attack and heart disease. Dr. Patrick O'Gara of Brigham and Women's Hospital said a concerted effort is needed to teach younger generations healthy habits before major changes are seen in blood pressure rates, and nurses and pharmacists are critical in promoting adherence blood pressure regimens. HealthDay News (11/12)
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Study calls for greater emphasis on LDL percent reductions
Research presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting showed that percent reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol resulting from the use of lipid-reducing medication can vary widely and should be given greater consideration. Researcher and physician Paul Ridker of Brigham and Women's Hospital said US, European and Canadian guidelines all include LDL percent reduction as an important therapeutic issue. "Our findings support broader recognition of percent reduction in LDL cholesterol as a potential target for treatment," he said. Medscape (free registration) (11/13)
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Study: CVD risk in diabetes tied to HbA1C variability, BP
Type 2 diabetes patients had a significant 2.45-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease for every 1% increase in HbA1C and a 2.02-fold increased risk for every 10 mm Hg increase in systolic blood pressure, according to a study in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Researchers evaluated 632 Japanese adults with diabetes and no history of CVD at baseline and found a significantly increased risk of CVD associated with HbA1C coefficient of variation and HbA1C variation independent of mean among those with a mean systolic BP of 130 mm Hg or higher, compared with those with a mean systolic BP of 130 mm Hg or less. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (11/17)
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ACC, AHA to consider Sprint data in new hypertension guidelines
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association said new study data showing the benefits of aggressively lowering blood pressure will be considered as the groups work on new hypertension guidelines. Physician views on the impact of the Sprint trial, presented at the AHA annual meeting, were mixed, and some said more evidence is needed before changing practice patterns. Reuters (11/13)
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CDC releases report on obesity rates in US
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Obesity rates among US adults increased from slightly over 32% in 2003 to 2004 to nearly 38% by 2013 to 2014, and obesity was prevalent in about 40% of middle-aged adults, compared with 37% of older adults and 32% of younger adults, according to the CDC. Researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys and found that 17% of US children were obese between 2011 and 2014, with higher rates seen among teens than younger children. HealthDay News (11/12)
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Survey: More than half of RNs, APNs would choose nursing again
A Medscape survey of more than 8,000 US nurses found 60% of advanced practice nurses and 56% of registered nurses would choose nursing again as their career. The survey found 52% of nurses got a salary increase in 2014. About half of nurses who had attained a doctoral degree said they would choose the same educational program again, while one-third would work on another master's degree. Medscape (free registration) (11/17), Reuters (11/18)
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Nursing Research Grant: And the winner is ...
Congratulations to Margo B. Minissian, PhDc, ACNP, on on being awarded the 2015 Nursing Research Grant. Ms. Minissian is a Nurse Scientist and Cardiology Nurse Practitioner at the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her research is titled Is Spontaneous Preterm Delivery Associated with Clustering of Maternal Cardiovascular Risk Markers and Impaired Function? The SPACE study. The Nursing Research Grant supports research career development and is sponsored jointly by the American Nurses Foundation and PCNA. Learn more about the award.
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