Study links physical fitness to lower hypertension risk | Researchers: CVD prevention message may not reach Asian subgroups | Low blood glucose tied to heart, mortality risk in diabetes
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December 18, 2014
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Study links physical fitness to lower hypertension risk
Individuals with high physical fitness levels were less likely to develop high blood pressure than their least physically fit counterparts, a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association says. The results, based on data from 57,284 people with an average age of 53, were consistent regardless of baseline risk factors. Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (12/17)
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Researchers: CVD prevention message may not reach Asian subgroups
Researchers in California reported that Asian-American subgroups have varying cardiovascular disease mortality rates, but overall they are not decreasing as fast as for non-Hispanic whites. The study team wrote in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that "messages on prevention and management of CVD are not effectively reaching this population." Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (12/16)
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Low blood glucose tied to heart, mortality risk in diabetes
A study in Diabetes Care revealed insulin-treated diabetes patients who suffered hypoglycemia were at an increased risk of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (12/15)
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Preventive care increases among young adults, report says
The number of adults ages 19 to 25 who received preventive services, including checkups, blood pressure screening and dental care, increased from 2009 to 2011-2012 following implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine. American Cancer Society researchers said there was little change in the number of flu shots or cervical cancer screenings. HealthDay News (12/11)
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Blood test that estimates heart disease risk OK'd by FDA
A blood test developed by diaDexus that determines coronary heart disease risk in people with no history of heart disease -- and is particularly effective for women and African-American women -- has been approved by the FDA. The test measures the activity of Lp-PLA2, which is highly associated with plaque buildup in blood vessels. HealthDay News (12/15)
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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Cholesterol Counts helps patients learn about risks, treatment
The Cholesterol Counts online poll will ask patients about their awareness of their cholesterol levels and treatment strategies. The outreach program at is the result of a coalition that includes PCNA, Mended Hearts and the National Lipid Association. FiercePharma (12/15)
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PCNA board member Jo-Ann Eastwood leads cardiovascular patient trial with UCLA
PCNA is proud to recognize one of its board members, Jo-Ann Eastwood, Ph.D., RN, CCNS, ACNP-BC, FAHA, for her outstanding achievement in the UCLA-backed clinical trial that used a smartphone app to track the eating and activity of 39 at-risk women to assist them in learning healthful diet and exercise habits. Eastwood, a nurse practitioner and associate professor at UCLA's School of Nursing, gave each participant a custom-configured phone loaded with an app developed at UCLA that interacted with the women, sending daily and weekly questions such as "Did you eat five to six servings of fruit today?" The phones came with built-in accelerometers to track physical activity. Eastwood also taught the women about healthy-heart lifestyles and stress reduction in four diet-and-exercise classes before handing out the Android phones. Eastwood's work is a prime example of the goals and projects PCNA strives to participate in. Her use of cutting-edge technology is one more example of a PCNA member making a positive impact in the cardiovascular patient community.
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PCNA 21st Annual Symposium Registration Now Open!
PCNA will celebrate the 21st anniversary of its Annual Symposium at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., April 9-12. The Annual Symposium is PCNA's largest event of the year, featuring 16 hours of Continuing Education (CE), with lectures by globally recognized speakers delivering the latest information on best practices and national guidelines in cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management. The pharmacology pre-conference on April 8 includes an additional seven hours of pharmacology CE credits and focuses on three main topics: heart failure, diabetes and lipids. Join fellow nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and other cardiovascular health care professionals at the premier cardiovascular nursing conference of 2015. Learn more about the PCNA Annual Symposium.
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PCNA SmartBrief holiday publishing schedule
Due to the Christmas and New Year's holidays, PCNA SmartBrief will be published on Tuesday the next two weeks. Regular Thursday publication will resume on Jan. 8.
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