NYC Department of Health, American Heart Association and 30+ scientists affirm less sodium is key to preventing heart disease
The New York City Department of Health and the American Heart Association conducted research involving over 30 scientists in a variety of experiments and found that lowering national sodium levels will lower the U.S. population's risk for heart disease. Research from observational studies, feeding studies, and randomized controlled trials indicates that lowering sodium levels lowers blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. After reviewing evidence on sodium intake and cardiovascular outcomes, it was concluded that reducing population sodium intake would have a positive effect on public health. "PCNA highly supports this recommendation," says Barbara Fletcher, PCNA President. "Both New York City Department of Health and the American Heart Association are to be commended for emphasizing the reduction of sodium as an approach to reduction of cardiovascular disease mortality and morbidity." For more information visit nyc.gov.
Barbara J. Drew receives American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist Award
The American Heart Association's distinguished scientists are a group of scientists and clinicians whose work has advanced understanding of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The award recognizes AHA members who have given significant, original and sustained scientific contributions that have advanced the association's mission: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke." This year, for the first time, a nurse scientist has been selected to receive this award. Dr. Barbara Drew RN, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, will receive the award for her outstanding work in her program of research which determined standards for the accuracy of electrocardiographic monitoring in patients at risk for arrhythmias, myocardial ischemia, and QT interval prolongation. Her research represents a major breakthrough in knowledge development and has resulted in significant changes in clinical practice with recognizable benefit to the public. Congratulations, Dr. Drew!
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