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November 15, 2012
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • Research evaluates BMI for predicting heart risk
    BMI may be better than total cholesterol levels for estimating 10-year cardiovascular disease risk, researchers at the University of Zurich reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study team said obesity screening had a stronger scientific foundation and that lifestyle changes that promote weight loss or prevent weight gain "may improve health more strongly than lipid-lowering treatment." MedPage Today (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Meditation reduces risk of cardiac-related death
    Transcendental meditation helped reduce the risk of death, heart attack and stroke among African-American patients with heart disease, according to a study in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Iowa researchers found meditation reduced the risk of death and hospitalization for cardiac events when compared with patients who got only cardiovascular health education. The study found patients who meditated also saw a reduction in blood pressure. Medscape (free registration)/ (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Quality incentives may save lives, U.K. study finds
    A University of Manchester study found linking hospital payments to performance on 28 quality measures, including heart attack treatment, as associated with a 1.3% drop in mortality rates. The improvements were not found outside the specialties included in the program, which offered up to a 4% incentive payment for hospitals that did well on the quality measures. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Smoking rates unchanged, tobacco control underfunded
    CDC data show only a slight drop in the number of U.S. adult smokers from 2010 to 2011 and a failure by states to implement tobacco control programs at recommended levels. The report said fully funding tobacco control programs could have resulted in a "substantial reduction in tobacco-related disease and death and billions of dollars in savings from averted medical costs and lost productivity." MedPage Today (free registration) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing in the News 
  PCNA Update 
  • PCNA 19th Annual Symposium registration open
    Registration is open for the PCNA 19th Annual Symposium -- coming to Las Vegas from May 2-4, 2013, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel! The PCNA Annual Symposium is your source for cutting-edge information, best practices, and national guidelines in cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management. 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 2013. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Thursday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Thursday, Nov. 22. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
--Marie Curie,
Polish-French physicist and chemist

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