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February 7, 2013
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
 
  • Study: Family history of stroke may not prompt lifestyle changes
    A study of African-Americans living in the Stroke Belt of Alabama found that awareness of a family history of stroke did not motivate lifestyle changes that reduce cardiovascular risks, Georgia State University researchers reported at the International Stroke Conference's State of the Science Stroke Nursing Symposium. Nurse practitioner and researcher Dawn Aycock said health care providers must understand the importance of a family history and reinforce the need for regular screenings, diet and exercise as well as the need to control cholesterol and blood pressure. Medscape (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How should prehypertension be treated?
    Some attendees at the 2013 International Conference on Prehypertension and Cardiometabolic Syndrome said they are not waiting for study data and are treating high-risk patients with prehypertension using low-dose drug therapy. Dr. Flavio Fuchs, who presented data from the Prevention of Hypertension in Patients with Prehypertension study, said he was not convinced nondrug interventions were effective but changed his mind after recent studies showed lower systolic blood pressure when participants adopted a low-salt and low-calorie diet. Medscape (free registration)/TheHeart.org (Montreal) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Baby boomers have more chronic disease than their parents
    West Virginia University researchers say baby boomers today are not as healthy as their parents were, having higher rates of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and self-reported disability than the generation before them. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found while fewer baby boomers smoke, the previous generation got more regular exercise. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Taking calcium may raise men's risk of death from heart disease
    Taking 1,000 milligrams of calcium supplement per day increased a man's risk of dying from heart disease by 20%, but did not have the same effect in women, according to an analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine. Calcium from diet, however, was not associated with an increased risk. The study followed more than 388,000 men and women age 50 to 71. HealthDay News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ramipril improves walking ability of PAD patients, study finds
    Researchers followed 212 people with peripheral artery disease and found that those who received the blood pressure drug ramipril walked 4 minutes longer on treadmill and got an extra 75 seconds of pain-free walking, on average, than those who took placebo. The improvement may sound relatively small but it surpasses the benefits of two FDA-approved drugs intended to improve PAD patients' walking ability, a researcher said. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing in the News 
  • Bill would create a National Nurse for Public Health position
    House lawmakers introduced the National Nurse Act to name the U.S. Public Health Service's chief nurse officer as the National Nurse for Public Health to work alongside the surgeon general. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, who is a registered nurse, said nurses "play a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention." The Hill/Floor Action blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PCNA Update 
  • New webinar: Healthy lifestyle change
    Making and sustaining changes in dietary habits, physical activity levels and smoking cessation are integral components of reducing cardiovascular disease risk, specifically in reaching target blood pressure, weight, and lipid goals. Join us on Feb. 27 for an important web-based presentation which will explore common challenges, practical solutions, and a new collection of simple tools and resources to support your work and your patients' efforts. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Win $5,000 to fund your organization's wellness program
    PCNA is challenging hospitals and organizations to spread awareness about heart disease prevention by hosting a Prevention Challenge for your employees or members. Participating organizations have the option to submit your Prevention Challenge to PCNA for a chance to win a $5,000 award to fund your healthy lifestyle or wellness program. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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