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December 6, 2012
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

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  • High-quality diet reduces cardiovascular risks, study says
    Patients with cardiovascular disease or diabetes who ate the healthiest diets were less likely to die from CVD and had lower risks of stroke, heart attack and heart failure, compared with people who had the poorest-quality diet, Canadian researchers reported in the journal Circulation. The effects of diet were seen regardless of medications patients were taking. "From this we can infer that patients may derive an additive benefit when dietary modification is combined with proven drug therapies and other lifestyle changes," researchers wrote. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Window of opportunity" seen for addressing childhood obesity
    Children who were overweight or obese at age 10 were more likely to have higher mean heart rates and systolic blood pressure than normal-weight peers, but an effect on vascular function was not found, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "Our findings suggest that there may be a window of opportunity in early childhood to target and potentially reverse obesity before adverse vascular consequences manifest," the investigators wrote. Healio/Cardiology Today (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links smoking, drug and alcohol abuse to early stroke
    Researchers looked at the medical records of nearly 1,200 stroke patients ages 54 and younger in the U.S. and found that in 2005, the most recent year covered, more than half of were smokers, while 1 in 5 used illicit drugs. Researchers also found that 13% of them had used alcohol or drugs or alcohol within a day of their stroke. The study appeared in the journal Stroke. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Response to blood pressure drugs linked to weight
    A study in The Lancet found that body mass index can be used to help determine the best hypertension drugs for individuals. A diuretic drug worked best in obese patients and was associated with an increased risk of cardiac events in those with normal body weight. A calcium channel blocker worked well in patients who were obese, overweight and lean. The drugs were tested with an ACE inhibitor in the Avoiding Cardiovascular Events in Combination Therapy in Patients Living with Systolic Hypertension study. OnMedica (12/6), TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  PCNA Update 
  • New blood pressure patient tool
    A new, improved version of PCNA's "Blood Pressure: How do you measure up?" patient booklet is now available for order. The new version of the booklet features a removable tape measure for patients to determine their blood pressure cuff size. PCNA members can order this patient education tool and more for free on pcna.net. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Attend the PCNA 19th Annual Symposium for just $249
    Registration is open for the PCNA 19th Annual Symposium -- coming to Las Vegas from May 2-4 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. $249 for PCNA members. $324 for nonmembers who become PCNA members. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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