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November 29, 2012
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • Medical groups update guidelines for stable ischemic heart disease
    An expert panel representing the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and six other health care associations issued updated guidelines for treating stable ischemic heart disease. Recommendations include lifestyle interventions such as diet and exercise, smoking cessation and medications that prevent heart attacks and control cholesterol and hypertension. (11/19), (Montreal) (free registration) (11/19), Forbes (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hemorrhage risk from warfarin may be highest in first month
    Atrial fibrillation patients who take the anticoagulant warfarin were most at risk of developing a hemorrhage during the first month of medication, according to a study of 125,195 patients in Canada. The risk for hemorrhage was as high as 15% during the first 30 days, depending on other risk factors, including hypertension and congestive heart failure. The study appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Reminders increase statin adherence in study
    Patients who received automated phone calls and follow-up letters were more likely to fill initial prescriptions for statins than those who did not receive reminders, according to a study of 5,216 patients who did not fill their new prescriptions within two weeks. Patients whose insurance plans included a drug benefit were more likely to fill prescriptions, the researchers found. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mandatory heart tests for young athletes would be costly
    Mandated cardiac screening for 8.5 million high-school and college athletes in the U.S. would cost $51 billion to $69 billion and would save an estimated 4,800 lives over 20 years, Israeli researchers found. In addition, 3.4 million student-athletes would have to be disqualified to prevent fewer than 5,000 deaths, according to the study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. HealthDay News (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing in the News 
  • Neb. nurses to study exercise among heart failure patients
    The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in Lincoln will use a $3.4 million NIH grant for a five-year study on heart failure patients' adherence to exercise. Clinicians know today that "exercise is safe and beneficial," but they struggle to hold patients to a regular regime of it, UNMC researcher Bunny Pozehl said. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. considers bill to allow NPs to prescribe on their own
    New Jersey state Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, has introduced a bill that would give advanced practice registered nurses the power to prescribe drugs independently, eliminating the need for a formal agreement with a consulting physician. Supporters said the bill would help address the shortage of primary care providers in the state, which is expected to get worse once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented. (New Jersey) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  PCNA Update 
  • Webinar today: Evaluation of Cardiac Symptoms in Women with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease
    Join us today at 1 p.m. ET for a case-based discussion about the gender differences in pathophysiology, risk factors, and clinical presentation of cardiovascular disease in women. This presentation will explore the evaluation of cardiac symptoms in women, including noninvasive and invasive imaging and emerging risk markers and will include benefits, limitations, risks and cost when choosing diagnostic strategies. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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