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October 18, 2012
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • CDC: Cholesterol levels decline among U.S. adults
    CDC researchers said average cholesterol levels in U.S. adults declined from 1988 to 2010. People are eating less trans fat, smoking less and taking more lipid-reducing drugs. The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association said even though more people are taking cholesterol medications, improvements also were seen among those not on the drugs. The average LDL cholesterol level remains above rates that indicate a risk for heart disease. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lifestyle changes can improve cardiovascular measures, study says
    Overweight and obese type 2 diabetes patients who followed an intensive diet and exercise program showed a 12% increase in total adiponectin and a nearly 10% improvement in good cholesterol levels, according to a study in the Journal of Lipid Research. Study author Dr. Christie Ballantyne, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Methodist Hospital in Houston, said diet and exercise can improve the function of adipose tissue, the heart, muscles and the vascular system, measures that are not seen by looking at the number on the scale. HealthDay News (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data show calcium supplements do not raise cardiovascular risk
    Women who take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis do not increase their risk of cardiovascular disease, Harvard Medical School researchers said. The data came from the Nurses' Health Study and included women taking more than 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • FDA survey: Trans-fat intake down since 2003
    Researchers from the Food and Drug Administration say consumers are eating less trans fat since a labeling requirement was established in 2003, but there is still room for progress. According to the survey, the average per-person intake between 2003 and 2006 was 1.3 grams per day, down from 6.1 grams between 1999 and 2002. FoodNavigator (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Americans drink diet beverages, CDC data show
    More men and women consumed diet drinks in 2010 than in 2000, CDC researchers said, but overall only 20% of people are choosing diet beverages on any given day. Data showed sugar intake from regular soda dropped from 150 calories per day in 2000 to 91 calories in 2008. USA TODAY (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regular checkups fail to improve diagnosis of heart disease, cancer
    Danish researchers who looked at 16 clinical trials found that general health checkups did not significantly reduce deaths caused by either cardiovascular disorders or cancer. However, they reported in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews an increased number of diagnoses tied to routine checks such as hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing in the News 
  • Nurses offer accurate assessment of hospital quality, study shows
    Nurses have accurate perceptions of the quality of hospital care because they are front-line caregivers who interact with patients daily, researchers reported in the journal Research in Nursing and Health. Lead author Matthew McHugh said nurses have insights into patient-provider interactions, how well technology works and family education, things that are not always found in medical records but do affect outcomes. HealthDay News (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PCNA Update 
  • New webinar: Evaluation of Cardiac Symptoms in Women with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease
    Join us 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 Call for Abstracts: Due Nov. 1
    Showcase your data-based research or quality improvement/innovation in patient care to hundreds of fellow health care professionals by submitting your original abstract by Nov. 1 for presentation at the 2013 PCNA 19th Annual Symposium in Las Vegas. Two outstanding abstracts will be selected for a 10-minute oral presentation in general session and a $250 award. Submit today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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