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March 7, 2013
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • CDC launches Spanish-language cardiovascular health campaign
    The CDC, along with CMS and the NIH Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, has launched a Spanish-language campaign to prevent heart attacks and strokes. The campaign goes beyond translating English materials into Spanish and includes culturally relevant resources, such as a short, illustrated novel about heart health. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is promoting the campaign through community events. Medical Marketing & Media (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties coronary calcium levels to risk of stroke
    Strokes were three times more common in people with high levels of coronary artery calcification, according to a study of almost 4,200 people in Germany. "Stroke risk is tightly aligned with coronary atherosclerosis, showing the closely related nature of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease," the study's lead researcher said. The findings were published in the journal Stroke. HealthDay News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Optimistic outlook may influence cholesterol levels in midlife
    Middle-aged people with a more optimistic outlook in life had higher levels of high-density lipoproteins and lower triglyceride levels than pessimists, according to a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. Researchers found no link between optimism and total cholesterol levels or low-density lipoproteins. Reuters (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • New LDL cholesterol target ahead?
    For the first time in a decade, the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is expected to reconsider its clinical guidelines for LDL cholesterol. Statins have been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular events, but it has not been proven that reducing LDL with other pharmaceuticals has an impact, some cardiologists say. "We can't just assume that modifying the risk factor is modifying risk," says Harlan Krumholz of Yale University. Nature (free content) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diet study fuels call for better data on heart health connections
    Cardiologists are calling for a closer examination of the relationship between diet and heart disease after a recent study showed the Mediterranean diet could be a powerful tool to prevent cardiovascular disease and death. The result could be better recommendations more grounded in science. "As we go on, we realize we know less and less," said Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the division of cardiovascular sciences at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. "We can despair and just make things up, or we can celebrate and say we have a real opportunity to grow here." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  PCNA Update 
  • 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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