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January 10, 2013
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • "Call to arms": Emphasize exercise for heart health
    The benefits of exercise for patients with stable ischemic heart disease are well-known, but physical activity remains "woefully underutilized" in the prevention of secondary cardiovascular disease, a group of physicians wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. William Boden of the VA Medical Center/Albany Medical College said the article was a "call to arms" and the "mantra here is that exercise is medicine." Medscape (free registration)/Heartwire (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More evidence is needed on BP screening in children, review finds
    Studies have linked elevated blood pressure to cardiovascular problems in adults, but less is known about the long-term effects of high blood pressure in children and few studies have examined the pros and cons of screening children for high blood pressure, a review showed. Research must address whether blood pressure tests in children are reliable, whether treatment is safe and effective and whether screening lowers heart and mortality risks, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics. Reuters (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women who walk more have lower stroke risk, study finds
    A European study in the journal Stroke revealed women who walked at least three hours weekly were less likely to suffer stroke than those who walked less, or those who did not walk at all. "The message for the general population remains similar: regularly engaging in moderate recreational activity is good for your health," said lead author Jose Maria Huerta from Spain. Yahoo/Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Dabigatran performs well in study
    The anticoagulant dabigatran performed safely and effectively in a group of 938 unselected patients with atrial fibrillation, according to a German study presented at a meeting. Less than 2% of the patients experienced major cardiovascular events, and 1% experienced minor cardiovascular events. Bleeding complications were experienced by 14.9% of patients, but only 1.5% faced major bleeding, the study found. Healio (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study supports clinical use of primary prevention ICDs
    Survival is comparable among clinical trial patients who get an implantable cardioverter defibrillator and those in a clinical registry who get one for primary prevention, according to a study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute. The researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association that data support using primary prevention ICDs in clinical practice. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing in the News 
  • Heart association joins NSAID alliance
    The American Heart Association has joined the Alliance for the Rational Use of NSAIDs, which raises awareness about cardiovascular and other health risks of taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. AHA spokesman Dr. Elliott Antman said the heart group advises clinicians that, from a cardiovascular perspective, patients should take the lowest NSAID dose needed for the shortest period of time. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners also is a group member. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PCNA Update 
  • Become a P3 Mentee
    The P3 Mentoring Program was launched to promote the development and exercise the leadership skills of cardiovascular nurses. PCNA members who are interested in learning from experienced CVD professionals in areas such as (but not limited to), advocacy, scholarship, career, and behavioral counseling should contact PCNA's Membership Relations Coordinator, Megan Halverson, for more information on how to become a P3 mentee. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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