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December 20, 2012
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • 10 big cardiovascular advances of 2012
    A study supporting longer-duration cardiopulmonary resuscitation topped a list of 2012's 10 biggest research advances in cardiovascular health as chosen by the American Heart Association. Also on the list were studies on the use of renal denervation to treat high blood pressure, the link between obesity and sugary drinks, and the relative merits of coronary artery bypass grafting and percutaneous coronary intervention with drug-eluting stents. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Few Americans have ideal heart health, data show
    Only 3% of Americans have ideal cardiovascular health, while 10% have poor heart health, according to research reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The conclusions are based on a survey of 350,000 Americans who reported on metrics including blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and diabetes. The percentage of heart-healthy respondents was lowest in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Mississippi and highest in Washington, D.C., Vermont and Virginia. Healio/Cardiology Today (12/19), (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Distress may increase risk of stroke-related death in seniors
    Seniors with the highest levels of psychosocial distress such as depression faced three times the risk of stroke-related mortality compared with people who experienced lower stress, according to a study in the journal Stroke. "The study adds to the growing evidence that stress is a significant factor in cardiovascular disease and stroke," said neurologist Ralph Sacco, however, it did not prove a causal relationship. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Study: Less is better when it comes to aspirin after heart procedure
    Higher doses of aspirin were associated with greater bleeding risks but not better ischemia outcomes in a study that followed 2,851 people after percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions examined three years of data from the HORIZONS-AMI trial. Modern Medicine/Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nursing in the News 
  • Minn. task force says NPs should practice independently
    A Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force report called for nurse practitioners to be allowed to work independently of physicians to help address a shortage of primary care providers. Task force member Dr. Therese Zink said the reality is the state "can't afford to wait." Seventeen states, including Iowa and North Dakota, permit advanced practice nurses to practice independently. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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 LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New "Get Heart Healthy" patient website now available
    A new patient webpage is now available for patients and community members seeking information about risk factors for heart disease and stroke, including blood pressure, cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, angina, triglycerides and HDL, and familial hypercholesterolemia. Direct patients to for quick, on demand information about these topics and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • PCNA SmartBrief will not publish next week
    In observance of the Christmas holiday, SmartBrief will not publish next Thursday. Publication will resume Jan. 3. Enjoy the holidays! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Friedrich Nietzsche,
German philosopher

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