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November 1, 2012
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • Nurse leadership is needed for cardiovascular disease prevention
    Studies have found that nurse leadership and team-based prevention and care are benefiting cardiovascular patients, but changes in culture and reimbursement may be needed. "We currently have a crisis in secondary prevention, including obesity, lack of physical activity, smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and the aging of the population obviously complicates things as well," PCNA President-elect Kathy Berra said. "Now, we're going to need teams led by medical professionals, whether they are primary care physicians, internists, nurse practitioners and nurses, who are then supported and work closely with nurses and other healthcare professionals, such as exercise physiologists, psychologists, nutritionists and physical and occupational therapists." Cardiovascular Business magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eating just one high-fat meal affects vascular function
    A single high-fat meal affected vascular function in healthy individuals who did not have cardiovascular disease, University of Calgary researchers told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. The study found microvascular function dropped after the meal, suggesting that impairment of the microvascular bed could be the link between high-fat diets and atherosclerosis. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ECGs for Afib may lead to preventive interventions
    An electrocardiogram can show measures that predict outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation and potentially lead to interventions that alter clinical courses, Dr. Jason Andrade of the Montreal Heart Institute told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. The study found a higher baseline heart rate in sinus rhythm was linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular and all-cause death. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fish consumption may slightly reduce odds of stroke
    Intake of at least two servings of fish per week was linked to a 6% to 12% decline in the risk of suffering a stroke, according to a meta-analysis published in the journal BMJ. However, U.K. researchers found that omega-3 supplementation did not affect the risk of cerebrovascular events. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Smoke-free laws reduce risk of death, hospitalization, study shows
    Smoke-free laws reduced hospital admissions or death from acute coronary events, respiratory disease, cerebrovascular events and other heart conditions, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco found. The report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association said the more comprehensive the laws, the bigger the impact for both smokers and nonsmokers. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health app aids patients in measuring, tracking heart rate
    Azumio has created a mobile health application called Cardio Buddy to enable consumers to leverage any smartphone camera to detect their heart rate in real time based on facial coloration changes. The app also lets patients monitor and measure their overall heart health by providing a history and analysis of their readings. Healthcare IT News (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing in the News 
  PCNA Update 
  • PCNA 19th Annual Symposium registration now open
    Registration is now 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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