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January 3, 2013
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • Weight-hypertension study supports "paradigm of prevention"
    Being overweight as an adolescent and an adult, or gaining weight during adulthood, raises the risk of high blood pressure, according to a Columbia University study in the journal Hypertension. Researchers said the data "provide further support to the prevailing paradigm of prevention, which emphasizes prevention of risk factors early in life to reduce the impact of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus, in mid and later life." MedWire News (U.K.) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Early appointment boosts attendance at cardiac rehabilitation
    Setting initial cardiac rehabilitation within 10 days of hospital discharge resulted in an 18% increase in attendance at the orientation session, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. Barely 30% of heart attack patients join such a rehabilitation program after being scheduled within one to four weeks of discharge, researchers said. Reuters (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Early signs of heart problems seen in military autopsies
    An analysis of autopsy reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars found that nearly 9% of the service members who died had plaque buildup in their coronary arteries, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Bryant Webber of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., said the study showed the U.S. has made progress reducing heart disease but that more effort is needed to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce heart disease risks. Reuters (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nursing in the News 
  • Governors' report supports expanding NPs' scope of practice
    Nurse practitioners and physicians offer comparable quality of care in terms of patient satisfaction, prescribing accuracy, preventive education and time spent with patients, according to a review of the literature by the National Governors Association. "The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care" report found that expanding nurse practitioners' scope of practice would not lower quality of care and that increased use of NPs could lead to greater access to care. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enrollment in U.S. nursing schools is on the rise
    A report from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing shows increases in nursing-school enrollments in 2012. Entry-level baccalaureate programs grew by 3.5%. RN-to-BSN programs grew 22.2%, an illustration of the increasing demand for nurses with bachelor's degrees, the group said. Nurse.com (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PCNA Update 
  • Attend the PCNA 19th Annual Symposium for just $249
    Registration is open for the PCNA 19th Annual Symposium -- coming to Las Vegas from May 2-4 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. $249 for PCNA members. $324 for nonmembers who become PCNA members. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tell a Friend About Women and Heart Disease
    All women should know about the risk and warning signs for a heart attack -- and health care providers play a leading role in awareness. PCNA's Tell A Friend about Women & Heart Disease campaign provides resources for health care professionals to educate their daughters, sisters, mothers, friends and co-workers about heart disease. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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