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March 15, 2012
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • CPAP for sleep apnea may help prevent heart failure, study says
    Treating obstructive sleep apnea may reduce the risk of developing heart failure, according to a study from the University of Birmingham Center for Cardiovascular Sciences in England. The study in Circulation: Heart Failure found that sleep apnea can enlarge the heart and reduce its pumping ability, but that continuous positive airway pressure therapy helps restore the heart's size and function to nearly normal levels. Yahoo!/HealthDay News (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weight loss around midsection improves blood flow, study shows
    A six-month weight-loss study showed that losing belly fat helps arteries to expand as needed so blood flows more freely. Johns Hopkins University researchers, who reported their findings at the American Heart Association scientific meeting, also found that participants in a low-carb diet lost an average of 10 pounds more than those on a low-fat diet. United Press International (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CDC: Heart disease prevention, treatment helped cut mortality rates
    The U.S. mortality rate has dropped 60% over 75 years, and in the past 40 years significant gains in preventing and treating heart disease and stroke likely helped push the decline even as other diseases increased, said Donna Hoyert of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. In 1935, heart disease, cancer and stroke were among the top five causes of death, as they were in every year covered by the CDC's report. (3/13), WebMD (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Guidelines back cardiac resynchronization in mild heart failure
    The Heart Failure Society of America has released new guidelines recommending cardiac resynchronization therapy for patients with mild heart failure symptoms. CRT is particularly recommended for patients in sinus rhythm with QRS duration greater than or equal to 150 ms with no right bundle branch block, who still suffer from severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction and functional class II to III symptoms despite getting optimal medical therapy. The updated guidelines were published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure. News (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nursing in the News 
  • Prevention measures are focus of National Public Health Week
    The first week of April is National Public Health Week, and this year's theme is "A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement." The week will highlight preventive measures that support healthier lives. A delegation from the National Nursing Network Organization will lobby Congress in support of HR 3679, the National Nurse Act of 2011, which would create the position of National Nurse for Public Health. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Recession changed job perceptions for new nurses, study shows
    Research done as part of the RN Work Project found that registered nurses who got their license during the recession have a stronger commitment to their employer than colleagues who were practicing before the recent economic downturn. The study in the American Journal of Nursing found both groups had similar rates of job satisfaction but noted that, even with more nurses committed to staying at their positions, they still were looking for new ones. (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PCNA Update 
  • Register for the PCNA 18th Annual Symposium -- April 12-14
    The PCNA 18th Annual Symposium promises to be a time of learning about cutting-edge cardiovascular prevention care and the latest cardiovascular research and guidelines from nationally known speakers. Join us for the premier preventive cardiovascular nursing conference of 2012 in Washington, D.C., April 12 to 14. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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