Cardiac rehab plus stress management may reduce future CVD events | CHD plus high triglycerides may boost mortality risk, study says | Many women unaware of heart disease risk, study says
March 24, 2016
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Cardiac rehab plus stress management may reduce future CVD events
A 151-patient study in the journal Circulation found stress management training during cardiac rehabilitation was associated with lower rates of heart attack, stroke, chest pain and death. The patients had a median follow-up period of three years.
HealthDay News (3/21) 
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CHD plus high triglycerides may boost mortality risk, study says
Patients with coronary heart disease plus high triglyceride levels may have an increased all-cause mortality risk, according to a study in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Researchers said the data support further investigation into the use of triglyceride-lowering drugs for cardiovascular risk reduction.
Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (3/22) 
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Many women unaware of heart disease risk, study says
In an online survey, 74% of 1,000 women had at least one risk factor for heart disease but just 16% had been told of their risk by a physician, according to research to be presented at an American College of Cardiology meeting in April. Younger women, along with those who were minorities or had lower incomes, were least likely to know their heart disease risk factors.
HealthDay News (3/23) 
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What's at the heart of a cryptogenic stroke?
Diagnosing the cause of a cryptogenic stroke can be challenging. Exploring all options gives you the best chance to find a cause and reduce the risk of another stroke for your patients. A guide for Healthcare Professionals, Understanding Diagnosis and Treatment of Cryptogenic Strokes, is now available! To learn more, visit
Emerging Trends
Mortality from heart disease is down, but progress varies across US
Heart disease mortality in the US has fallen over the past four decades, but progress has been uneven, according to a report from the CDC. Deaths dropped 61% overall among 3,000 US counties examined, and every county saw improvement, but the magnitude of the drop varied from as high as 83% in some counties to as low as 9% in others. CDC researcher Michele Casper said deaths from heart disease are preventable and public health interventions may reduce the burden of heart disease and geographic disparities in death rates.
CBS News (3/21),  Reuters (3/21) 
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DNA tests don't induce risk-reducing behaviors, study shows
Most people do not stop smoking, eat a more healthful diet or adopt other healthy behaviors after receiving genetic test results that show they have an elevated risk for cancer or heart disease, a study reported in The BMJ found. However, the researchers did not study whether the manner in which genetic test results are delivered affects subsequent behaviors, noted genetic counselor Mary Freivogel. Delivering genetic test results without counseling is like "giving someone an unassembled tool with hundreds of pieces without any instructions," Freivogel said.
HealthDay News (3/16),  MedPage Today (free registration) (3/16) 
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Nursing in the News
Chicago hospital studies Pet Pause pilot for stress reduction
Rush University Medical Center in Chicago holds animal therapy sessions to help nurses and other staff reduce workplace stress, bringing in dogs and even a miniature horse. Hospital nurses conducted a study of the Pet Pause monthly program and early results suggest it has benefits consistent with those found in other animal therapy studies.
The Associated Press (3/23) 
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PCNA Update
Triglycerides patient education tool -- Updated and available
Looking for help treating patients for high triglycerides? We've got you covered with our newly revised "Triglycerides: What You Need to Know" patient education sheet. The one-page tool includes examples of potential medication treatments and lifestyle actions -- providing valuable conversation points for the clinical setting as well as a take-home resource to help decrease patients' risk of heart disease and increase their adherence to treatment regimens. The tool is available for download and can also be ordered as a hard copy.
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