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April 5, 2012
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News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

  Heart Health News 
  • Diabetes plus poor health-related function increases CVD death risk
    Data on 11,247 Australian adults showed those who had diabetes and impaired health-related functioning faced a significantly greater risk of heart disease-related mortality than those with either diabetes or poor HRF alone. "This suggests that, among those with diabetes, impaired HRF is likely to be important in the identification of individuals at increased risk of CVD mortality," the researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. News (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Study: Failure to restart statins raises risks for cancer patients
    University of Michigan researchers said head and neck cancer patients more than doubled their risk of death, heart attack, congestive heart failure, unstable angina or stroke if they failed to restart statin medications after surgery. They said reimbursement policies regarding restoration of these drugs are needed to ensure patients who need the medications have them when they leave the hospital. MedPage Today (free registration) (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wireless heart monitoring device is in the works
    Preventice is working on a device called BodyGuardian that attaches to the skin to wirelessly track a patient's irregular heart rhythm and transmit that data to care providers' mobile devices. The Minneapolis-based firm, which has ties to the Mayo Clinic, is preparing to submit a 510(k) application to the FDA for the device and hopes to commercialize the product this year. (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing in the News 
  • PCNA, ACC have a history of successful collaboration
    The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association partnered with the American College of Cardiology on a symposium at ACC's annual meeting this year, and registered nurse Suzanne Hughes, PCNA's clinical education project director, said the two groups have a "history of a wonderful, collaborative relationship." The event focused on team-based care. Further discussing the topic in an interview, Hughes said there are many tools available in preventive cardiology to improve patient outcomes, but it will take a team effort, including nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians, to determine how to use them most efficiently. Medscape (free registration) (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ICU nurse to bike across U.S. to raise heart health awareness
    Rob Davis, a nurse in the cardiovascular ICU at Fort Worth's Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, plans to bike across the U.S. to raise awareness about heart-healthy lifestyles and money for the American Heart Association. Davis' mother died of a pulmonary embolism and stroke and his father from a heart attack. "I don't want to see what happened to me as a kid happen to other kids," Davis said. "I also don't want it to happen to my kids." Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (4/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PCNA Update 
  • Last Chance to 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. Don't miss out on your chance to experience the premier preventive cardiovascular nursing conference of 2012. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get connected to the PCNA 18th Annual Symposium
    Whether you're at the PCNA Annual Symposium this month in Washington, D.C., or wishing you were, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to collaborate with attendees and colleagues online, get instant access to recaps of sessions, video interviews, news from exhibitors and photos. Follow us here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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