Triglyceride screening guidelines call for assessing cardio risks | Assessment tool raises risk awareness, doesn't end underestimation | Omega-3 supplementation may not curb heart risks
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September 13, 2012
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Triglyceride screening guidelines call for assessing cardio risks
The Endocrine Society says adults should get tested for high triglycerides every five years because of the risks of cardiovascular disease and pancreatitis linked to hypertriglyceridemia. Patients with high triglyceride levels should have additional cardiovascular risk screenings, according to recommendations made in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Medscape (free registration)/Heartwire (9/10) 
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Assessment tool raises risk awareness, doesn't end underestimation
The CDC's Family Healthware assessment tool increased perception of heart disease risk by 15% in a study of people with a family history of heart disease, compared with 9% in a control group, according to Boston University researchers. People who underestimated their risk continued to do so after the assessment but still had a better understanding, researchers said. Patients who used the Healthware tool also got personalized prevention messages based on their risk of heart disease, according to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Center for Advancing Health/Health Behavior News Service (9/12) 
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Omega-3 supplementation may not curb heart risks
A meta-analysis of 20 studies showed that taking omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements did not lower the risk of experiencing cardiovascular or cerebrovascular episodes. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
MedPage Today (free registration) (9/11) 
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Oklahoma City pushes heart disease prevention program
Oklahoma City is asking people to sign up for a heart disease prevention program that is being paid for by money from the $10 billion preventive health fund created by the Affordable Care Act. The program, which offers free medications and checkups for those who take a health class, is part of a wider program aimed at improving health by changing behaviors.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (9/10) 
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Nursing in the News
Beacon project uses nurses to reduce readmission rates
Video conferences between nurses and patients with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease helped reduce hospital readmissions to 3%, compared with a 20% national rate, according to data from the Indiana Beacon project. Officials said one nurse with support staff could handle up to 75 patients.
MedCityNews.com (9/12) 
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Calif. nurse ratio law led hospitals to hire staff, study says
Data on California's 1999 law that requires minimum nurse-to-patient ratios found hospitals with the biggest shortfalls hired the most nurses, but even those that had enough nurses added staff, according to a study in the journal Health Services Research. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing found hospitals with the biggest staff shortages hired more licensed vocational nurses, and the overall effects of the ratios on quality of care were unclear.
Center for Advancing Health/Health Behavior News Service (9/12) 
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PCNA Update
Team-based approach to heart disease prevention key in identifying missed opportunities for controlling hypertension
PCNA responds to CDC Vital Signs report with the early release of new patient education material on controlling blood pressure. Read more.
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