Who is covered? Diane Treat-Jacobson, PhD, RN, FAHA and Chair of a recent American Heart Association Science Advisory wants prevention nurses to know that supervised exercise therapy (SET) is covered for patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease (SPAD) by Medicare and Medicaid. So do not miss the opportunity to review the 2019 advisory and the…

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Translation of Scientific Evidence into Clinical Practice Failure to correctly diagnose and treat patients with high blood pressure can put them at risk for stroke, heart disease, and renal failure. Conversely, treating high blood pressure can reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.1 Two PCNA prevention experts, Nancy Houston-Miller and Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb, were involved in formulating the American…

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The role of eggs in the incidence of cardiovascular disease has been examined for decades. In 2016, a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies concluded that, overall, there was no clear association between egg intake and increased or decreased risk of CHD. (1) However, a meta-analysis published in 2019 found that, among U.S. adults, a higher…

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Heart Health Before, During and After the Party During the holidays, it is challenging for families to be heart healthy. Holiday celebrations may also last for several days or weeks, so vigilance is required across the holiday season. Some irony is built into holidays. For example, while experts say to plan, plan, plan for the…

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Preventive cardiovascular nurses facilitate physical activity (PA) and educate about its benefits, with the goals of reducing cardiovascular risk and improving quality of life. Overall, the public health benefit from PA versus being sedentary is very large in terms of reduced medical costs. Additionally, individual benefits for health and well-being are well documented and include…

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Cardiovascular nurses are seasoned professionals at promoting physical activity to their patients. But the way our communities are designed can create barriers that make physical activity more difficult for some. Fortunately, there are a number of initiatives that address these barriers to promoting physical activity. National Physical Activity Plan The National Coalition for Promoting Physical…

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News has reached the lay public about what is termed the PURE diet. Over the last year, confusion and controversy have emerged. What was the study about and what makes understanding the findings of the study so challenging? The Study The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) investigators conducted a large, prospective, cohort study, on 135,335…

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