Vaping and Cardiovascular Disease: Trendy but toxic?

It is no secret that traditional tobacco cigarette smoking is the leading cause of the modifiable cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in the United States.1 Electronic cigarettes, or vaping, were developed as an alternative for those who may or may not want to quit smoking. However, the health effects of these devices provide little insight…

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Cardiac Rehab During COVID-19

Flexing to a Pandemic The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) felt like an aftershock of a large-scale earthquake across the globe last year. Health care facilities scrambled to care for patients virtually to minimize exposure to the life-threatening virus. Perhaps this Benjamin Franklin quote is most pertinent to the times: “change is the only constant…

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Keeping the Lantern Lit: The Role of Self-care in Preventing Burnout

An anonymous author once shared that an empty lantern provides no light. A health care professional (HCP) that has experienced burnout is as ineffective as an empty lantern. HCPs experience job burnout at alarming rates, which significantly compromises patient safety and quality of care (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2017). The COVID-19 pandemic has…

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Are Plant-based Diets Beneficial to Cardiovascular Health?

We took a look at the evidence for plant-based diets to answer the question: healthy or just hype? Case Study LW is a 55 year- old Caucasian female seen in the office by the cardiology advance practice nurse for evaluation and treatment of hyperlipidemia. She presented with an Agatston coronary artery calcium score of 272;…

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