Is Cardiovascular Disease Part of Hispanic Heritage?

Thank you to Brenda Olmos, MSN, APRN, FNP-C and Emily Jones, PhD, RNC-OB, FAHA, FPCNA for this article on cardiovascular disease and Hispanic heritage. During Hispanic Heritage Month, many organizations are recognizing the contributions of Latinos/Hispanics/Latinx populations to American society. (For the purpose of this article, these terms will be used interchangeably to preserve the original…

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Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and CVD

Pregnancy Presents Distinct Opportunities for Nurse-Led Maternal Cardiovascular Disease Prevention United States maternal health is currently under the microscope. Unacceptably high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity have required maternal health advocates, health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and health care systems to intently examine the complex problems from many angles. In the cardiovascular arena, mounting…

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Mindfulness and Cardiovascular Health

Leveraging Mindfulness for Cardiovascular Health Thank you to Emily J. Jones, PhD, RNC-OB, and Nicole Crossley, MS, RN, RD for this article on mindfulness for cardiovascular health. Stress is ubiquitous in society and certainly in the midst of a global pandemic. Stress can range from acute and time-limited to chronic and enduring. Increasingly, over the…

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Continued Gaps in Postpartum Follow-Up Care After Complications of Pregnancy Increase CVD Risk

Pregnancy is now recognized as a cardiometabolic stress test. This means that the development of a pregnancy complication, such as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), hypertensive disorder of pregnancy (HDP), or preterm delivery reveals evolving risk for maternal development of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes.1 Further, intrauterine exposure to these pregnancy complications is linked to…

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Gestational Diabetes Confers Cardiovascular Risk in Young Women

Cardiovascular (CV) nurses have long provided prevention-focused care for individuals, families, and communities across the life course. Moving forward, CV nurses will increasingly become leaders in the care of pregnant and postpartum women during and after gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), glucose intolerance that is identified first during pregnancy, and is determined to not be pre-existing…

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Research Rooted in Advocacy

Emily Jones, BSN, PhD, RNC-OB received PCNA’s Advocacy Award for CVD Prevention in 2019. Here, she recounts her advocacy experiences. Nurses advocate in myriad ways, seen and unseen. We advocate for individual patients, families, communities, groups with diverse health needs, and society’s most vulnerable and marginalized. We advocate in clinics for the best plans of…

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Cardiovascular Disease is the Leading Cause of U.S. Maternal Death

Women in the United States (U.S.) have a higher risk of dying during pregnancy and the postpartum period than women in any other industrialized country. Approximately three in five pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. are preventable.1 Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of maternal death and is responsible for >33% of pregnancy-related deaths, including cardiomyopathy…

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