Posts by PCNA

Using the New Metabolic Syndrome Severity Z Score During Prediabetes Treatment

A cornerstone of preventative cardiovascular nursing is education and counseling on lifestyle behaviors and change. Have you ever wondered if all that intense focus on lifestyle makes a difference in either the behaviors, risk factors, and progression to either type 2 diabetes (T2DM) or cardiovascular disease (CVD) for your patients with Metabolic Syndrome (METS)? Efforts…

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New App Tests Your AFib Knowledge

HealthQuest in NVAF is a new app designed to test your knowledge of non-valvular atrial fibrillation. This interactive game lets you compete against your peers, earn achievements, and reach different levels. Much like Jeopardy, you’ll be given clues in the form of answers, and you’ll select from possible responses that are in the form of…

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Plant-based Diets: Healthy or Just Hype?

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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Announcing New Members of the Board of Directors

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association is proud to announce the addition of three new board members, of diverse backgrounds and talents, who will serve on our Board of Directors. These new members, Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Susan Halli Demeter and Lisa Maher, join thirteen other board members whose role is to provide overall strategic guidance to the…

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Experiences in Advocacy: Sweetened Beverage Tax

Karen Larimer PhD, ACNP-BC, FAHA received PCNA’s Advocacy Award for CVD Prevention in 2018. Here, she recounts her advocacy experiences. As a nurse, scientist, and health advocate, I have seen the harmful effects of a sugar-laden diet. Let’s be honest, one doesn’t have to be in the health field to appreciate the impact of sugar…

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Promoting Physical Activity

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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Download the Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium App

Download Instructions Navigate to the App Store or Google Play and Search for “Attendify” (Please note iOS Attendify will be the second selection).  Once finished downloading, open the “Attendify” app Please log in by pressing either the person icon or the “sign in” option on the bottom Enter in your email address that you registered…

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What’s New in Nutrition: The “PURE DIET”

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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Advancing Patient Center Care through Shared Decision Making

Dr. Victor Montori, a leader in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research unit at Mayo Clinic, is interested in how clinical knowledge is produced, disseminated and taken up in practice — and how this leads to optimal health care delivery and patient outcomes. He serves as Director of Community Engagement and of Late Stage Translational Research…

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