Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Treatment: An Individualized Approach

Putting the pieces together of CVD diagnosis and treatment plan requires an individualized approach—and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is no exception. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Prevalence and Diagnosis HCM is the most common genetic heart disease in the United States, with one in 500 or 0.2% diagnosed with the condition worldwide. HCM causes thickening of the left ventricle…

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Sleep and Cardiovascular Health

Understanding the interconnectedness of sleep and cardiovascular health allows nurses and other healthcare providers to help patients reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and help improve patient outcomes.

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Post-acute COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Health

Thank you to Oluwabunmi Ogungbe, PhD, MPH, RN; Ruth-Alma Turkson-Ocran PhD, MPH, RN, FNP-BC; and Diana Baptiste DNP, RN, CNE, FPCNA, FAAN for this article on post-acute COVID-19 and cardiovascular health. Promoting Awareness of Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 and its Impact on Cardiovascular Health What Cardiovascular Nurses Need to Know In 2019, the severe acute…

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Cardiovascular Disease in Cancer Patients

Hearing ‘You have cancer’ brings with it an abundance of emotions. It leads to a series of not-always-clear decision points. The hopes and fears surrounding potential treatments, side effects, morbidity and mortality scenarios, the gauntlet of healthcare providers, along with the insurance and financial stressors can be an incredible burden to a patient and family.…

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Board of Directors Transitions

PCNA Welcomes New Board Member PCNA is pleased to announce the addition of Diana Baptiste, DNP, RN, CNE, FPCNA, FAAN to our Board of Directors. Dr. Baptiste of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care joins thirteen other board members whose role is to provide overall strategic guidance to the organization. Presidential…

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New: Aortic Stenosis Video Series

PCNA is excited to release a four-part video series on aortic stenosis. One of the most common, and serious, valve disease issues, aortic stenosis involves the narrowing of the aortic valve opening and restriction of blood flow. Caused by a congenital heart defect, or during aging as damage to the valve by calcium or scarring,…

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Hiding in Plain Sight? A Focus on Diagnosing and Addressing the Unmet Needs in Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Individuals with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HOFH) are typically less responsive, or even unresponsive, to standard lipid-lowering therapies such as statins and PCSK9 inhibitors, and may benefit from treatment with other mechanisms of action. This curriculum is designed to educate clinicians about the prevalence of heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) and HOFH, the importance of screening for…

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Heart Health Screening: A Community Approach in Baltimore, MD

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) led by Dr. Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PhD, MHS, RN and Dr. Diana Baptiste DNP, RN, CNE, FAAN  partnered with local Baltimore organizations to develop a series of outreach screening tools. The screening tools are designed to assist PCNA chapters across the country in identifying individuals in the community and clinical…

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2022 Poster and Abstract Winners

Each year, PCNA invites nurses and other healthcare professionals to submit abstracts on the topic of cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management for presentation at the Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium. Abstracts fit into three categories: original research, innovative projects, and graduate capstone. In 2022, we were proud to accept 12 posters for presentation at our meeting. You can view…

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