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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Announcing the 2022 Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium Award Winners

Each year, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) takes time at the Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium to celebrate the contributions of exceptional individuals and institutions to cardiovascular nursing and cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention and management. We are thrilled to recognize the remarkable achievements of the following cardiovascular professionals in 2022. Each award winner is recognized below…

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Urgent Call to Action for Nurses to Improve Hypertension Control

In response to the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Hypertension, nursing leaders have come together to outline how nurses can address the growing hypertension burden. PCNA joined with 11 other organizations to author a new urgent call to action in the journal Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. The article, titled “Improving Hypertension Control and Cardiovascular…

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Maternal Obesity and Cardiovascular Health

Thank you to Nicole Crossley, RN, BSN, RDN, LD and Emily Jones, PhD, RNC-OB, FAHA, FPCNA for this article on maternal obesity and cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular Maternal Health Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in women.1 This trend is also seen in women of childbearing age, in whom cardiovascular-related causes have become…

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5 Reasons to Attend the 2022 Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium

Whether you attend in person or virtually, the Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium is a great place to network and connect with cardiovascular nurses and providers, to share ideas and gain inspiration for your nursing practice, and to earn CE and pharmacology contact hours. But if that’s not enough for you, we have 5 more reasons to…

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