News and Articles

How Cardiac Rehab Can Improve Functional Capacity in Patients with LVAD

By Nicole Interrante | September 28, 2021

Thank you to PCNA volunteer Nicole Interrante, RN-BSN- BC for this helpful article on cardiac rehab and LVAD. Heart failure affects a staggering 26 million people worldwide.1 Due to its…

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Skeletal Muscle Mass and Cardiovascular Health

By Elizabeth Moxley | July 13, 2021

What is the connection between skeletal muscle mass and cardiovascular health? Three recent studies demonstrate that an increase in skeletal muscle mass could lead to improved cardiovascular health regardless of…

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Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and CVD

By Emily Jones | June 28, 2021

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…

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Arriving at the Crossroads of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

By Melissa Magwire | June 21, 2021

Melissa Magwire, MSN, RN, CDCES authored the following post as a part of PCNA’s collaboration with the Know Diabetes By Heart TM initiative. Getting to the Heart of the Issue…

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Self-measured Blood Pressure Monitoring: Using a Validated Device is Key to Accurate Measurement

By Yvonne Commodore-Mensah | May 4, 2021

Using a clinically accurate validated device for blood pressure monitoring is important in the battle against uncontrolled hypertension. Uncontrolled Hypertension Remains a Clinical and Public Health Challenge Approximately, 46% of…

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

By Elizabeth Moxley | March 3, 2021

The recently updated clinical practice guideline for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) entitled, 2020 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Executive Summary1 provides recommendations for the…

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A Decline in Hypertension Awareness Among Young Women

By Diana Baptiste | February 2, 2021

Thank you to Diana-Lyn Baptiste, DNP, RN, CNE, FAAN and Olubunmi Ogungbe, MPH, RN for this article on the decline in hypertension awareness in young women. An Alarming Concern for…

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The Path to Reversing Worsening Hypertension Control in the US

By Yvonne Commodore-Mensah | January 25, 2021

Calling All Nurses: The Path to Reversing Worsening Hypertension Control in the US A recent study points to a trend of worsening hypertension control in the United States. What is…

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COVID-19 and Exercise: Safe Practices to Prevent Cardiovascular Complications

By Elizabeth Moxley | December 7, 2020

Epidemiological evidence suggests exercise offers preventive as well as therapeutic health-related benefits.1-4 Exercise prevents the development of obesity and cardiovascular-related diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and thrombosis,1, 3-4…

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Enhancing Physical Activity Through Health Care Providers: Exercise is Medicine®

By Anne Fish | October 22, 2020

Health care providers can help their patients incorporate regular physical activity into their lifestyles and make decisions regarding their overall health with handouts available from Exercise is Medicine and the…

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