News and Articles

Plant-based Diets: Healthy or Just Hype?

By PCNA | May 15, 2019

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…

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Promoting Physical Activity

By PCNA | April 10, 2019

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.…

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

By PCNA | March 5, 2019

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…

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Churches as Influential Institutions for Health Promotion

By PCNA | February 25, 2019

There are several studies citing churches as influential institutions for health promotion in black communities.1,2,3 It has also been established that therapeutic lifestyle change is a recommended treatment for hypertension.…

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Beating the Weather and Maintaining Routine Physical Exercise

By PCNA | January 11, 2019

Many common health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and stroke have been linked to poor lifestyle choices (4). One of the simplest forms of disease prevention that many…

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Exercise and Mental Health: What’s Optimal

By PCNA | December 27, 2018

As the winter months ensue, health behaviors are at risk for taking a negative turn. Changes in eating patterns, increased sedentary time, reduced overall activity, and altered sleep patterns are…

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The Importance of Atrial Fibrillation Burden

By PCNA | December 24, 2018

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is increasingly viewed as a public health problem due to its increased incidence, prevalence, and adverse impact on the growing aging population. Past studies of the burden…

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Climate Change and Health

By PCNA | December 19, 2018

Climate change threatens human health and well-being in the United States. The U.S. Global Change Research Program conducted a Climate and Health Assessment in order to enhance understanding and inform…

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PCNA and Million Hearts: Helping More People Reap the Benefits of Cardiac Rehab

By PCNA | November 27, 2018

Participation in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) improves quality of life and reduces the risk of death and readmissions to the hospital. Individuals who complete all 36 sessions of CR have a…

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PCNA Endorses New Cholestrol and Physical Acitivity Guidelines

By PCNA | November 27, 2018

Prevention was a major theme of the 2018 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions held in Chicago this November. Two guideline updates are especially relevant to preventive cardiovascular nurses. The Preventive…

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