PCNA to Host Session at AAHFN Conference; New Heart Failure Patient Education Tools Launching Soon

For Immediate Release

(June 20, 2014) The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA), headquartered in Madison, Wis., will be attending the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) 10th Annual Conference in Los Angeles June 26 – 28. The three-day conference will center on topics such as managing acute heart failure, pregnancy and heart failure, and heart failure self-management. PCNA will co-sponsor a prevention session at the conference on Saturday, June 28, covering insulin resistance and type II diabetes, and hypertension control and lipid management in patients at high risk for heart failure.

Along with its participation in the conference, PCNA has partnered with AAHFN to create new patient education tools on heart failure. They are designed as a series of 5 patient information sheets that can be provided to patients in a staged process, so as not to be overwhelming. The series will include What Is Heart Failure, Dietary Sodium Intake, Heart Failure and Your Emotions, and Exercise for Patients with Heart Failure. The materials will be available soon on PCNA.net in both tear sheets and digital download.

“We are excited to be a part of the AAHFN conference and to have two PCNA board members, Kathy Berra and Cindy Lamendola, serve as faculty for the prevention session on Saturday. Working with AAHFN representation on the patient education project has added great value to the effort,” says Suzanne Hughes, PCNA Clinical Education Project Director. “It is critical that nurses have clear, plain-language, supportive and encouraging educational tools to use with heart failure patients. We hope the modular format will break the self-care information down into manageable chunks that will not be overwhelming to patients.”

The new series of patient education tear sheets, sponsored by Novartis, joins other popular free patient education materials provided by PCNA such as the Heart Healthy Toolbox, Living Guidelines for Women, and the How Do You Measure Up? (Blood pressure brochure)”. Clinical and patient education materials are available for download at www.pcna.net .

PCNA has established itself as the premier organization of nursing professionals dedicated to the prevention of cardiac and other vascular diseases. PCNA’s mission includes developing and promoting nurses as leaders in this field and supporting comprehensive risk reduction strategies for individuals and populations across the lifespan. PCNA takes pride in supporting leadership, advocacy, lifelong learning and empowerment of the nursing community. To learn more about PCNA and our continuing education, free nursing tools, Annual Symposium and more, visit PCNA.net or join us on facebook.com/heartnurses or twitter @heartnurses.


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