Cardiovascular

June 2015 Vol. 10 No. 6

Author: Terri Townsend, MA, RN, CCRN-CMC, CVRN-BC, and Pamela Anderson, MS, RN, ANP-BC, CCRN

Essential (primary) hypertension is one of the most important preventable contributors to illness and death in the United States. Frequently termed the silent killer, hypertension progresses with few symptoms until blood pressure (BP) rises to dangerous levels. An estimated 78 million nonpregnant Americans ages 20 and older have hypertension, making . . .

February 2015 Vol. 10 No. 2

Author: Sharon E. Vincent, DNP, RN, MSN, and Karen S. Mutsch, DNP, RN MSN

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Despite life-sustaining medical management for patients with critically worsening symptoms, heart failure (HF) prevalence continues to rise. An estimated 5.7 adult Americans have HF, and the prevalence is expected to rise 46% from 2012 to 2030, resulting in more than 8 million . . .

July 2014 Vol. 9 No. 7

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

In patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the administration of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) or maintaining a higher hemoglobin (Hgb) concentration through blood transfusion did not improve neurological outcome at 6 months, according to a study in JAMA. Transfusing at higher hemoglobin concentrations was associated with a higher risk . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

On June 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Eloctate, Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), Fc fusion protein, for use in adults and children who have Hemophilia A. Read more . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

People with diets higher in protein, especially from fish, may be less likely to have a stroke than those with diets lower in protein, according to a meta-analysis published in Neurology. Read more . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

According to a study in JAMA, adding thrombolytics to conventional approaches when treating patients with sudden-onset pulmonary embolism is associated with 47% fewer deaths than using standard anticoagulant medications alone. Read more and read the study abstract . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. One of the recommendations is one-time screening by ultrasonography in men ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked. The task force is an independent panel of nonFederal experts in prevention and . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

At least 10 percent of people who have a myocardial infarction (MI) may have undiagnosed diabetes, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014. Read more . . .