Heart disease

Study Finds Premature Deaths from Five Leading Causes Due to Modifiable Risks

Each year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from the five leading causes of death—yet 20% to 40% of the deaths from each cause could be prevented, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mobility limitations in African Americans linked to depressive symptoms

Mobility limitations in African Americans linked to depressive symptoms

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has led a study displaying a relation between demographic health issues and mobility limitation. Researchers found that depressed African American women had almost three times the odds of mobility limitations than those who are not depressed.

New Program Helps Reduce Risk of Reoccurring Heart Attacks

A new program, Get With the Guidelines, is playing an important role in heart disease prevention by significantly increasing the number of health care providers who follow the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for preventing second heart attacks.

Correlation Found Between Poor Nutrition and Disease for African Americans

Poor eating habits and lack of exercise among African Americans increases their risk of developing cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, according to recent studies by the Public Health Institute (PHI) and the California Department of Health Services (CDHS).

Do Your Patients Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?

If you, or someone close to you, were experiencing the first warning signs of a heart attack, would you know what to do? Chances are, the average American would have difficulty answering “yes” to that question, according to a study published earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Is Working the Late Shift Hazardous to Your Health?

Hospital nurses working the late shift may have a greater risk of developing heart disease because of the strain placed on the heart from working at night when it would otherwise be resting, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association’s Journal Circulation.

African Americans at Higher Risk for Stroke Than Whites

According to U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, African Americans are twice as likely to suffer a stroke than whites, making them more susceptible to stroke than any other ethnic group. Satcher spoke out on this health disparity during a stroke-screening event in Rockville, Md., called “Stroke Sunday.”

All Aboard for Cardiovascular Research TRAINing

Culturally sensitive nurse researchers investigate the causes of unequal heart disease outcomes between Caucasian Americans and the nation’s rapidly growing minority populations.

Going Bananas Over Potassium

Going Bananas Over Potassium

Among the many electrolytes, potassium stands out; one nurse educator offers some tips for advocating potassium in practice

Nurses and Eye Doctors: Teaming Up to Treat the Whole Patient

Nurses and Eye Doctors: Teaming Up to Treat the Whole Patient

Over 25 million Americans currently have diabetes. Perhaps more troubling is the 18.7% of all non-Hispanic blacks aged 20 years or older who currently have the disease. Fortunately, nurses can help combat this trend by fostering a partnership with optometrists, a key ally in early diabetes detection and prevention.

Voice of the People

A unique nurse-led patient advocacy program in Montana is helping to make sure that American Indian patients and their families receive culturally sensitive care

Heart-to-Heart Talk

Heart-to-Heart Talk

By providing culturally sensitive health education, nurses can play a leadership role in preventing cardiovascular disease disparities in African American communities

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