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September 2014
U.S. Hospital First to Enroll Patient in Global Brain Aneurysm Study

Florida's Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville this week became the first hospital in the world to enroll a patient in an international study that is assessing a new way to treat brain aneurysms.Baptist Jacksonville is one of 20 sites globally that will ...

Posted on: September 16, 2014
AWHONN Names Five Nurses Winners of Fetal Heart Monitoring Award

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has awarded five recipients with the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award for the first quarter of 2014.Each year, the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring ...

Posted on: September 12, 2014
Excessive Sodium Consumption Puts U.S. Children at Risk for Hypertension

More than 90% of children ages 6-18 years in the U.S. eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease ...

Posted on: September 10, 2014
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Names New Cardiopulmonary Manager

Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has selected Jessica Garcia, BS, to serve as the cardiopulmonary manager.In this new role, Garcia will be responsible for ensuring high-quality respiratory service and weighing opportunities to enhance services.Garcia has ...

Posted on: September 03, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich. - Grant Creates Research Program at U-M for Thai Nurses

Heart disease, diabetes, high-blood pressure and other non-communicable diseases will soon become the leading cause of sickness and death in Thailand as the country becomes wealthier. To better prevent and manage these diseases, there's a growing need ...

Posted on: September 02, 2014
Polypill Increases Patients' Medication Adherence Following a Heart Attack

New research shows a novel polypill increases patient adherence to treatment following a myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attack, according to new study results reported at the European Society of Cardiology's ESC Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. ...

Posted on: September 01, 2014
August 2014
Baptist Jacksonville Specialists Implant World's Smallest,Wireless Pacemaker

Cardiologists with Baptist Heart Specialists at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville are the first in Florida to implant the world's smallest pacemaker, which does not require wires to connect to the heart.One-tenth the size of a conventional pacemaker ...

Posted on: August 25, 2014
Cleveland Clinic, North Shore-LIJ Create NY Regional Alliance for Cardiac Care

The Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute has selected the North Shore-LIJ Health System to serve as its exclusive alliance member in the New York metropolitan area.The unique alliance announced jointly this week by Cleveland Clinic and the ...

Posted on: August 20, 2014
Complexity of Heart Rhythm Devices Puts Some Patients at Risk, Nursing Study Finds

Patients who rely on pacemakers and defibrillators to maintain a normal heart rhythm run the risk of serious health complications if they don't fully understand how the devices work and what to do when they experience an irregular heartbeat. But a study ...

Posted on: August 18, 2014
Researchers Tie Neck Manipulation to Cervical Dissection & Stroke

Treatments involving neck manipulation may be associated with stroke, though it cannot be said with certainty that neck manipulation causes strokes, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association's journal ...

Posted on: August 11, 2014
Normal, Ill. - Advocate BroMenn First in Region to Earn Target: Stroke Honor Roll Designation

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center (ABMC) is the first central Illinois hospital to earn Target: Stroke Honor Roll designation from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.ABMC received the distinction by participating in the AHA/ASA ...

Posted on: August 08, 2014
American Heart Association Add Basic Life Support Course for EMS

Each year, more than 400,000 children and adults experience a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. Only 10 percent survive. Oftentimes, the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals arriving at the scene are the first to provide quality patient care ...

Posted on: August 06, 2014
New Catheter Improves Outcomes for Abnormal Heart Beat

A new catheter being used by cardiologists at Baptist Heart Specialists in Jacksonville, Fla. is helping patients who have an abnormal heart rhythm.The THERMOCOOL® SmartTOUCH ™ Catheter is used for ablation procedures for patients such as ...

Posted on: August 04, 2014
July 2014
Hospital Arrival Time Impacts Heart Attack Treatment & Survival

Going to the hospital for a heart attack during evenings, weekends and holidays increases your risk of dying 13% compared with people arriving during workday hours, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: ...

Posted on: July 30, 2014
Cardiologist's Technique Helps Reduce Risk of Hypertension Misdiagnosis

Robert Smith, MD, a cardiologist at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has released the results of his retrospective study designed to compare single in-office automated blood pressure readings to the average of multiple automated blood pressure ...

Posted on: July 23, 2014
Study Links Childhood Sexual Abuse to Atherosclerosis in Women Midlife

Women who were sexually abused as children may show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.This is the first study to suggest a link between ...

Posted on: July 22, 2014
Strokes & Death Rates in U.S. Fall Over Past Two Decades, Researchers Say

Fewer Americans are having strokes and those who do have a lower risk of dying from them, finds a new study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers.The study found a 24% overall decline in first-time strokes in each of the past ...

Posted on: July 16, 2014
Study: Patients At-Risk for Heart Disease Lack Guidance on Aspirin

A daily low dose of aspirin can offer important protection against cardiovascular disease, but University of Florida researchers say that the people who could receive the most benefit from the medication may not be taking it.A UF study found that only ...

Posted on: July 14, 2014
HHS Launches Challenge to Improve Hypertension With Health IT

In an effort to help clinical practices use health information technology (health IT) like electronic health records (EHRs) to reduce high blood pressure, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today launched a new challenge asking healthcare ...

Posted on: July 07, 2014
June 2014
AHA Honors Mount Sinai Nurse Leader as 'Heart & Stroke Lifesaver'

The American Heart Association has honored two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers" for going above and beyond the call of duty in support of the AHA's mission to build lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.The ...

Posted on: June 30, 2014
Researchers Link Menopausal Sex Hormones Levels to Heart Disease Risk

As hormone levels change during the transition to menopause, the quality of a woman's cholesterol carriers degrades, leaving her at greater risk for heart disease, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health ...

Posted on: June 27, 2014
Report: Lifetime Cancer Risk from Heart Imaging Low for Most Children

Radiation from standard X-rays is relatively low and doesn't significantly raise lifetime cancer risks for most young children, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.Researchers followed 337 children under age 6 ...

Posted on: June 25, 2014
Study Links Poor Cardiovascular Health to Memory & Learning Deficits

The risk of developing cognitive impairment, especially learning and memory problems is significantly greater for people with poor cardiovascular health than people with intermediate or ideal cardiovascular health, according to a study in ...

Posted on: June 23, 2014
Depression Increases Risk of Heart Disease Death in Women, Study Finds

Women  55 and younger are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, die or require artery-opening procedures if they're moderately or severely depressed, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart ...

Posted on: June 20, 2014
Research Improves Accuracy of Heart Disease Diagnosis in Women

Diagnosing coronary heart disease in women has become more accurate through gender-specific research that clarifies the role of both obstructive and non-obstructive coronary artery disease as contributors to ischemic heart disease in women, according to ...

Posted on: June 18, 2014
Processed Red Meat May Increase Heart Failure Deaths in Men, Study Shows

Men who eat moderate amounts of processed red meat may have an increased risk of incidence and death from heart failure, according to a study in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.Processed meats are preserved by ...

Posted on: June 16, 2014
McHenry, Ill.- Centegra Honored for Cardiac Surgery

Centegra Hospital-McHenry has received the highest three-star rating for cardiac surgery quality from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Approximately 10 percent of hospitals nationwide receive the three-star rating, which denotes the ...

Posted on: June 12, 2014
Heart Disease Without Coronary Plaque Buildup Linked to Heart Attack Risk

Non-obstructive coronary artery disease was associated with a 28% to 44% increased risk of a major adverse cardiac event such as a heart attack or death, in a new study presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research ...

Posted on: June 09, 2014
Survey: Doctors Reluctant to Discuss End-Of-Life Care With Heart Failure Patients

Healthcare providers are reluctant to discuss end-of-life care with heart failure patients and their families because they feel uncomfortable broaching the topic or lack time, according to a new study presented at the Quality of Care and ...

Posted on: June 05, 2014
FDA Approves Wireless Monitoring Device for Patients With Heart Failure

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the CardioMEMS HF System for measuring the pulmonary artery (PA) pressures and heart rates of patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure who have been hospitalized for heart ...

Posted on: June 02, 2014
Charleston, S.C. - Trident Health Honored With Quality Achievement Awards

Trident Health has received four Get With The Guidelines- Quality Achievement Awards. Trident and Summerville Medical Centers received the Heart Failure Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures ...

Posted on: June 01, 2014
May 2014
Crozer-Keystone Stroke Protocol Presented at National Industry Conference

Springfield, Pa. An interdisciplinary team of professionals from Crozer-Keystone Health System has developed and implemented a new emergency stroke protocol that is helping doctors obtain critical test results in a fraction of national benchmark times. ...

Posted on: May 29, 2014
Physical Activity Stymies Heart Disease in At-Risk Women, 7-Year Study Shows

For otherwise healthy middle-aged women who are overweight or obese, physical activity may be their best option for avoiding heart disease, according to a study that followed nearly 900 women for seven years. These findings were reported in a paper led ...

Posted on: May 22, 2014
MRI Analysis Predicts Stroke Patients' Risk of Harm from Clot-Busting Treatment

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have developed a technique that can predict - with 95% accuracy - which stroke victims will benefit from intravenous, clot-busting drugs and which will suffer dangerous and potentially lethal bleeding in the ...

Posted on: May 20, 2014
Expert Consensus Statement Attempts to Close ICD Therapy Guidance Gap

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) released "Expert Consensus Statement on the Use of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy in Patients Who Are Not Included or Not Well ...

Posted on: May 19, 2014
Older Migraine Sufferers May Have More Silent Brain Injury, Study Finds

Older migraine sufferers may be more likely to have silent brain injury, according to research published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke.In a new study, people with a history of migraine headaches had double the odds of ...

Posted on: May 16, 2014
Living Near Foreclosed Property May Increase Risk of High Blood Pressure

Living near foreclosed property may increase your risk of higher blood pressure, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.The study provides the first evidence that foreclosed property may affect ...

Posted on: May 15, 2014
Jacksonville, Fla. - Baptist Beaches Earns Stroke Center Designation

Baptist Medical Center Beaches has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).As a Primary Stroke Center, Baptist Beaches follows national standards and guidelines that can ...

Posted on: May 14, 2014
Muncie, Ind.- First U.S. Patient with MERS Recovering at Community Memorial

The patient diagnosed with the first U.S. case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), continues to improve and is listed in good condition. Community Memorial Hospital has begun working on discharge plans for the patient, who is expected to be ...

Posted on: May 08, 2014
Chicago - Red Cross Honors Rush University Nurse

Rush University Medical Center's Stephanie Krienitz, RN,  was recognized by the American Red Cross of the Greater Chicago Region as its 2014 Nurse Hero.She's made eight trips to foreign countries to perform volunteer work, including three medical ...

Posted on: May 01, 2014
April 2014
Austin, Texas - Kinnser Software Donates $1M for Nursing Scholarships

Kinnser Software, a leading home health software company, is presenting the Austin Community College Foundation a total of $1 million to provide scholarships for hundreds of nursing students.The scholarship presentation was part of a summit and ...

Posted on: April 17, 2014
Savannah, Ga. - MUMC Earns Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes MUMC for ensuring that stroke patients ...

Posted on: April 12, 2014
Heart Failure Nurses, Occupational Health Professionals Affiliate With ANA

The American Nurses Association (ANA) announced two healthcare organizations, one focusing on worker safety and the other on caring for patients with cardiovascular disease, have joined ANA as organizational affiliates.The new affiliates, which bring the ...

Posted on: April 12, 2014
Maywood, Ill-Loyola Nurses Plan Roman Research Seminar

The 26th Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium "Pushing the Boundaries: Exploring Research Frontiers to Transform Nursing Practice, Education and Policy." The event will take place from May 15 - 16 at Centro Studi Americani located at Via Michelangelo ...

Posted on: April 12, 2014
 

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