A Case Study of the Environmental Experience of a Hospitalized Newborn Infant With Complex Congenital Heart Disease.
CONCLUSIONS: This study provides the first report of potential environmental stressors in newborn infants cared for in cardiac specialty units. Excessive levels of light and noise as well as frequent interruptions for medical and nursing care may contribute to disorganized sleep and increased patient distress and may impact subsequent neurodevelopment. Studies are needed to identify potentially adverse aspects of the intensive caregiving environment for newborn infants who have undergone cardiac surgery. PMID: 26035279 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - May 28, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Daniels JM, Harrison TM Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Factors Associated With Clopidogrel Adherence in Community-Dwelling Patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Data from this cross-sectional study suggest that concerns about clopidogrel and feelings about its necessity play an important role in clopidogrel adherence. PMID: 26002785 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - May 21, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Momary KM, Kimble LP Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Randomized Comparison of 3 Hemostasis Techniques After Transradial Coronary Intervention.
Abstract BACKGROUND: The transradial route for coronary intervention has proven to be a safe and feasible method, and several techniques have been shown to be effective in achieving hemostasis. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of 3 hemostasis techniques on radial artery outcomes after transradial catheterization. METHODS: A total of 1650 patients were randomly assigned to 1 of the 3 hemostasis techniques after the procedure. The outcome measures were local vascular complications, tolerance to the device, and the time taken to achieve hemostasis. RESULTS: Time taken to ac...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - May 21, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Cong X, Huang Z, Wu J, Wang J, Wen F, Fang L, Fan M, Liang C Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

The Impact of Relationship Quality on Health-Related Outcomes in Heart Failure Patients and Informal Family Caregivers: An Integrative Review.
CONCLUSIONS: Relationship quality and communication seem to matter in the health and well-being of both HF patients and their informal family caregivers. More research is needed to elucidate mechanisms and to design effective relationship-focused interventions. PMID: 25955196 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - May 7, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Hooker SA, Grigsby ME, Riegel B, Bekelman DB Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

PCNA News.
Authors: PMID: 25874667 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - April 18, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Effectiveness of popular weight loss diets on cardiovascular risk reduction.
PMID: 25874668 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - April 18, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Worel JN, Hayman LL Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

A report from the american heart association council on cardiovascular and stroke nursing.
PMID: 25874669 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - April 18, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Biddle M, Kitko L Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

"Mediterranean" dietary pattern for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease: summaries of nursing care-related systematic reviews from the cochrane library.
"Mediterranean" dietary pattern for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease: summaries of nursing care-related systematic reviews from the cochrane library. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2015 May-Jun;30(3):188-9 Authors: Phillips P PMID: 25874670 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - April 18, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Phillips P Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

20 Things You Didn't Know About Nutrition and Cardiovascular Disease.
PMID: 25874671 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - April 18, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Lennie TA Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Inventory: A New Method of Tailoring Patient Support.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Uptake and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) are low, and a contributing factor to this may be the practical difficulties of providing a tailored CR environment suited to individual preferences and needs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop and test a short questionnaire that CR practitioners can use to understand individual patient need and tailor support accordingly. METHODS: A conceptual framework of engagement in CR was derived from a comprehensive literature review and the content analysis of semistructured interviews with 15 CR patients. The conceptual framew...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Micklewright D, Northeast L, Parker P, Jermy M, Hardcastle J, Davison R, Sandercock G, Shearman J Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

The Prevalence and Associated Distress of Physical and Psychological Symptoms in Patients With Advanced Heart Failure Attending a South African Medical Center.
CONCLUSIONS: Patients with advanced heart failure attending a medical center in South Africa experience high prevalence of symptoms and report high levels of burden associated with these symptoms. Improved compliance with national and global treatment recommendations could contribute to reduced symptom burden. Healthcare professionals should consider incorporating palliative care into the care for these patients. PMID: 25829136 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Lokker ME, Gwyther L, Riley JP, van Zuylen L, van der Heide A, Harding R Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Subclinical Carotid Atherosclerosis in Asymptomatic Subjects With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
CONCLUSION: The current nurse-led study shows that subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus have a high prevalence of subclinical atherosclerosis that is associated with cardiovascular risk factors. PMID: 25829137 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Rubinat E, Marsal JR, Vidal T, Cebrian C, Falguera M, Vilanova MB, Betriu À, Fernández E, Franch J, Mauricio D Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Injury in Type 2 Diabetes and Potential Effects of Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 Inhibition.
CONCLUSIONS: Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors are relatively new antihyperglycemic agents. Their main mechanism of action is to inhibit the degradation of the incretin hormones glucagon-like peptide-1 and glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide by DPP-4. By increasing levels of glucagon-like peptide-1, glucose-dependent insulin secretion is enhanced, glucagon secretion is suppressed, and the rate of gastric emptying is decreased. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 also degrades other substances that are important in the regulation of CV function and inflammation. Animal studies, small observational studies in humans, and analyses of...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Dokken B Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Validation of the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool and Vital Signs in Relation to the Sensory and Affective Components of Pain During Mediastinal Tube Removal in Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit Adults.
In this study, we aim to validate the use of the CPOT and vital signs in association with the sensory and affective components of pain during mediastinal tube removal (MTR) in postoperative cardiac surgery ICU adults. METHODS: A sample of 125 patients participated in this prospective repeated-measures, within-subject study. A total of 6 assessments of the main study variables (CPOT scores and patients' self-reports of pain intensity and unpleasantness) were completed by trained research assistants while patients were in the ICU. Assessments were done before, during, and 15 minutes after the nonnociceptive procedure (i...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Boitor M, Fiola JL, Gélinas C Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Nurse-Led Multidisciplinary Heart Failure Group Clinic Appointments: Methods, Materials, and Outcomes Used in the Clinical Trial.
CONCLUSION: The intervention was associated with improvements in HF self-care knowledge and home care behavior skills and managing their for HF care. In turn, better self-care was associated with reductions in HF-related hospitalizations. PMID: 25774836 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Smith CE, Piamjariyakul U, Dalton KM, Russell C, Wick J, Ellerbeck EF Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Examining the Feasibility of a Simple Intervention to Improve Blood Pressure Control for Primary Care Patients.
CONCLUSION: In this pilot study, we established the feasibility of a brief, simple intervention to improve blood pressure control implemented by existing primary care practice clinical support staff, and preliminary data show that it can be effective in improving blood pressure control. PMID: 25774837 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Nguyen GT, Klusaritz HA, O'Donnell A, Kaye EM, de Vries McClintock HF, Hussain Z, Bogner HR Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Effect of Feedback Signal on Blood Pressure Self-regulation Capability in Individuals With Prehypertension or Stage I Hypertension: A Randomized Controlled Study.
CONCLUSIONS: The equivalent magnitude of BP reduction between the 2 study groups suggests that repeated practice in BP self-regulation was more likely responsible for the efficacy of direct BP biofeedback training than was the type of feedback signals. PMID: 25774838 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Wang MY, Chang NC, Hsieh MH, Su CT, Liu JC, Shyu YK, Tsai PS Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Influence of Gender and Age on the Peripheral Immune Response in Stroke.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Women and men have unique stroke risk factors and can experience different poststroke infections. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to determine the influence of gender, age, and risk factors on the peripheral immune response in stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA). METHOD: A total of 192 adult acute stroke/TIA cases were analyzed for age, gender, risk factors for stroke/TIA, and white blood cell with differential count. χ Test and analysis of variance were conducted to test for differences between genders and age groups related to stroke risk factors and the immune response....
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Ross AM, Lee CS, Lutsep H Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Multimedia Exercise Training Program Improves Distance Walked, Heart Rate Recovery, and Self-efficacy in Cardiac Surgery Patients.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Patient education has been shown to be more effective when delivered using multimedia than written materials. However, the effects of using multimedia to assist patients in cardiac rehabilitation have not been investigated. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of an inpatient multimedia exercise training program on distance walked in the 6-minute walking test (6MWT), heart rate recovery, and walking self-efficacy of patients who had undergone heart surgery. METHODS: For this longitudinal quasi-experimental study, 60 consecutive patients were assigned to an ex...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Wang LW, Ou SH, Tsai CS, Chang YC, Kao CW Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Health-Related Quality of Life, Functional Status, and Cardiac Event-Free Survival in Patients With Heart Failure.
Abstract BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL), functional status, and cardiac event-free survival are outcomes used to assess the effectiveness of interventions in patients with heart failure (HF). However, the nature of the relationships among HRQOL, functional status, and cardiac event-free survival remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to examine the nature of the relationships among HRQOL, functional status, and cardiac event-free survival in patients with HF. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational study of 313 patients with HF that was a secondary analysis fr...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Wu JR, Lennie TA, Frazier SK, Moser DK Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Facilitators and Barriers of Heart Surgery Discharge: Patients' and Nurses' Narrative Accounts.
CONCLUSIONS: Study recommendations include group and scenario-based education in which patients and nurses brainstorm about how to apply the discharge information to the particularities of patients' lives and homes. Provision of support needs to be bolstered during the home period, where patients have timely opportunities to discuss their concerns and questions with practitioners or possibly peers. PMID: 25774842 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Lapum JL, Fredericks S, Liu L, Yau TM, Retta B, Jones VM, Hume S Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Low-Dose Alteplase Infusion for the Treatment of Mechanical Aortic Valve Thrombosis: A Spotlight on the Importance of Medication Adherence.
Abstract A rare, yet serious, complication of mechanical heart valves is symptomatic obstructive prosthetic valve thrombosis. The risk of valve thrombosis is magnified in patients who are nonadherent to prescribed anticoagulation. In this case report, we describe a 48-year-old male patient with a history of mechanical aortic valve replacement surgery, who stopped taking prescribed warfarin therapy 2 years before presentation and subsequently developed acute decompensated heart failure secondary to valvular dysfunction. Low-dose alteplase therapy was administered successfully with no bleeding complications and a co...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Isherwood M, Serra M, Safirstein J, Shah N, Rosenthal M Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

The Situation-Specific Theory of Heart Failure Self-Care: Revised and Updated.
CONCLUSION: Prior research illustrates that all 3 self-care processes (ie, maintenance, symptom perception, and management) are integral to self-care. Further research is greatly needed to identify how best to help patients become experts in HF self-care. PMID: 25774844 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Riegel B, Dickson VV, Faulkner KM Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Illness Representations, Treatment Beliefs, Medication Adherence, and 30-Day Hospital Readmission in Adults With Chronic Heart Failure: A Prospective Correlational Study.
DISCUSSION: Nurses can use these study findings to help identify individuals who may be at risk of being nonadherent to their medications and hospital readmission. Recommendations for future research include replication with multiple sites, the addition of objective measures of medication adherence, investigation of both the cognitive and emotional pathways, and qualitative exploration of personal control in the context of medication adherence in HF. PMID: 25774845 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Turrise S Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Adherence to Antihypertensive Medication in Older Adults With Hypertension.
Abstract BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Effective prevention of cardiovascular events in people with hypertension requires optimal control of blood pressure. Despite advances in management, poor adherence to antihypertensive medications is often reported as the major reason attenuating treatment efficacy. Research has provided limited evidence of associations between illness perceptions, satisfaction with consultations, and medication adherence. The aim of this study is to identify factors significantly associated with medication adherence in a group of Chinese older adults with essential hypertension. DESIGN/SETTING...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Lo SH, Chau JP, Woo J, Thompson DR, Choi KC Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Commentary on "Effect of Feedback Signal on Blood Pressure Self-Regulation Capability in Individuals With Prehypertension or Stage 1 Hypertension: A Randomized Controlled Study".
Commentary on "Effect of Feedback Signal on Blood Pressure Self-Regulation Capability in Individuals With Prehypertension or Stage 1 Hypertension: A Randomized Controlled Study". J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2015 Mar 13; Authors: Yucha CB PMID: 25774847 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Yucha CB Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

PCNA News.
Authors: PMID: 25664530 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 11, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Working together to bridge the disparity gap in cardiovascular health.
PMID: 25664531 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 11, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Jones EJ, Fraley HE, Hayman LL Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Report from the council on cardiovascular and stroke nursing.
PMID: 25664532 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 11, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: McCabe PJ, Saban KL, Cohn J, Crane P, Biddle M, Beckie TM Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

The Impact of Nurse-Led Clinics on the Mortality and Morbidity of Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Abstract BACKGROUND:: Nurse-led clinics (NLCs) have been developed in several health specialties in recent years. The aim of this analysis is to summarize and appraise the available evidence about the effectiveness of NLCs on the morbidity and mortality outcomes in patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). METHODS:: We searched Cochrane databases, MEDLINE, Web of Science, PubMed, EMBASE, Google Scholar, BIOSIS, and bibliography of secondary sources from inception through February 20, 2013. Studies were selected and data were extracted independently by 2 investigators. Eligible studies were randomized tria...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Al-Mallah MH, Farah I, Al-Madani W, Bdeir B, Al Habib S, Bigelow ML, Murad MH, Ferwana M Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Effects of Self-esteem, Optimism, and Perceived Control on Depressive Symptoms in Stroke Survivor-Spouse Dyads.
Abstract BACKGROUND:: Depressive symptoms are common in stroke survivors and their family caregivers. Given the interdependent relationship between the members of dyads in poststroke management, improving depressive symptoms in dyads may depend on their partner's characteristics. Self-esteem, optimism, and perceived control, all known to be associated with depressive symptoms in an individual, may also contribute to their partner's depressive symptoms. PURPOSE:: The purpose of this study is to examine actor and partner effects of self-esteem, optimism, and perceived control on depression in stroke survivors a...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Chung ML, Bakas T, Plue LD, Williams LS Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

A Critical Evaluation of the Representation of Black Patients With Heart Failure Preserved Ejection Fraction in Clinical Trials: A Literature Review.
DISCUSSION:: Although the mortality rate for black patients with HFpEF is 30% to 45% higher than the rate for white patients, 2 of the 9 studies did not have a representative sample of the general HFpEF population and none of the studies reported the objective of establishing a representative study population. PMID: 25658183 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Lekavich CL, Barksdale DJ Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Assessing Publics' Knowledge About Hypertension in a Community-Dwelling Sample.
CONCLUSIONS:: Although the total level of knowledge about hypertension is good among the participants, more efforts are needed to improve all dimensions of hypertension-related knowledge. Sociodemographic and clinical variables have significant relationships with levels of knowledge about hypertension. This necessitates the importance of considering these variables when designing and providing health educational programs. PMID: 25658184 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Eshah NF, Al-Daken LI Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Competence, Compassion, and Care of the Self: Family Caregiving Needs and Concerns in Heart Failure.
CONCLUSIONS:: Family caregivers of patients with HF had many needs and concerns about their competence in performing tasks, their compassion, and caring for themselves. Data can be used to design testable interventions to improve the HF caregiving experience for patients and caregivers. PMID: 25658185 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Sullivan BJ, Marcuccilli L, Sloan R, Gradus-Pizlo I, Bakas T, Jung M, Pressler SJ Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

A Dyadic Approach to Managing Heart Failure With Confidence.
CONCLUSIONS:: Findings are supportive of the need for a dyadic perspective of HF self-care in practice and research as well as the importance of addressing the needs of both members of the dyad to maximize optimal outcomes for both. PMID: 25658186 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Lyons KS, Vellone E, Lee CS, Cocchieri A, Bidwell JT, D'Agostino F, Hiatt SO, Alvaro R, Vela RJ, Riegel B Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Relationship Between Physiological Parameters and Acute Coronary Syndrome in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Undifferentiated Chest Pain.
CONCLUSIONS:: Patients with abnormal temperature or SBP were slightly more likely to have ACS, but such risk was of too small a magnitude to be useful in clinical decision making. Other physiological parameters (heart rate and respiratory rate) had no prognostic value. The use of physiological parameters cannot reliably confirm or rule out ACS. PMID: 25658187 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Greenslade JH, Beamish D, Parsonage W, Hawkins T, Schluter J, Dalton E, Parker K, Than M, Hammett C, Lamanna A, Cullen L Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Care in the Home for the Management of Chronic Heart Failure: Systematic Review and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.
CONCLUSIONS:: In conclusion, the beneficial effect of CHM in CHF is by reducing mortality and hospitalizations combined. Care in the home in CHF seems to be more effective and less costly compared with UC. PMID: 25658188 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Fergenbaum J, Bermingham S, Krahn M, Alter D, Demers C Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Experiences of and Coping With Severe Aortic Stenosis Among Patients Waiting for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.
CONCLUSIONS:: Patients with AS and awaiting TAVI must cope with increasing symptoms and limitations in their social lives but still wish to be seen as the people they always have been. These patients may need extra support from healthcare personnel to process their experiences, which could help them to attach personal meaning to clinical information about the condition and its treatment that they could include in their decision about whether to undergo TAVI. Listening to patients' stories could help nurses and physicians to ensure that disease and treatment are meaningfully understood by the patient. PMID: 25658189 [P...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Olsson K, Näslund U, Nilsson J, Hörnsten Å Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

The Value of Patient Perception of Heart Failure Symptoms: Commentary on Physical and Psychological Symptom Biomechanics in Moderate to Advanced Heart Failure.
PMID: 25658190 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Jurgens CY Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Health Literacy and Heart Failure: A Systematic Review.
CONCLUSIONS:: An average of 39% of HF patients have low health literacy. Age, race/ethnicity, years of education, and cognitive function are predictors of health literacy. In addition, adequate health literacy is consistently correlated with higher HF knowledge and higher salt knowledge. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:: Considering the prevalence of low health literacy among in the HF population, nurses and healthcare professionals need to recognize the consequences of low health literacy and adopt strategies that could minimize its detrimental effect on the patient's health outcomes. PMID: 25569150 [PubMed - as supplied ...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - January 7, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Cajita MI, Cajita TR, Han H Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

PCNA News.
Authors: PMID: 25474022 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 8, 2014 Category: Nursing Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women: Reducing the Major Threat to Women's Health.
PMID: 25474023 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 8, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Worel JN, Hayman LL Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

20 Things You Didn't Know About Blood Transfusion.
PMID: 25474024 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 8, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Jones AR, Frazier SK Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Antihypertensive Drug Therapy for Mild-to-Moderate Hypertension During Pregnancy: Summaries of Nursing Care-Related Systematic Reviews From the Cochrane Library.
PMID: 25474025 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 8, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Weihua L, Qing G, Xiaoyan Y, Zhu J Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Sexual Counseling in Patients With Heart Failure: A Silent Phenomenon: Results From a Convergent Parallel Mixed Method Study.
CONCLUSION:: Cardiac nurses in Germany rarely practice sexual counseling. It is a phenomenon that is silent. Education and skill-based training might hold potential to "break the silence." PMID: 25478826 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 3, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Kolbe N, Kugler C, Schnepp W, Jaarsma T Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Evaluation of Feasibility of 2 Novel Heart Failure Monitoring Instruments to Facilitate Patient Recognition of Symptoms.
CONCLUSIONS:: New strategies and instruments are needed to promote a patient-clinician partnership and actively engage patients in symptom monitoring and recognition. Easy-to-use and practical instruments for patients to monitor symptoms may lead to appropriate and accurate reporting as well as improved symptom management. Although the instruments used in this study resulted in symptom monitoring, appropriate action was not undertaken as a result of such monitoring. PMID: 25419937 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Wakefield B, Groves P, Drwal K, Scherubel M, Kaboli P Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Gender and Age Differences Associated With Prehospital Delay in Chinese Patients Presenting With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction.
Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:: A limited number of studies have examined the interaction between gender and age with regard to extent of prehospital delay. Our aim was to examine gender and age differences associated with prehospital delay in Chinese patients presenting with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS:: A total of consecutive 1429 records from patients presenting with STEMI were analyzed between June 1, 2009, and June 1, 2010. We compared hospital care data by gender and age for inpatients with acute STEMI presenting within 24 hours of symptom onset. RESULTS:: The overall m...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Zhang B, Zhang W, Huang R, Zhu H, Liu J, Jiang D, Ren L, Zhou X, Qi G Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Patient Readiness to Exercise After Cardiac Surgery: Development of the Readiness to Change Exercise Questionnaire.
CONCLUSIONS:: The scale was found to be a valid and reliable instrument for the determination of patient readiness to exercise after cardiac surgery. However, further testing of the scale is needed to confirm its concurrent and predictive validity. PMID: 25419939 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Kheawwan P, Chaiyawat W, Aungsuroch Y, Wu YW Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Impact of Prodromal Symptoms on Future Adverse Cardiac-Related Events: A Systematic Review.
CONCLUSION:: Future research is warranted that would examine prospectively the predictive value of prodromal headache, sleep disturbance, and anxiety within this cardiovascular population on major adverse cardiac events. Preemptive screening for cardiac-related prodromal symptoms in men and women should be considered as a standard in clinical practice. This may potentiate early diagnosis, effective risk modification, timely pain management, and treatment intervention and decrease CHD-related morbidity and mortality. PMID: 25419940 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: O'Keefe-McCarthy S, Ready L Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Measurement of Dyspnea in Ambulatory African Americans With Heart Failure and a Preserved or Reduced Ejection Fraction.
CONCLUSIONS:: The prevalence of dyspnea at baseline and after the 6MWT was high for both groups, but intensity varied with the dyspnea instrument used. PMID: 25419941 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Vuckovic KM, DeVon HA, Piano MR Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research