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

The Facilitators of and Barriers to Adherence to Hypertension Treatment Scale.
DISCUSSION:: The FATS is a culturally sensitive measure for assessing adherence to treatment regimens of HBP in AA women. Further study in other samples of AA women is needed to confirm that the FATS adequately assesses facilitators of adherence to regimens for HBP in AA women. PMID: 25419942 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Fongwa MN, Nandy K, Yang Q, Hays RD Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Evidence-Based Heart Failure Medications and Cognition.
CONCLUSION:: Prescription of evidence-based HF medications is not related to low scores on a measure of global cognitive function in rural patients with HF. PMID: 25419943 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Bratzke LC, Moser DK, Pelter MM, Paul SM, Nesbitt TS, Cooper LS, Dracup KA Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Self-care and Its Predictors in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure in Western Iran.
CONCLUSION:: Self-care in patients with CHF in Iran needs major improvement, and many determinants of self-care identified by other studies were not consistently associated with poor self-care scores in Iran. Further research considering a wide range of factors associated with self-care (eg, socioeconomic and health system-related factors) and application of culturally relevant interventional strategies is recommended. PMID: 25419944 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Siabani S, Driscoll T, Davidson PM, Najafi F, Jenkins MC, Leeder SR Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Informal Caregivers' Experiences and Needs When Caring for a Relative With Heart Failure: An Interview Study.
CONCLUSIONS:: Informal caregivers' daily life involves decisive changes that are experienced as burdensome. They handled their new situations using different strategies to preserve a sense of "self" and of "us." Informal caregivers express a need for more involvement with healthcare professionals, which may facilitate informal caregivers' situation and improve the dyadic congruence in the relation with their relative. PMID: 25419945 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Gusdal AK, Josefsson K, Adolfsson ET, Martin L Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Reduced Gray Matter Volume Is Associated With Poorer Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Performance in Heart Failure.
CONCLUSIONS:: Smaller gray matter volume is associated with greater impairment in instrumental activities of daily living in persons with heart failure, possibly via cognitive dysfunction. Prospective studies are needed to clarify the utility of clinical correlates of gray matter volume (eg, cognitive dysfunction) in identifying heart failure patients at risk for functional decline and determine whether interventions that target improved brain and cognitive function can preserve functional independence in this high-risk population. PMID: 25419946 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Alosco ML, Brickman AM, Spitznagel MB, Narkhede A, Griffith EY, Cohen R, Sweet LH, Josephson R, Hughes J, Gunstad J Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Effects of Massage on Blood Pressure in Patients With Hypertension and Prehypertension: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.
CONCLUSION:: This systematic review found a medium effect of massage on SBP and a small effect on DBP in patients with hypertension or prehypertension. High-quality randomized controlled trials are urgently required to confirm these results, although the findings of this study can be used to guide future research. PMID: 25419947 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Liao IC, Chen SL, Wang MY, Tsai PS Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Women With Heart Failure Are Disproportionately Studied as Compared With Prevalence: A Review of Published Studies from 2013.
CONCLUSIONS:: Current data from studies published in 2013 support that women continue to be underrepresented in HF studies. Further research may provide insights to better understand the experiences, needs, and outcomes of women with HF. PMID: 25419948 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Pressler SJ Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Commentary: "Impact of Prodromal Symptoms in Future Adverse Cardiac-Related Events: A Systematic Review"
Commentary: "Impact of Prodromal Symptoms in Future Adverse Cardiac-Related Events: A Systematic Review" J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2014 Nov 21; Authors: McSweeney JC, Kitch S PMID: 25419949 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 21, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: McSweeney JC, Kitch S Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Studies: Just a brief daily walk or run offers health benefits.
Authors: PMID: 25422836 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 1, 2014 Category: Nursing Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Do not let the holidays ruin your healthy habits.
Authors: PMID: 25422837 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - November 1, 2014 Category: Nursing Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

PCNA News.
Authors: PMID: 25290615 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 11, 2014 Category: Nursing Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

From the editors.
PMID: 25290616 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 11, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Riegel B, Moser DK Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Healthy lifestyle behaviors: the importance of individual and population approaches.
PMID: 25290617 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 11, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Hayman LL, Worel JN Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

20 Things you Didn't Know About the Human gut Microbiome.
PMID: 25290618 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 11, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Ferranti EP, Dunbar SB, Dunlop AL, Corwin EJ Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Participation in Heart-Healthy Behaviors: A Secondary Analysis of the American Heart Association Go Red Heart Match Data.
CONCLUSIONS:: Most women who participated in Heart Match reported engaging in new heart-healthy behaviors. The findings support expanding the existing program in a more diverse population as a potentially important way to reach women and encourage cardiovascular disease risk reduction for those with heart disease and stroke. PMID: 25203238 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - September 8, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Arslanian-Engoren C, Eastwood JA, De Jong MJ, Berra K Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Greek Acute Coronary Syndrome Score for the Prediction of In-hospital and 30-Day Mortality of Patients With an Acute Coronary Syndrome.
Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:: Risk evaluation of patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) may contribute to their short-term prognosis improvement. The aim of this work was to develop a prediction index (score) for the risk assessment of 30-day death of ACS patients, using clinical and biological measurements at hospital admission. METHODS:: A sample of 6 Greek hospitals was selected, and almost all consecutive 2172 ACS patients from October 2003 to September 2004 were enrolled. Sociodemographic, biochemical, clinical, and lifestyle characteristics were recorded. Using as components age...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - September 8, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Panagiotakos DB, Pitsavos C, Georgousopoulou EN, Notara V, Stefanadis C, for the GREECS Study Investigators Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Patient Understanding of Potential Risk and Benefit With Informed Consent in a Left Ventricular Assist Device Population: A Pilot Study.
CONCLUSIONS:: Some of the items had a high level of accuracy, whereas other items suffered from poor performance (including complications from implantation and long-term survival rates). In addition, verbal aptitude was associated with overall scores on the questionnaire, such that patients with a higher verbal aptitude scored better on the questionnaire. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:: The results of this pilot study suggest that patients would benefit from an improved consent process to increase their knowledge of the device. PMID: 25203240 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - September 8, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Edlund JE, Edlund AE, Carey MG Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

PCNA News-PCNA SPECIAL.
Authors: PMID: 25118033 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 19, 2014 Category: Nursing Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

A missed opportunity? Recognizing pregnancy-associated cardiovascular risk factors.
PMID: 25118034 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 19, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Worel JN, Hayman LL Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

20 Things You Didn't Know About Women and Heart Disease.
PMID: 25118035 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 19, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: DeVon HA, Noureddine S Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Assessing Health Literacy in Urban Patients With Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators and Pacemakers.
Abstract Functional health literacy (FHL) has become an increasingly prevalent topic of discussion in patient health and well-being. Although FHL has been studied in a variety of populations, it has not been investigated in patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).The purpose of this study was to evaluate FHL in a primarily older, urban-dwelling ICD/pacemaker population. A secondary objective was to compare 2 commonly used instruments for assessing FHL.A convenience sample of 116 patients was recruited from an urban ICD/pacemaker clinic. Participants were asked to complete the Sh...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 2, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Hickey KT, Sciacca RR, Gonzalez P, Castillo C, Frulla A Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Awareness of Cardiovascular Disease and Preventive Behaviors Among Overweight Immigrant Latinas.
Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:: Low-income Latina women face increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) due to high rates of obesity, diabetes, and other comorbidities. Language barriers, lack of health insurance, and lack of access to preventive health messages may further increase their risk. The purpose of this study was to evaluate knowledge about CVD of overweight, immigrant Latinas who spoke little or no English and participated in an educational intervention. METHODS:: Ninety participants completed a CVD knowledge questionnaire before and after 8 educational sessions based upon Su Coraz&oacut...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - July 30, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Koniak-Griffin D, Brecht ML Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research

Contributions of Comorbid Diabetes to Sleep Characteristics, Daytime Symptoms, and Physical Function Among Patients With Stable Heart Failure.
Abstract BACKGROUND:: Diabetes mellitus (DM) and heart failure (HF) are often comorbid. Sleep disturbances, poor physical functioning, and high levels of daytime symptoms are prevalent and contribute to poor quality of life in both populations. However, little is known about the independent and additive effects of comorbid DM on sleep, physical function, and daytime symptoms among patients with HF. OBJECTIVE:: The aim of this study was to investigate the extent to which comorbid DM confers independent and additive effects on sleep disturbance, physical functioning, and symptoms among patients with stable HF. ...
Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - July 30, 2014 Category: Nursing Authors: Fritschi C, Redeker NS Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research