Nurse leadership is needed for cardiovascular disease prevention

11/1/2012 | Cardiovascular Business magazine

Studies have found that nurse leadership and team-based prevention and care are benefiting cardiovascular patients, but changes in culture and reimbursement may be needed. "We currently have a crisis in secondary prevention, including obesity, lack of physical activity, smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and the aging of the population obviously complicates things as well," PCNA President-elect Kathy Berra said. "Now, we're going to need teams led by medical professionals, whether they are primary care physicians, internists, nurse practitioners and nurses, who are then supported and work closely with nurses and other healthcare professionals, such as exercise physiologists, psychologists, nutritionists and physical and occupational therapists."

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