Overview of the New Hypertension Guideline

The blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg had been ingrained in our minds as the hallmark of hypertension. However, an update to the guideline has now reexamined this number in addition to taking a closer look at the prevention, detection, and evaluation of hypertension. Researchers developed the new guideline based on data and studies […]

The Family Impact of High Cholesterol in Children

It might surprise you to learn that one in five children has high total cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high LDL cholesterol. Approximately 7.8% of adolescents aged 12 to 19 have total cholesterol levels ≥200 mg/dL. Unfortunately, high cholesterol is a concern for children as well as adults. September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a […]

Therapeutic Diets for Older Adults With CVD

At age 88, Richard was hospitalized postmyocardial infarction (MI) for stent placement and management of heart failure. Other than hypertension, he’d been healthy, eating a regular diet, and either walking or using a stationary bike daily. Following the MI, his cardiologist restricted his physical activity and ordered a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet with no more than […]

Cardiac Rehab: Changes and Opportunities Ahead

Changes are coming on many fronts in cardiac rehab programs across the country. Those changes hold potential for improving nutrition care for patients and expanding job opportunities for RDs. I recently returned from the annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), the fifth year in a row I’ve spoken to […]