August 24, 2015 – Cardiac Outcomes


Anchor lead: Social factors play a big role in coping with heart disease, Elizabeth Tracey reports

Would you be surprised to learn that things like where you live and how that impacts on food choices, and whether you exercise may be just as important as blood pressure when it comes to reducing heart disease mortality?  That’s one conclusion of a recent paper in Circulation, a journal published by the American Heart Association.  Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, comments.

Davidson: In the discussion and debate about personalized medicine, when you talk to many physicians it’s all about genomics, but you’ve probably heard the line your zip code is just as important as your genetic code.  This is a big signal to nurses to step up to the plate, to implement many of the interventions we have to increase social support to lose weight, stop smoking, adhere more with their medication.  For that position paper to come out from the American Heart Association is a strong signal for the importance of holistic care.   :34

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey