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Women’s Health: CV Disease and Depression Link
Research has shown a common cause for both depression and heart disease that begins in adolescence – damage to the blood vessel linings. The cumulative damage to the injured endothelial cell gives rise to these two diseases which results in everyone with depression is at risk for heart disease and everyone with heart disease is a risk for depression. Given this result, a question to ask would be: How many people with depression are screened for heart disease? What are the consequences of not treating depression after a heart attack?
Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month- April 2008

[Reference:Women’s Health: Complications, Module B: CV Disease, Page 12] www.athenaforum.com

Cardiovascular Risk: Prevalence and Epidemiology
Prevention holds the key to preventing a heart attack or preventing additional MI’s to occur. Risk factors can be lowered to help prevent CAD. Lifestyle changes, medications, and smoking cessation are specific steps to limit the incidences of having an MI. What preventive measures should be set in place for a patient who has had an MI and may be at risk for another?

[Reference: CV: MI – Case Manager Role, Module C: Myocardial Infarction, page 17]
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Case Manager:
You are the Best. Pass it on!

Move laterally to another field of specialization – a smarter step for those not seeking to move upward quite yet. Changing roles, departments, status or level of responsibilities can lead to future leadership opportunities. Think it through; examine possible opportunities, speak with your supervisor; assess your current skill set; build your knowledge base, and keep your eyes and minds open to the new way of thinking. You will be enlightened!
In the Headlines . . .
“To Snack or Not to Snack”
Ah…what shall I have for a tiny little snack that won’t make a dent in my diet? Are there really food items or drinks that can be considered “free” for a person with diabetes? Reading the fine print located on the Nutrition Facts label can be an eye-opening experience. But if you know what to look for and know how much can be consumed, choices can be wider than what was originally expected. Examples are given – it’s a good thing to do.

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“AHRQ’s 2007 State Snapshots Provide Broader Portraits of State-by-State Health Care Performance”
“This year’s Snapshots do more than illustrate the wide variations in health care quality among States, but it also shows a handful of important challenges that states face as they work to improve the quality of care,” as Director Carolyn M. Clancy pointed out when the annual analysis report was releases. The summarization focused on three dimensions: type of care, setting of care, and clinical area of care. Visual evaluations help to read the performance meter illustrations. In addition, there are rankings for 15 selected measures that further describe each states performance. A fascinating report to check out – how does your state compare with your neighboring state on pressure sores, prenatal care or breast cancer deaths?

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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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