Bold Voices - August 2012 - (Page 7)

AT THE BEDSIDE Grana Padano May Lower Blood Pressure Cheese: Final Results” in the May supplement of The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, notes the “randomized, openlabel, controlled study” included “comparison between baseline and end of treatment and between treated and control patients.” The cheese, a regional version of parmesan with a grainy texture, has a high concentration of two particular tripeptides and an antihypertensive effect similar to an ACE inhibitor, Giuseppe Crippa of Guglielmo da Saliceto Hospital, Piacenza, Italy, says in a Heartwire article. Researchers gave 29 patients with slightly high blood pressure 30 grams of Grana Padano daily for two months. At the conclusion, those patients had a mean reduction of 8 mm Hg for A regional version of parmesan cheese has an effect similar to an ACE inhibitor. systolic BP and 7 mm HG for diastolic compared with 16 control patients, according to fi ndings presented at the 2012 European Meeting on Hypertension & Cardiovascular Protection. The cheese, however, likely wouldn’t have much additional BP-lowering effect for people already taking ACE inhibitors or ARBs, Crippa notes in the article. A centuries-old Italian cheese may help lower blood pressure (BP) in patients who have mild hypertension and are not taking ACE inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs), an Italian study finds. “Effect on Blood Pressure of Dietary Integration With Grana Padano Eating Large Amounts of Cure Meats Can Increase Risk of COPD Readmission In the study, 274 patients with Eating too much cured meat can COPD provided information on increase the risk of hospital readhow much cured meat — including mission for patients with chronic cooked ham, Spanish-cured ham, obstructive pulmonary disease sausages and hot dogs — they ate in (COPD), supporting the need for the previous two years, with median healthy diet advice, a study fi nds. intake reported at 23 grams per day. “Cured Meats Consumption The link with hospital readmisIncreases Risk of Readmission in sion was weaker in patients taking COPD Patients,” published online inhaled corticosteroids and in those March 9 by European Respiratory Journal, fi nds patients with COPD Large amounts of cured with mild to moderate COPD. The study also found a higher who ate large amounts of cured meats also may increase percentage of smokers who meat — more than the equivalent of one slice of ham per day — were risk of COPD exacerbation. reported higher cured meat intake in the minority of patients twice as likely to return to the studied. “Most of the patients (93%) were male, and the hospital. average age was 68. A large minority (42%) of the total “This study adds new evidence suggesting that in patient population were current smokers, but significantly addition to a possible increase in risk of COPD associated more in the high cured-meat-consumption group than the with cured meats, these foods may also increase risk of low smoked,” the article adds. exacerbations, thus supporting the need of considering The study acknowledges limiting factors, including specific dietary advice to COPD patients,” researchers at possible errors in self-reporting and lack of dietary inforthe Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, mation after baseline. Barcelona, state in a MedPage Today article. AACN BOLD VOICES AUGUST 2012 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2012

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
‘AACN CSI Academy’ National Leadership Program Launches
Canadian Dynamics 2012: ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’
Grana Padano May Lower Blood Pressure
New Medicare Patient Satisfaction Requirement Misses Mark, Nurse Argues
FDA, The Joint Commission Aim to Reduce Alarm Fatigue
Fast Food in Hospitals Counters Goal of Healthy Eating
New Federal Hospital Visitation Standards
Nurse Obesity Linked to Long Hours
First-Ever Nurses Float Joins the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade
AMA Urges Greater Focus on Ambulatory Patient Safety
Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Procedure Increases Patient Survival
Older Patients' in ICU at High Risk for HAI
Tele-ICU Symposium Explores Leading-Edge Technology
In Our Journals
Certification Capsules
Dare To
Contribute to the Evidence: Apply for an AACN Research Grant by Nov. 1
From the President

Bold Voices - August 2012