Breaking research from Vascular 2013: study highlights for Oct. 17 2013

MONTREAL, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Here are summaries of today's press releases featuring research presented today at Vascular 2013 in Montreal.

Unlocking a brighter future for Locked-In Syndrome
Researchers use technology to help immobilized stroke survivors regain some independence

A team of researchers from Montreal has found that stroke patients living with Locked-In Syndrome (LIS) who cannot move, swallow or even breathe on their own, can regain a remarkable level of independence with technological help.

The team's findings stem from a 20-year study that followed the rehabilitation of 25 LIS patients, people who are aware and awake but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles.

Presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress.

For the full press release, go to http://vascular2013.ca/en/news.asp

A mother's high cholesterol before pregnancy can be passed on to her children
Researchers find five-fold increase in high cholesterol risk

What leads to high cholesterol? Your genes and lifestyle factors may not explain it all. A study presented today at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress has connected some of the risk for high cholesterol in adults to their mother's cholesterol levels before she even became pregnant.

The key finding: if a mother had high LDL ("bad") cholesterol prior to a pregnancy, her children are almost five times as likely to also have high LDL cholesterol as adults.

Presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

For the full press release, go to http://vascular2013.ca/en/news.asp

Making the business case for cardiac rehab programs
Life-saving programs significantly reduce hospital readmissions and deaths - and more than pay for themselves

You know the saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to cardiac rehabilitation, a study presented today at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress has the numbers to prove it.

New study reveals that, for patients, the "return on investment" for participating in these programs also makes good heart sense: cardiac rehab (CR) leads to a 31 per cent reduction in hospital readmission and a 26 per cent drop in cardiovascular mortality.

Presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

For the full press release, go to http://vascular2013.ca/en/news.asp

Diabetes and Eating Disorders: Are We Feeding the Problem?
The first literature recognizing the coexistence of diabetes and eating disorders was published just over 30 years ago, however each has been individually documented for centuries. Montreal doctors Preetha Krishnamoorthy and Suzanne MacDonald will identify risk factors for eating disorders for those living with diabetes, possible red flags that point towards an eating disorder and treatment goals for those impacted.

Presented at the 16th Annual Canadian Diabetes Association/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference and Annual Meetings

For the full press release, go to http://vascular2013.ca/en/news.asp

Serving Fresh Today: The Next Level of Meal Planning

What impact does dietary intervention have on diabetes management? Dietitians and certified diabetes educators Sarah Blunden and Michelle Corcoran will address how to counsel people living with diabetes on appropriate diets to meet individual nutrition needs. The interactive discussion will highlight the new additions and changes to the nutrition therapy recommendations in the Canadian Diabetes Association's 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada, and strategies to implement this new information in a practical way to help patients.

Presented at the 16th Annual Canadian Diabetes Association/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference and Annual Meetings

For the full press release, go to http://vascular2013.ca/en/news.asp

Prescription for a healthy nation
Groundbreaking NYC public health pioneer prescribes remedy for Canada's health woes

Canada can save lives by implementing powerful health promotion strategies, says Dr. Thomas Farley, the trail-blazing commissioner of the New York City (NYC) department of health.

Healthy environments open the door to healthy choices," says Heart and Stroke Foundation president Bobbe Wood. "Adapting the NYC model in Canada could help us make real strides in preventing and reducing our rates of chronic disease. This is especially critical given the aging of our population, high rates of obesity and the increase in the consumption of processed foods."

Presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

For the full press release, go to http://vascular2013.ca/en/news.asp

Vascular 2013 is a unique, one-time Canadian event bringing four separate scientific meetings together under one roof: the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, the Canadian Diabetes Association/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference, the Canadian Stroke Congress and the Canadian Hypertension Congress.  www.vascular2013.ca

It is a joint initiative of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Canadian Diabetes Association/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Canadian Stroke Network, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Hypertension Canada.

SOURCE Heart and Stroke Foundation




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