Data from the CDC indicate that 15.1% of U.S. adults (16.7% of men and 13.6% of women) smoke, down from 20.9% a decade ago. Despite this encouraging trend, there remains a population of current and former smokers with an increased risk of lung cancer. In addition to asking about tobacco usage, encouraging current smokers to quit, and…

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Partnering with patients to assess their risk for cardiovascular disease can be a challenge. Developing a plan of care to manage hypertension is individualized; incorporating patient buy-in sets the stage for optimal adherence with the therapeutic plan, which often includes recommendations for lifestyle changes (physical activity, heart healthy diet, maintenance of ideal weight) along with…

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Did you know that the Heart Truth Campaign was launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) almost 20 years ago now, in 2002? The first Go Red for Women Day, observed on the first Friday in February, was celebrated in 2004. These awareness-raising campaigns are directed toward not only the lay-public,…

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