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​​Editor'sPick Article 

The cardiac intensive care unit environment can affect the developing brain of an infant with congenital heart disease. Individualized Family-centered develomental care can be implemented into the standard of care of the cardiac ICU to promote neuro protection and development. 

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PCNA Progress in Prevention



Heart Failure

Patient and Professional Factors That Impact the Perceived Likelihood and Confidence of Healthcare Professionals to Discuss Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Deactivation in Advanced Heart Failure: Results From an International Factorial Survey

Hill, Loreena; McIlfatrick, Sonja; Taylor, Brian J.; More

Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 33(6):527-535, November/December 2018.

JCN presents Guidelines and Scientific Statements for the Care and Management of Cardiac Patients:

American Heart Association

 2013 2012 2011 2010  2008-2009   2004-2007   2000-2003   Prior to 2000


New Prevention Guidelines Available November 2013!

Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults

Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults

Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk


Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

4/4/17 - 4/7/17 Baltimore


European Society of Cardiology  EuroHeartCare

Abstract Deadline 1/20/18 1/31/18

6/7/18 - 6/9/18 Dublin


European Society of Cardiology Congress

Abstract Deadline 2/14/18

8/25/18 – 8/29/18 Munich


Heart Failure Society of America

Abstract Deadline TBA

9/15/18 – 9/18/18 Nashville


American Heart Association

Abstract Deadline TBA

11/10/18 – 11/14/18 Chicago

 Research Resources

Official site for the Self Care of Heart Failure Index.

This instrument was developed by Dr. Barbara Riegel over the past 2 decades. This instrument has strong psychometric support and is frequently used to measure self care in studies of patients with heart failure. This site offers a brief history of the instrument, the Self Care of Heart Failure Model upon which the instrument is based, the instrument, foreign language versions, directions for use and for scoring and information about adaptations of the instrument in development to measure self care in other patient populations. As this instrument is in the public domain, it may be accessed through this site and used without specific permission from Dr. Riegel, the developer of this instrument.