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AHA Scientific Sessions

Presentations at AHA Scientific Sessions

A failing heart's effect on the short-term memory. The impact of telephone interventions on behaviors in Latinos. Depression and heart disease. Risk factors contributing to premature coronary atherosclerosis in pre-menopausal women. These are just a few of the research findings that were presented by faculty members of the UCLA School of Nursing at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, on November 12 - 16 in Orlando, FL.

Mary Woo, RN, DNSc, FAAN, presented: "Heart Failure is Accompanied by Loss of Brain Axons Between Short-Term Memory Areas." Heart failure patients have a fourfold risk of short-term memory impairment, which is linked to decreased survival and quality of life. Woo's research studied the integrity of fornix fibers in heart failure and healthy subjects. Fornix fibers connect the hippocampus and mammillary bodies and are important for maintaining memory function. Results of this study showed evidence of fornix fiber volume loss in heart failure subjects. Woo discusses her research here.

"Premature Atherosclerosis in Premenopausal Women: Does Cytokine Balance Play a Role?" Jo-Ann Eastwood, RN, Ph.D., CCNS, CCRN, presented research that suggests that premenopausal women with coronary artery disease (CAD) have altered cytokine balance compared to premenopausal women without CAD. Cytokines are key in regulating the immune system. Eastwood's presentation was part of the "Go Red for Women Dfiay," a national health initiative by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women.

"Benefits of Nurse-Guided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression after Cardiac Surgery." Fifteen to 40 percent of patients undergoing cardiac surgery suffer from depression, but studies of treatment for depression have been limited. The studies of Lynn V. Doering, DNSc, found that nurses can have a critical impact on the successful recovery of cardiac patients in the home when cognitive behavioral therapy is utilized.

In addition to these presentations, four papers co-authored by UCLA School of Nursing faculty were also presented:

Scientific Sessions   is the American Heart Association's largest gathering of scientists and healthcare professionals devoted to the science of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and the care of patients suffering from these diseases. Scientific Sessions provides five days of comprehensive, unparalleled education through more than 4,000 presentations given by some of the world's top leaders in the areas of cardiovascular disease.

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