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2012 NLA Scientific Sessions Highlights

Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH

The Need to Reduce Sodium in the U.S. Diet

Faculty: Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH

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The current recommended upper limit of sodium per day is 2300 mg (100 mmol) in the general population, but 1500 mg (65 mmol) in high-risk groups such as African American, middle and older aged adults, and people with high blood pressure, diabetes, or CKD.

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Peter J. Havel, DVM, PhD

Debate Part 2 - Metabolic and Endocrine Effects of Consuming Beverages Sweetened with Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, and HFCS

Faculty: Peter J. Havel, DVM, PhD

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High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sucrose are similar in their fructose content (42-55% and 50%, respectively).

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Robert H. Lustig, MD

Debate Part 1 - Is High-fructose Corn Syrup a Problem?

Faculty: Robert H. Lustig, MD

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High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sucrose are similar in their fructose content (42-55% and 50%, respectively).

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Michael B. Bottorff, PharmD

Statin Therapy and New Onset Diabetes Mellitus

Faculty: Michael B. Bottorff, PharmD

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In February 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an update on statin safety labeling, warning about increases in fasting serum glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) reported with statin use.

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Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD

The High-Risk Plaque (HRP) Initiative

Faculty: Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD

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Assessment of subclinical atherosclerosis, particular high-risk ("vulnerable") plaque, has been proposed as an alternative strategy to risk factors and circulation biomarkers in the prediction of atherothrombotic cardiovascular disease.

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Terry Jacobson MD

Debate Part 2 - EPA and DHA

Faculty: Terry Jacobson MD

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Fish oil is a major source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to lower triglycerides. Elevated levels of triglycerides are associated with increased risk of CHD at all levels of LDL-C, but they often coexist with other cardiovascular risk factors such as low HDL-C levels and abnormalities in glucose metabolism.

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Harold Bays, MD

Debate Part 1 - Fish oils: EPA versus EPA + DHA

Faculty: Harold Bays, MD

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Fish oil is a major source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to lower triglycerides. Elevated levels of triglycerides are associated with increased risk of CHD at all levels of LDL-C, but they often coexist with other cardiovascular risk factors such as low HDL-C levels and abnormalities in glucose metabolism.

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Characterizing Cardiovascular Risk in Hispanic Americans

Faculty: Michael H. Criqui, MD, MPH

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The concept of the "Hispanic paradox" originated in 1999, when an epidemiologic study reported that Hispanic Americans, despite lower average socioeconomic status, paradoxically had a 40-50% lower total mortality rate than non-Hispanic white Americans.

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William E. Boden, MD

Clinical Decision Making: Taking COURAGE to AIM-HIGH

Faculty: William E. Boden, MD

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The two primary goals of treatment in stable coronary artery disease (CAD) are to improve survival and to improve angina and quality of life (QOL).

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by Dr. Radut.