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2012 NLA Scientific Sessions Highlights

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

Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH

Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH

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

Peter J. Havel, DVM, PhD

Peter J. Havel, DVM, PhD

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

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

Robert H. Lustig, MD

Robert H. Lustig, MD

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

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Statin Therapy and New Onset Diabetes Mellitus

Michael B. Bottorff, PharmD

Michael B. Bottorff, PharmD

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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The High-Risk Plaque (HRP) Initiative

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD

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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Debate Part 2 - EPA and DHA

Terry Jacobson MD

Terry Jacobson MD

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

Harold Bays, MD

Harold Bays, MD

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

Michael H. Criqui, MD, MPH

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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Clinical Decision Making: Taking COURAGE to AIM-HIGH

William E. Boden, MD

William E. Boden, MD

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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