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Date:2/10/2010

oderated poster sessions. "These give delegates an opportunity to present their work in front of a small audience of interested people. A real buzz can be created around posters, providing great opportunities to get people to interact," said Deaton.

On Friday a Satellite Symposium, scheduled to be held between 12.30 and 13.30, will feature a secondary prevention program targeting multiple cardiovascular risk factors for patients who have suffered acute coronary syndromes (ACS). To improve outcomes the ELIPS Programme, developed by the Hopitaux Universitaires De Geneve, aims to increase long term adherence to medications.

Sleep Disorders and heart problems

Cardiology nurses have an important role to play in spreading the public health message that people need to get sufficient sleep to prevent both diabetes and cardiovascular complications. "Having too little sleep should be added to the more familiar cardiovascular hazards, such as being overweight, having high cholesterol and hypertension," Professor Nancy S Redeker, from the Yale School of Nursing, will argue in the "Sweet dreams? Sleep and heart disease session" on Saturday. "It should be tackled as part of both primary and secondary prevention," she said.

Studies suggest that people today sleep on average only 6.8 hours per night, which is 1.5 hours less than they did a century ago, and furthermore nearly one third of adults sleep less than six hours per night.

Population based studies have suggested strong associations between sleep apnoea (a condition causing temporary stoppage of breathing during sleep) and problems with glucose metabolism, with research suggesting that sleep apnoea can lead to diabetes. Metabolic problems identified in sleep deprived patients include decreases in insulin sensitivity, elevated glucose levels and elevated Haemoglobin A1C (haemoglobin bound to glucose, considered a marker of diabetes control). But studies also suggest that
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