FYI from the NHLBI Index
May 2008: Vol. 9, Issue 1
NHLBI Holds Ninth Annual PIO Meeting
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month
NHLBI Holds Ninth Annual Public Interest Organization Meeting
The NHLBI's Ninth Annual Public Interest Organization (PIO) meeting will be held June 9-10, 2008, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and
Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. This state-of-the-art conference center is conveniently located near the White Flint
station on the Metro system¡¦s Red Line. The meeting was moved to June to avoid the winter weather that interrupted last year¡¦s February meeting.
This year¡¦s program will again allow for significant networking time with members of fellow PIOs as well as NHLBI staff.
The meeting starts Monday afternoon, June 9, with registration and a presentation about research conducted on the NIH
campus. Activities on Tuesday, June 10, will begin with a presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, NHLBI Director, on the future
of genetic disease mapping with genome-wide association studies. Additionally, Dr. Josephine Briggs, Director of the National
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, will speak about how to interpret the array of information available to
the public on complementary and alternative medicine.
The program will include a panel discussion on NIH research support. Another session will describe a bench-to-bedside
case study of Marfan syndrome. Concurrent sessions will be held in the afternoon. One session will give attendees the
opportunity to learn about psychosocial issues faced by patients with heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders
(originally scheduled on last year¡¦s program), and the other session will explore the logistical struggles two PIOs
have encountered with clinical trials. The program will close with an opportunity to meet NHLBI staff members
who have expertise in heart development and diseases, vascular diseases, lung diseases, airway diseases, blood
diseases and resources, and sleep and sleep disorders.
May Is National High Blood Pressure Education Month
Take this opportunity to adopt a healthy eating plan that can both reduce the risk of developing high blood
pressure and lower an already elevated blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor in
the development of cardiovascular disease.
The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) study is a clinical trial that tested the effects
of nutrients in food on blood pressure. Study results indicated that elevated blood pressures were reduced
by the DASH diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods and is low in saturated fat,
total fat, and cholesterol. The DASH eating plan includes whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts and has reduced
amounts of fats, red meats, sweets, and sugared beverages.
A second clinical study, called DASH-Sodium, looked at the effect of a reduced dietary sodium intake
on blood pressure as people followed either the DASH eating plan or a typical American diet. Results
showed that reducing dietary sodium lowered blood pressure for both the DASH eating plan and
the typical American diet. The biggest blood pressure-lowering benefits were for those eating the
DASH eating plan at the lowest sodium level (1,500 milligrams per day).
DASH and DASH-Sodium show the benefits of diet modification and salt reduction in
lowering blood pressure. For more information about the DASH diet,
please visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/prevent/h_eating/h_e_dash.htm.
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