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February 7, 2012

Inexperience predicts AF ablation complications

Lack of recent hospital procedure experience is associated with a higher risk of complications and/or 30-day readmission in patients having undergone atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, according to a study1 published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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February 7, 2012

BCS recommendations on acute cardiac care

A working group of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) considers the organisation and provision of care for all acute cardiac conditions in their recently published report. The working group’s Chairman, Dr David Walker, speaks to BJC Arrhythmia Watch on the reports’ background and findings…

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February 7, 2012

BHF campaigns for hands-only CPR

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has launched a campaign to actively promote hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Backed by Resuscitation Council UK, they recommend that anyone who doesn’t have CPR training should now ignore the kiss of life in favour of “hard and fast” chest compressions.

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February 7, 2012

NHS Future Forum publish second phase report

The NHS Future Forum has given its second set of reports1 to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in which it sets out a series of recommendations to improve the quality of patient care and achieve better outcomes.

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February 7, 2012

Cardiovascular benefits of yoga for AF

Yoga could have antiarrhythmic benefits in several different populations, according to ongoing research announced recently at the Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium.1

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February 7, 2012

Report highlights inequity in UK device implantation

UK heart rhythm patients are among the most under-treated in Europe, according to results from the most recent clinical audit of heart rhythm care published recently by the Heart Rhythm UK (HRUK) Audit Group.1 Insight is urgently needed into why the UK is performing so badly, the report claims.

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February 7, 2012

Fried food not linked to CVD risk

Eating food fried in olive or sunflower oil is not linked to cardiovascular disease (CVD) or premature death, according to findings from a paper published recently on bmj.com.1

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February 7, 2012

What is good for our hearts is good for our heads

The brain’s capacity for memory, reasoning and comprehension skills (cognitive function) can start to deteriorate from age 45, finds research published recently on bmj.com.1

 Previous research suggests that cognitive decline does not begin before the age of 60, but this view is not universally accepted.



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February 7, 2012

Dronedarone: a new therapeutic option for atrial fibrillation

Lincolnshire cardiologists review the new antiarrhythmic agent, dronedarone, which is indicated for the maintenance of sinus rhythm after successful cardioversion in adult clinically stable patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation (AF).

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February 7, 2012

HEART UK reports on post-MI inequalities

HEART UK, the Cholesterol Charity, has called on all NHS Trusts to offer cardiac rehabilitation services to patients more vigorously, following the launch of a report1 highlighting the inequalities in treatment after myocardial infarction (MI) in England.

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