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April 29, 2015

HRT for postmenopausal women – does it help or harm the heart?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not protect post-menopausal women against cardiovascular disease, and may even cause an increased risk of stroke, according to a review of trials published recently in the Cochrane Library.1

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April 29, 2015

Does gender affect anticoagulation?

Contemporary global data show that anticoagulant use for stroke prevention is no different in men and women with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published recently in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.1

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April 29, 2015

β-blockers safe in post-MI patients with COPD?

Despite earlier concerns of possible harmful effects, it has now been shown that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) discharged with β‐blockers after a myocardial infarction (MI) had a lower all‐cause mortality compared to patients not prescribed β‐blockers, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association.1

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April 29, 2015

Active rheumatoid arthritis increases cardiovascular risk

Among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, higher disease activity is independently associated with greater left ventricular (LV) relative wall thickness, reflecting subclinical heart disease, according to a study published recently in Rheumatology.1

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April 29, 2015

AF guidelines may drive stroke research funding

The amount of government money pumped into dementia and stroke research in the UK has risen significantly in recent years, but it is still far too low when compared with spending on heart disease and cancer, according to a study published recently in the online journal BMJ Open.1

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April 29, 2015

Portable ultrasound assists medical teams in remote areas

An ultrasound system (NanoMaxx®, SonoSite) is being used by ambulance and helicopter services for paediatric retrievals in remote rural areas of Scotland.

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April 29, 2015

First fully-implantable micropacemaker designed for foetal use

The first fully implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a foetus with complete heart block has been developed, with preclinical testing and optimisation reported in a recent issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.1

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April 29, 2015

Shorter height is directly associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease

There is a primary association between a genetically determined shorter height and an increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), a link that is partly explained by the association between shorter height and an adverse lipid profile, according to a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.1

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April 29, 2015

Global AF treatment market to peak in 2020

The global market for atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment will more than double in value from $4.6 billion in 2013 to peak sales of $9.4 billion in 2020, before declining to $5.7 billion by 2023 as novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) become genericised, according to a recent report from research and consulting firm GlobalData.1

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April 29, 2015

Bleeding risk, physical functioning and non-use of anticoagulation

Post-stroke anticoagulation decisions are made based on clinical factors associated with bleed risk and motor deficits or physical functioning. However, opportunities may exist for improving clinician documentation of specific reasoning for non-anticoagulation prescription, according to a study published recently in the Quarterly Journal of Medicine.1

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