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September 30, 2015

NHS Health Checks – a waste of money?

Many in the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England privately agree that the NHS Health Checks (NHSHC) programme is costly and ineffective, but are obliged in public to ‘toe the party line,’ according to a review published recently in the Journal of Public Health.1

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September 30, 2015

Better outcomes when you follow the AF guidelines

Patients with atrial fibrillation who receive antithrombotic management according to European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines have better outcomes than those who do not, suggest results from the EORP-AF Pilot General Registry presented recently at ESC 2015, and published online in Europace.1

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September 30, 2015

Improved cardiorespiratory fitness reduces arrhythmia risk

Obese atrial fibrillation patients have a lower chance of arrhythmia recurrence if they have high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness, and risk continues to decline as exercise capacity increases as part of treatment, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1

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September 30, 2015

Arthroplasty Increases MI and VTE risk

Although osteoarthritis patients who have an arthroplasty are at increased risk of myocardial infarction in the early post-operative period, a more long-term risk is that of venous thromboembolism, according to a study from Boston-based researchers published recently in Arthritis and Rheumatology.1

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September 30, 2015

No benefit in adding third antithrombotic

Triple therapy is no better than dual antiplatelet therapy in preventing major adverse cardiac events in older patients with atrial fibrillation who had a myocardial infarction (MI) treated with angioplasty, and triple therapy resulted in more complications, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1

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September 30, 2015

Patient education does not improve apixaban adherence

Adherence to the oral anticoagulant apixaban among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) was not improved by an educational programme, according to results from the AEGEAN (Assessment of an Education and Guidance Programme for Eliquis Adherence in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation) trial presented recently at ESC Congress 2015.

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September 30, 2015

CPR should continue for at least 35 minutes

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest should be conducted for at least 35 minutes, according to research presented recently at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2015.1 The study in more than 17,000 patients found that nearly all survivals were achieved within 35 minutes and longer CPR achieved little benefit.

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September 30, 2015

Stars help in ‘Mending Broken Hearts’

Singer Pixie Lott will be taking to the stage at the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Tunnel of Love event, to be held on November 11th at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to help raise funds for its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

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September 30, 2015

Efforts to improve AED usage help in public, but not in the home

Efforts to improve automated external defibrillator (AED) usage increase bystander defibrillation in public places but not at home, according to a study of more than 25,000 cardiac arrest patients presented recently at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2015.1

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September 30, 2015

BHF calls for presumed organ donation consent

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling for a soft ‘opt-out’ system to be introduced across the UK, where it is assumed that someone is happy to be an organ donor, unless they or their family say otherwise, according to a recent statement.

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