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October 30, 2015

Gene linked to heart disease in women

Researchers have identified a gene which is linked to an increased risk of heart disease in women, according to a study published recently in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.1

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October 30, 2015

Does heart rate control improve outcome in AF?

Mortality risk is lower for atrial fibrillation patients receiving rate-control treatment with β-blockers or calcium channel blockers, and the use of β-blockers is associated with the largest risk reduction, according to a study published recently in Circulation.1

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October 30, 2015

New roadmap to improve AF management

The report from the 5th Atrial Fibrillation Network association (AFNET)/European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) consensus conference has been published recently in EP Europace,1 aiming to provide a roadmap to improve the quality of AF management.

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October 30, 2015

Report shows poor interest in disease prevention in the UK

There is a clear gap between what Britons know they should be doing to prevent illness and what they are doing to actively manage their health, according to a report launched recently by Philips Healthcare. However, the report, which surveyed over 2,000 members of the British public and 400 healthcare professionals (HCPs), also shows the potential for data and technology to help people break free from this inertia and take increased responsibility.

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October 30, 2015

Pacemakers identify AF to help stroke prevention

Pacemakers identify atrial fibrillation (AF) and enable initiation of anticoagulation to prevent strokes, according to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2015, held recently in Vienna, Austria.1

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October 30, 2015

Blackouts and near drownings may signal sudden death risk

Blackouts and near drowning events may signal an increased risk of sudden death, according to research presented at the South Africa Heart Congress 2015, held recently in Rustenburg, South Africa

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October 30, 2015

Drugs and devices – European Society of Cardiology highlights

A record-breaking meeting of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) was held in London this year with 33,000 delegates from all over the world attending the five-day congress from 29th August–2nd September 2015. The British Journal of Cardiology (BJC) presents highlights from the meeting in their report, and in an accompanying podcast.

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October 30, 2015

Cocoa reduces heart disease risk

Consuming cocoa flavanols improves cardiovascular function and lessens the burden on the heart that comes with the ageing and stiffening of arteries, according to a study published recently in British Journal of Nutrition (BJN).1 The BJN study, along with a related study published by the same group of researchers in the journal Age,2 provides novel data to indicate that intake of cocoa flavanols reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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October 30, 2015

Switching patients with AF to NOACs in primary care

Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) constitute “a new era in anticoagulation therapy” for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a review published recently in the International Journal of General Medicine.1

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October 30, 2015

Ischaemic stroke in marijuana users

Strokes in young adults who use marijuana are more likely to be caused by intracranial arterial stenosis than strokes in non-users, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1

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