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November 13, 2014

Management of DVT and pulmonary embolism in primary care

A one-day course entitled “Management of DVT and pulmonary embolism in primary care” will be held at the Centre for Professional Development, University of Birmingham, on Wednesday 11th February 2015, and again on 10th June 2015.

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October 31, 2014

News from the ESC Congress 2014

This year’s European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress promised the strongest scientific programme yet and it did not disappoint. With 4,598 posters and oral presentations, much excitement surrounded the reporting of the 27 studies in the five hot line sessions. While results from PARADIGM and ODYSSEY look set to be major breakthroughs in the treatment of heart failure and cholesterol lowering, respectively, the results from SIGNIFY caused much debate over the role of heart rate in cardiovascular disease.

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October 31, 2014

Cryptogenic stroke: is silent atrial fibrillation the culprit?

Data suggests that silent atrial fibrillation (AF) is identified in about 30% of cryptogenic stroke patients and has important therapeutic implications, according to a report published recently in Heart Rhythm.1 Oral anticoagulation should likely be prescribed when silent AF is detected, the authors conclude.

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October 31, 2014

New data supports cooling cardiac arrest patients

Cooling the pharynx could be a good approach to cooling the brain, according to researchers at Okayama University who set out to determine whether pharyngeal cooling could be administered effectively, and what adverse side effects might occur.1

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October 31, 2014

Chronic VKA therapy and bleeding risk in STEMI patients

In ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), chronic vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy increases in-hospital major bleeding risk significantly compared to no VKA therapy, irrespective of whether admission international normalised ratio (INR) was ≥2.0 or not, according to a study published recently in Heart.1

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October 31, 2014

Impact of mental stress on heart varies between men, women

Men and women have different cardiovascular and psychological reactions to mental stress, according to a study of men and women who were already being treated for heart disease, published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1

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October 31, 2014

New technique enables increasingly accurate PET scan to detect cancer and heart conditions

A novel technique which reduces image degradation caused by respiratory motion during a positron emission tomography (PET) scan has been developed in a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland.

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October 31, 2014

University of Leeds students start advanced medical research

Two University of Leeds students will research aspects of medicine that are linked with heart disease, which could help towards finding new treatments in the future, with the support of two EXSEL (Excellence in Scholarship, Enterprise and Leadership) programme scholarships, funded by Heart Research UK.

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October 31, 2014

Catheter ablation in AF patients improves left ventricular systolic dysfunction

Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AFCA) efficacy in patients with impaired left ventricular systolic function improves when performed early in the natural history of atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure, according to a study published recently in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.1 AFCA provides long-term benefits on left ventricular function, significantly reducing the number of patients with severely impaired systolic function, the authors add.

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October 31, 2014

Thumb-based ECG detects silent AF in stroke patients

Regular screening using a handheld electrocardiology (ECG) device on 75-year-old stroke patients for detecting silent atrial fibrillation (AF) is both effective and provides long-term cost savings, according to a new clinical study published in Europace.1

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