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August 5, 2014

Chair of NICE talks about new AF guidelines

Doctors are not always keeping step with prescribing new technologies and medicines, or adopting new ways of talking to patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a BJC editorial on new AF guidance from Dr David Haslam, Chair of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

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August 5, 2014

Persistently high cardiac biomarkers important in AF

Persistent elevation of troponin and the N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) indicates a worse prognosis than transient elevations or no elevations of either marker, according to a study published recently in Heart.1

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August 5, 2014

Apixaban versus warfarin and aspirin: results from AVERROES and ARISTOTLE

The efficacy and safety of apixaban compared with aspirin are consistent in subgroups of patients who have previously attempted but failed Vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy, irrespective of the reason for discontinuation, according to a study published recently in the European Heart Journal.1

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August 5, 2014

ESC Congress 2014 focuses on innovations in cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2014 promises to be bigger, better and more interactive than ever before, says Professor Keith Fox, Chair of the Congress Programme Committee. Record numbers of Hot Line sessions and abstracts were submitted this year and the congress is on track to host the largest number of delegates in its history, according to the statement.

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August 5, 2014

Can ‘pulling a face’ in A&E identify serious cardiopulmonary disease?

Stimulus-evoked facial expressions from emergency department patients with cardiopulmonary symptoms might be a useful component of Gestalt pre-test probability assessment, according to a study published recently in the Emergency Medicine Journal.1

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August 5, 2014

Increased early stroke risk when starting warfarin

Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) receiving warfarin may be at an increased risk of stroke during the first 30 days of treatment, possibly due to a transient hypercoagulable state at the start of treatment, according to a large study based on British patients published recently in the European Heart Journal.1

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August 5, 2014

Extra-virgin olive oil reduces AF risk

In the absence of proven interventions for the primary prevention of atrial fibrillation (AF), extra-virgin olive oil in the context of a Mediterranean dietary pattern may reduce the risk of AF, according to a post hoc analysis of the PREDIMED (Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea) trial published recently.1

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August 5, 2014

Early weight and glucose control may ward off AF

Efforts aimed at weight reduction or glycaemic control may affect the proportion of the population with sustained atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association.1

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August 5, 2014

e-Cigarettes: benefits in the balance

e-Cigarette use and marketing should be subject to the same restrictions as tobacco cigarettes, according to a review published recently in Circulation.1

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August 5, 2014

New checklist makes the cardiac cath lab safer for patients

Since 2010 it has been mandatory for all UK theatre teams to use safety checklists before operating, yet despite this there are no standardised systems currently in place in cardiac catheterisation laboratories (CCLs).

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