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March 27, 2015

CVD the top cause of death in women

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills 51% of women in Europe and breast cancer kills 3%, bucking the misperception of CVD as a man’s disease, according to a recent call for women to reduce their risk from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

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March 27, 2015

Frequent sauna use protects men against cardiac death

Frequent – even daily – sauna use can reduce the risk of cardiac death, according to a study at the University of Eastern Finland published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine.1

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March 27, 2015

Routine CT scans could reduce MI risk

Giving patients with chest pain a computed tomography (CT) scan as well as the standard tests could reduce myocardial infarction (MI) risk, according to a University of Edinburgh study published recently in The Lancet.1

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March 27, 2015

Moderate coffee consumption reduces cardiovascular risk

People who drink a moderate amount of coffee daily are less likely to develop coronary atherosclerosis, according to research published online recently in Heart.1

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March 27, 2015

Football training an effective weight loss programme

Men who participated in a Football Fans in Training (FFIT) scheme lost more than nine times as much weight as those who did not take part in the programme, according to results published recently in Public Health Research.1 Participants also benefited from reduced waist size less body fat and lower blood pressure, say the authors.

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March 27, 2015

Imaging heart muscle structure could give clues to heart disease

Research into new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques could help to map heart muscle cell structure more accurately and in greater detail than ever before, according to a statement from Heart Research UK.

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March 27, 2015

Smokers fare much worse after revascularisation procedures

Patients with coronary artery disease who continue to smoke following angioplasty or bypass surgery have considerably poorer long-term outcomes, including a higher chance of myocardial infarction (MI), compared to non-smokers and patients who quit smoking, according to research published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1

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March 27, 2015

Anger associated with higher MI risk

The risk of myocardial infarction (MI) has been found to be 8.5 times higher in the two hours following an acute episode of anger than during the “usual frequency” patterns of anger, according to a study published recently in European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care.1

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March 27, 2015

Apixaban recommended for treating and preventing DVT

Apixaban has been recommended as an option for treating and preventing venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults in draft guidance1 published recently by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

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March 27, 2015

Risks of long-term paracetamol use underestimated

Doctors may have underestimated the risks for patients who take paracetamol long-term, according to research published online recently in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.1

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