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June 26, 2014

First comprehensive UK insight into PoTS

The effects of postural syndrome, which predominantly afflicts young women, are made worse by poor understanding and inconsistent treatment of the condition, according to a study published recently on BMJ Open.1

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June 26, 2014

Thousands of AF strokes avoidable, says NICE update

Thousands of people with atrial fibrillation (AF) suffer strokes, disability or death which are avoidable, according to new guidance published by the National institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and produced by the National Clinical Guideline Centre.

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June 26, 2014

Increasing European uptake of ‘new’ oral anticoagulants

The new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have being widely adopted throughout much of Europe, according to a report presented by Professor Jean-Yves Le Heuzey (Paris Descartes University) at Cardiostim 2014, held recently in Nice, France.

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June 26, 2014

Depression and risk of acute MI – the HUNT 2 study

Self-reported symptoms of depression and anxiety, especially if recurrent, are moderately associated with the risk of incident acute myocardial infarction (AMI), which may reflect reverse causation or confounding from common chronic diseases, according to a study published recently in the European Heart Journal.1

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June 26, 2014

Meditation – healing more than just minds?

Meditation and other relaxation-based interventions may improve outcomes in patients with long-term conditions (LTCs) such as diabetes mellitus and coronary heart disease, by targeting “negative cognitions” such as worry and thought suppression, according to a UK study published recently in Behavioral Medicine.1

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June 26, 2014

Air pollution linked to AF and pulmonary embolism

Air pollution is linked to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) and pulmonary embolism, although the impact of pollution on directly increasing risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke is less clear, according to a large study published recently in Heart.1

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June 26, 2014

Childhood malnutrition linked to higher blood pressure in adults

Severe malnutrition in childhood may increase the risk of hypertension in adulthood, which would have a significant impact on global health, according to research published recently in Hypertension.1

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June 26, 2014

RCP supports e-cigarette benefits, pending regulation

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) believes that e-cigarettes could lead to significant falls in the prevalence of smoking in the UK, prevent many deaths and episodes of serious illness, and help to reduce the social inequalities in health that tobacco smoking currently exacerbates, provided they are properly regulated, according to a specific policy statement on the use of e-cigarettes.

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June 26, 2014

New oral anticoagulants and bleeding management

As new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are being prescribed with increasing frequency, and patients are fully anticoagulated, although the risk of intracranial bleeding is reduced, there is still a risk of major haemorrhage. An article by Dr Raza Alikhan (University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff), published in the British Journal of Cardiology,1 provides an understanding of the metabolism and excretion of NOACs, as well as their effects on coagulation tests, which is paramount in the management of patients, particularly in emergency situations.

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June 26, 2014

AF associated with ivabradine treatment

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a substantially more common side-effect of ivabradine treatment than one patient in 10,000, which is the risk presently reported in the product literature, and AF incidence has not routinely been reported in clinical trials of the drug, according to a study published recently in Heart.1

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