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June 26, 2015

Uninterrupted anticoagulation in cardiac ablation and implantation

Uninterrupted anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists during ablation and device implantation is recommended in a position paper from the European Heart Rhythm Association, published recently in EP Europace.1

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June 26, 2015

Cardiac device wearers warned to keep distance from smartphones

Cardiac device wearers should keep a safe distance from smartphones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, according to research presented at EHRA Europace Cardiostim 2015, held recently in Milan, Italy.

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June 26, 2015

Rethink on sports restrictions for children with arrhythmia

Sports participation may be safer than previously thought for children with the heart rhythm disorder long QT syndrome, and restrictions should be eased to allow appropriately treated children with the condition to participate more, according to a study published recently in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.1

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June 26, 2015

Faulty gene can trigger lethal arrhythmia

A faulty gene can cause fatal abnormal heart rhythms that are brought on by exercise, according to research presented at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Conference held recently in Manchester, UK.

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June 26, 2015

Now is the time – Arrhythmia Alliance calls for action on sudden cardiac arrest deaths

The Arrhythmia Alliance has released a new manifesto, calling for greater awareness and encouraging bystander action to reduce fatal sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) across the UK.

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June 26, 2015

Moderate physical activity “as good as giving up smoking”

30 minutes of physical activity ¬– irrespective of its intensity – six days a week is linked to a 40% lower risk of death from any cause among elderly men, according to research published recently in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.1

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June 26, 2015

Mental health problems and cardiovascular health

Common mental health problems such as stress, depression and anxiety contribute to a significant number of days of work lost in the UK. Stress, depression and anxiety were found to account for more than 15 million sick days in 2013, according to a report from the Office for National Statistics.1

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June 26, 2015

Longer breaks between shifts improve heart rate variability

Increasing the length of breaks between shifts helps nurses recover from work, according to a study published recently in Clinical Nursing Studies.1 The study analysed the effects of longer rest and recovery periods between shifts on heart rate variability, as an indicator of recovery.

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June 26, 2015

Pharmacist monitoring improves adherence to NOACs

Adherence to dabigatran treatment varies between Veterans Health Administration sites, among nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients treated with dabigatran, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.1

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June 26, 2015

Cardio-oncology services needed to improve patient care

The impact of cancer treatments on cardiovascular health is an important consideration when treating cancer patients, but many hospital training programmes have no formal training or services in cardio-oncology and a lack of national guidelines and funding are frequent barriers to establishing such programmes, according to a nationwide survey published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1

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