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May 28, 2015

NOAC news

Apixaban
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued Final Appraisal Determination (FAD) recommending the NOAC (non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant) apixaban (Eliquis®) as an option for the treatment and prevention of recurrent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or pulmonary embolism (PE) in adults.

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May 28, 2015

Elderly mortality reduced with more physical activity

Risk of death for the elderly decreases with greater and more regular exercise, according to a study in a French cohort of more than 1,000 elderly subjects (the PROOF study) presented recently at EuroPRevent 2015.1

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May 28, 2015

BHF urges Supreme Court to get tough on UK air pollution

Supreme Court judges must force the UK Government to speed up its plans to improve UK air quality, in order to protect the nation’s hearts from the adverse effects of air pollution, according to a recent statement from the British Heart Foundation.

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May 28, 2015

20 percent of AF could be obesity related

Obesity is an important contributor to the atrial fibrillation (AF) epidemic, potentially explaining one-fifth of all cases, according to a study published recently in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.1

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May 28, 2015

SWEDEHEART shows gender differences in MI prevention

Cardiac readmissions are significantly higher in women than in men, probably because of less use of secondary prevention. This was among the findings from a study published recently in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.1

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May 28, 2015

Atrial fibrillation recurrence lower with sleep apnoea treatment

The use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea was associated with a significant reduction in the recurrence of atrial fibrillation, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology.1

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May 28, 2015

“Isolated” AF is not benign

Long-term atrial fibrillation (AF)-related stroke and mortality risks are similar between individuals with and without secondary AF precipitants, according to a study published recently in Circulation.1

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May 28, 2015

Nurses and junior doctors way ahead in activity levels

Even a busy job may not provide enough exercise to meet current activity recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study reported recently at the EuroPRevent congress in Lisbon.

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May 28, 2015

Advances in heart regeneration, thanks to the zebrafish

New research on the regenerative abilities of the zebrafish shed light on the properties of the epicardium, and could help to provide a new treatment for humans with heart conditions, according to a study published recently in Nature.1

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May 28, 2015

Passive smoking in childhood impacts on adult cardiovascular health

Children exposed to parental smoking in childhood had approximately twice the risk of having plaque in their carotid artery 26 years later as did those whose parents did not smoke in childhood, according to a study published recently in Circulation.1

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