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January 14, 2016

Expert suggests there is ‘no absolute age cut-off for anticoagulation’

Given the challenges of antithrombotic treatment in the elderly, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Working Group on Thrombosis task group has recently published an expert position paper on this important topic.1

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January 14, 2016

Syncope – improving approaches to diagnosis and treatment

A new, position paper1 on syncope, from the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) offers a pragmatic approach to the rationale and requirement for establishing syncope Units (SU) based on specialist consensus, existing practice and scientific evidence.

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January 14, 2016

Do anaesthetists affect cardiac surgery mortality? An anaesthetist speaks

There has been much interest in a feature in the last edition of BJC Arrhythmia Watch, which focused on a paper1 published on behalf of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA) which concluded that “anaesthetists did not appear to affect mortality”.

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January 14, 2016

Scary movies can curdle blood



Watching horror, or “bloodcurdling,” movies is associated with an increase in the clotting protein, blood coagulant factor VIII, according to small study conducted in Amsterdam, and published in the BMJ Christmas issue.1

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January 14, 2016

CHD patients with no teeth have nearly double risk of death

Coronary heart disease (CHD) patients with no teeth have nearly double the risk of death as those with all of their teeth, according to research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.1 The study in more than 15,000 patients from 39 countries found that levels of tooth loss were linearly associated with increasing death rates.

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January 14, 2016

UK bariatric surgery – confirmed clinical outcome benefits

Bariatric surgery as delivered in the UK healthcare system is associated with dramatic weight loss, and benefits in cardiometabolic co-morbidities, according to a recent study conducted by workers from the London School of Hygiene and University College London.1 Widening the availability of bariatric surgery could lead to substantial health benefits for many people who are morbidly obese, the invesitgators conclude.

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January 14, 2016

New guide highlights diverse drug targets

The new Concise Guide to Pharmacology 2015/20161 provides a valuable and unique overview of the key properties of more than 1,700 human drug targets, focusing on those exploited currently in the clinic or with future therapeutic potential.

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January 14, 2016

Can cancer itself damage the heart?

Research presented recently at EuroEcho-Imaging 2015 in Seville, Spain, raises the possibility that cancer itself may damage heart muscle irrespective of exposure to cancer drug therapies.1 Researchers from the UK’s first dedicated cardio-oncology clinic at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, found that both treated and untreated cancer patients had impaired cardiac function.

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January 14, 2016

Coronary artery calcium progression and atrial fibrillation

Coronary artery calcium (CAC) progression is associated with a ‘dose-response’ increase in risk for development of atrial fibrillation (AF) according to findings recently reported by lead author Dr Wesley O’Neal (Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA) from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) study.1

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January 14, 2016

Decline in air pollution masking major problems in UK cities

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is disappointed with the air quality plans released recently and concerned that new emissions data might be interpreted positively when the UK population continues to live with a serious air pollution problem.1

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