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July 30, 2015

Patient preferences for arrhythmia management

A review of the evidence on patient values and preferences in the management of cardiac tachyarrhythmias was presented recently at EHRA Europace Cardiostim 2015, and published in EP Europace.1

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July 30, 2015

Improved functioning for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors

The proportion of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors with preserved function over time – measured by return to work – increased significantly from 2001-2011, according to a study published recently in Circulation.1

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July 30, 2015

Chronic nicotine exposure could change the structure of the stomach

Different ways of chronic nicotine administration (oral, inhalation and injection) cause changes in hormones secreted by the stomach as well as changes to the top layer of the mucosa, which could lead to more effective treatments for stomach ulcers, according to a study published recently in Experimental Physiology.1

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July 30, 2015

Digoxin-associated mortality: a systematic review

Digoxin use is associated with an increased mortality risk, particularly among patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a report published recently in the European Heart Journal.1

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July 30, 2015

Huge variation in use of new anticoagulants “completely unacceptable”

There is huge variation across England in the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) to reduce stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a recent statement from the Atrial Fibrillation Association (AF Association) which condemns the new data as “completely unacceptable”.1

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July 30, 2015

First ESC recommendations for arrhythmias and CKD published

The first European Society of Cardiology (ESC) recommendations for patients with cardiac arrhythmias and chronic kidney disease (CKD) were presented recently at the EHRA Europace Cardiostim 2015 meeting, and published in EP Europace.1

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July 30, 2015

Novel versus traditional risk factors in coronary heart disease

Novel risk factors are superior to traditional risk factors for predicting 5-year risk of secondary events in patients with stable coronary heart disease (CHD), according to the Heart and Soul Study, based at the University of California, San Francisco, published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association.1

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July 30, 2015

NOACs carry different bleeding risks for elderly

Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have equal efficacy to older treatments, but carry different risk of bleeding complications in the elderly, finds a study published recently in Circulation.1

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July 30, 2015

Patient access to cardiovascular devices delayed by bureaucracy

Patients are experiencing significant delays in access to approved cardiovascular devices due to bureaucratic inefficiencies, reveals a Devices White Paper from the Cardiovascular Round Table published recently in the European Heart Journal.1

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July 30, 2015

Oral health and heart disease

The hazards of poor oral health and increased likelihood of cardiovascular disorders were highlighted at the EuroPerio8 Conference, held recently in London. This international gathering attracted almost 10,000 delegates.

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