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March 28, 2014

Gastric surgery could halve heart attack and stroke rates

Obese people who have stomach surgery to help them lose weight could halve their risk of heart attack, according to a study published recently in the International Journal of Cardiology.1

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March 28, 2014

ARISTOTLE: new analysis shows less bleeding and strokes with apixaban

The novel oral anticoagulant apixaban is associated with fewer intracranial haemorrhages compared with warfarin, as well as less adverse consequences following extracranial haemorrhage, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1 The study also showed a 50% reduction in fatal consequences at 30 days in cases of major haemorrhage with apixaban.

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March 28, 2014

Patch outperforms Holter for prolonged heart rhythm tracking

A small adhesive wireless device worn on the chest for up to two weeks does a better job detecting arrhythmias than the Holter monitor, according to research published recently in the American Journal of Medicine.1

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March 28, 2014

Insomnia symptoms associated with mortality

Insomnia symptoms, especially difficulty initiating sleep and non-restorative sleep, are associated with a higher risk of mortality, according to a study published recently in Circulation.1

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March 28, 2014

Small wireless pacemaker is safe, effective in early testing

A new wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a study published recently in Circulation.1

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March 28, 2014

Angina drug benefits for liver cancer

Anti-anginal agent perhexiline is one of 101 compounds predicted to prevent cancer growth in patients suffering from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to a study published recently in Molecular Systems Biology.1

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March 28, 2014

Remote follow-up of ICD patients reduces costs



Remote monitoring significantly reduces the cost of follow-up in patients with implantable defibrillators (ICDs), according to new data from the French, ECOST (Effectiveness and Cost of ICD Follow-Up Schedule with Telecardiology) study.1

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March 28, 2014

JBS3 – new lifetime risk measure to predict heart disease

People could live healthier and longer lives if doctors assessed a patient’s risk of evolving cardiovascular disease (CVD) over the course of their lifetime, according to a report from the Joint British Societies Consensus Recommendations on the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (JBS3), published recently in Heart.1

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March 28, 2014

Testosterone deficiency link to AF risk

Sex hormones testosterone and oestradiol are associated with incident atrial fibrillation (AF) in a cohort of older men, with testosterone deficiency in men ≥80 strongly associated with AF risk, according to a study published recently in Circulation.1

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March 28, 2014

Global EP market value may almost double by 2020

The global electrophysiology (EP) market is set to experience rapid growth in value over the coming years, climbing from approximately $1.56 billion in 2013 to $2.93 billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.5%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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