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October 19, 2016

News from the ESC 2016

We report the anticoagulation highlights from this key event in the cardiology calendar – the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress – in this special edition of Arrhythmia Watch. Taking place in Rome, Italy, from 27th -31st August 2016, it attracted over 33,000 delegates from across the globe, including His Holiness Pope Francis. Studies selected for the much anticipated Hotline sessions included the ENSURE AF study looking at the use of edoxaban in cardioversion and the ANNEXA-4 study for reversal of acute bleeding.

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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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November 24, 2015

Botox may prevent AF after CABG surgery

Botox may prevent arrhythmias when injected into fat surrounding the heart after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), according to research published recently in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology.

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October 30, 2015

Gene linked to heart disease in women

Researchers have identified a gene which is linked to an increased risk of heart disease in women, according to a study published recently in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.1

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September 30, 2015

NHS Health Checks – a waste of money?

Many in the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England privately agree that the NHS Health Checks (NHSHC) programme is costly and ineffective, but are obliged in public to ‘toe the party line,’ according to a review published recently in the Journal of Public Health.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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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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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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April 29, 2015

HRT for postmenopausal women – does it help or harm the heart?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not protect post-menopausal women against cardiovascular disease, and may even cause an increased risk of stroke, according to a review of trials published recently in the Cochrane Library.1

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March 27, 2015

CVD the top cause of death in women

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills 51% of women in Europe and breast cancer kills 3%, bucking the misperception of CVD as a man’s disease, according to a recent call for women to reduce their risk from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

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