July 30, 2015
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
June 26, 2015
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
May 28, 2015
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
April 29, 2015
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
March 27, 2015
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).
February 25, 2015
Pattern of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a strong independent predictor of stroke risk in non-anticoagulated patients, and may help to assess the risk/benefit for anticoagulant therapy, especially in lower risk patients, according to a study published recently in the European Heart Journal.1
January 29, 2015
A study1 from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has found some unexpected changes in haemodynamics following prolonged weightlessness. They observed that, while ambulatory heart rate does not change, systemic blood pressure decreases during prolonged space flight.
December 19, 2014
Numbers of atrial fibrillation (AF)-related incident ischaemic strokes at age ≥80 years have trebled over the last 25 years, despite the introduction of anticoagulants, and are projected to treble again by 2050, along with the numbers of systemic emboli, according to a study published recently in Circulation.1
October 31, 2014
Cooling the pharynx could be a good approach to cooling the brain, according to researchers at Okayama University who set out to determine whether pharyngeal cooling could be administered effectively, and what adverse side effects might occur.1
September 26, 2014
Accidental awareness during general anaesthesia (AAGA) is reported in approximately 1 in every 19,000 cases, according to data from 5th National Audit Project (NAP5).1
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