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August 5, 2014

Increased early stroke risk when starting warfarin

Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) receiving warfarin may be at an increased risk of stroke during the first 30 days of treatment, possibly due to a transient hypercoagulable state at the start of treatment, according to a large study based on British patients published recently in the European Heart Journal.1

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June 26, 2014

First comprehensive UK insight into PoTS

The effects of postural syndrome, which predominantly afflicts young women, are made worse by poor understanding and inconsistent treatment of the condition, according to a study published recently on BMJ Open.1

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May 28, 2014

Sudden cardiac death in children: case for screening grows stronger

More than half of all victims of sudden cardiac death in children (SCDc) – defined as SCD in those 1–18 years old – experienced antecedent and/or prodromal symptoms prior to death, according to a nationwide study published recently in the European Heart Journal.1

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April 30, 2014

Herpes zoster as a risk factor for stroke and TIA

Herpes zoster (HZ) is an independent risk factor for vascular disease in the UK population, according to a study published recently in Neurology.1 This is particularly the case for stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA), and myocardial infarction (MI) in subjects affected before the age of 40 years.

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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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December 20, 2013

Cardio-oncology: what is the relationship between AF and cancer?

A major review on the relationship between atrial fibrillation (AF) and cancer has been undertaken by researchers from the University of Athens Medical School, Greece. Their report1 was published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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November 20, 2013

Womens’ greater shortness of breath on exercise explained

Women have greater shortness of breath than men when exercising due to greater electrical activation of their respiratory muscles, shows a study published recently in Experimental Physiology.1

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October 30, 2013

Psychological interventions halve cardiovascular deaths

Psychological interventions halve deaths and cardiovascular events in heart disease patients, according to research presented at the Acute Cardiac Care Congress 2013, held recently in Madrid, Spain.

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September 18, 2013

Paediatric EP “foreign to most”?

The first European statement1 concerning the diagnosis and management of paediatric arrhythmias has been published recently in Europace.

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August 30, 2013

Post-stroke VTE prophylaxis – are compressive stockings redundant?

Discontinuing compressive stockings for standard care in all UK stroke units did not increase venous thromboembolism incidence in routine clinical practice, according to a study1 published recently in Stroke.

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