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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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February 25, 2015

AF type is better stroke predictor

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

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January 29, 2015

Long-duration space flight may pose heart problems

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.

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December 19, 2014

AF-related strokes on increase, despite more anticoagulation

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

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October 31, 2014

New data supports cooling cardiac arrest patients

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

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September 26, 2014

Awareness during general anaesthesia can cause long-term harm

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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