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January 14, 2016

CHD patients with no teeth have nearly double risk of death

Coronary heart disease (CHD) patients with no teeth have nearly double the risk of death as those with all of their teeth, according to research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.1 The study in more than 15,000 patients from 39 countries found that levels of tooth loss were linearly associated with increasing death rates.

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November 24, 2015

Thumb-ECG – innovation to identify AF and prevent stroke

There is growing interest in an innovative thumb-electrocardiogram (ECG) system for remote arrhythmia investigation and stroke prevention (Zenicor-ECG, Zenicor Medical Systems), which apparently detects up to four times more atrial fibrillation than a conventional Holter ECG.

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July 30, 2015

Novel versus traditional risk factors in coronary heart disease

Novel risk factors are superior to traditional risk factors for predicting 5-year risk of secondary events in patients with stable coronary heart disease (CHD), according to the Heart and Soul Study, based at the University of California, San Francisco, published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association.1

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April 29, 2015

β-blockers safe in post-MI patients with COPD?

Despite earlier concerns of possible harmful effects, it has now been shown that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) discharged with β‐blockers after a myocardial infarction (MI) had a lower all‐cause mortality compared to patients not prescribed β‐blockers, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association.1

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May 28, 2014

Calcium scoring to guide aspirin use

Calcium scoring could help guide the treatment of coronary heart disease (CHD), by avoiding the unnecessary use of preventive medications, according to a report published recently in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.1

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May 22, 2013

Long-term exposure to traffic pollution increases risk of heart disease

Long-term exposure to fine particle matter (PM) air pollution, in part derived from traffic pollution, is associated with atherosclerosis independent of traffic noise, according to a study1 presented at the EuroPRevent 2013 congress in Rome.

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February 28, 2013

Lyme disease can affect heart conduction

Lyme disease, the increasingly common tick-borne infection, can affect the heart, as well as other organs, according to a report1 published online recently by Circulation.

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December 1, 2011

Laughter as good as a statin?

An ESC Congress study1 looked at the effects of laughter on arterial blood flow. Researchers measured the diameter of the brachial artery in 20 non-smoking, healthy men and women who on one day watched clips of comedy films, and on another watched the stressful opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan.

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November 3, 2011

World Heart Day – CVD prevention begins at home

World Heart Day took place on 29 September 2011, with a theme of ‘One World, One Home, One Heart’. Organised by the World Heart Federation, it focused on the home as a focal point for establishing healthy lifestyle habits which have a lasting impact on the whole family.

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April 6, 2011

NHS Leading The World In VTE Prevention

The NHS is leading the way with its system of monitoring patients’ risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) while in hospital and ensuring appropriate prevention measures, Health Minister Lord Howe said, recently.

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