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Saturday, 09 September 2017
A new study shows that long-term daily aspirin use in people aged ≥75 years, is linked to a higher than expected risk of disabling or fatal bleeding. While short-term aspirin use after a stroke or heart attack has clear benefits, the study authors say that older patients who take aspirin on a daily basis should also be prescribed a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) to reduce the risk of bleeding.
Friday, 08 September 2017
HRT has been shown to reduce future risk of cardiovascular disease when taken within ten years of the menopause.  Some experts recommend that HRT is considered as part of a general prevention strategy at the onset of the menopause. However, some doctors and nurses feel apprehensive about this as they are confused about the association of HRT with cardiovascular disease.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 17 July 2017
A new study has announced the new QRISK3 cardiovascular disease risk prediction algorithm. The calculator is used to work out the risk of developing a heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years. The risk calculator is designed for use in the UK.
Monday, 17 July 2017
A new study led by the University of Leicester suggests that one in three people who suffer from high blood pressure are failing to take medication as prescribed by their healthcare professionals. Non-adherence to antihypertensive treatment is a critical contributor to suboptimal blood pressure control.
Monday, 17 July 2017
Two studies highlight the long-term implications of childhood obesity. The first study shows that obese children have increased arterial damage and an enhanced likelihood of pre-diabetes in adulthood which, in turn, increases the chance of developing cardiovascular disease.
Friday, 09 June 2017
This report provides highlights from the BSH Heart Failure Day for Revalidation and Training in March. The meeting featured the latest in HF management and practice including sessions on new trials, guidelines and an update on diabetic drugs, and other important areas. Two ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions looked at iron deficiency in chronic HF and ivabradine in the rehospitalised patient.
Category: Editorial
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Friday, 09 June 2017
The leading UK cardiovascular conference for the whole primary care team. Expert presenters and a down-to-earth approach help health professionals translate the latest evidence into daily practice and optimise patient care. Participants also receive 9 hours CPD credits. Book now to attend this inspirational event and take advantage of our Early Bird discount.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 07 June 2017
Offering a year-long programme of weight loss classes could prevent an additional 1786 cases of cardiovascular disease for every 100,000 people compared to the existing 12-week NHS programme, according to a new study published in the Lancet.
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017
Men and women suffering from heart failure have a higher risk of death than people with some common types of cancer, according to results from the primary care database study. Heart failure is also accompanied by much higher rates of co-morbidity.
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Muscle-related symptoms are less commonly reported when patients and their doctors are unaware that statin therapy is being used, compared to when they are aware, according to a new study on ASCOT-LLA trial data.

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