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Topic: Cardiovascular risk - Primary Care

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.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
A recent study using data from the UK Paediatric Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Register shows that statin therapy reduces LDL cholesterol by 31% with no associated liver or muscle damage. Statin use in children is not associated with any reductions in growth rate and is safe in childhood, with no biochemical evidence of toxicity over a 2- to 3-year period.
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.
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.
Thursday, 02 February 2017
A new study shows that increased activity in the amygdala (the part of the brain involved in stress) is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke. This study provides new insights into the possible mechanism by which stress can lead to cardiovascular disease in humans.
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Targeting cardiovascular disease risk factors may be important across a person’s lifetime, as a new study from the US National Institutes of Health shows that efforts to prevent risk factors should extend to those over 65 years of age.
Thursday, 20 October 2016
A new document from Public Health England (PHE) highlights the ongoing impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and provides an overview of PHEs work in CVD.
Category: Have You Heard
Thursday, 08 August 2019
Behavioural risk factors such as poor diet, smoking and low physical activity, along with high blood pressure, high body mass index and high cholesterol are the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The Heart Age Test is a digital online tool designed to help make sense of an individual’s risk of CVD, the implications of that risk and the behavioural changes needed to reduce that risk.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 02 October 2018
This article reviews the important and growing role of the NHS Health Check in tackling some of the challenges in prevention and treatment of CVD and other non-communicable diseases.
Category: Editorial
Friday, 19 May 2017
The NICE Quality Standard (QS) on the diagnosis and management of stable angina has been updated to reflect changes to the NICE guideline on chest pain of recent onset. Statement 1 of the QS was changed to encourage people with features of typical or atypical angina to be offered 64-slice CT coronary angiography to confirm any diagnosis.
Category: Have You Heard

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