No evidence for superiority of gliclazide over other sulphonylureas in reducing hypoglycaemia in general practice

18-7-2016 • van Dalem J et al., BMJ. 2016
In GPRD data, current use of sulphonylureas only (with active or inactive metabolites) was associated with an increased risk of hypoglycaemic events, as compared with current use of metformin. Read more

Whole grain consumption associated with lower mortality risk

7-7-2016 • Zong G et al., Circulation 2016
In a meta-analysis of 786,076 individuals, the consumption of whole grain products was inversely and significantly associated with mortality, especially CVD mortality, in a dose-response manner. Read more

Visit-to-visit variability in blood pressure associated with cognitive decline

4-7-2016 • Qin B et al., Hypertension 2016
In contrast to mean values, the variability in SBP and DBP between visits was associated with cognitive and verbal decline. Read more

Many AF patients inappropriately on aspirin monotherapy rather than on anticoagulation

1-7-2016 • Hsu JH et al., J Am Coll Cardiol 2016
Approximately one third of AF outpatients at moderate to high risk for stroke treated by a cardiovascular specialist, received aspirin monotherapy, in spite of the lack of data supporting this practice. Read more
News • 28-6-2016

EPCCS signed Mexico Declaration on Circulatory Health

Among many other co-signers, Prof. Richard Hobbs, as chairmain of EPCCS, signed the Mexico Declaration on Circulatory Health, which was published as a letter on the Times online, as an international call to action to tackle one of the most pressing health issues of our time. Read more

Soft drinks increase the risk for coronary atherosclerosis

27-6-2016 • Chun S et al., Am Heart J 2016
In Korean people, higher sugar-sweetened carbonated beverage consumption was associated with asymptomatic coronary atherosclerosis as measured by coronary artery calcium. Read more
News • 16-7-2016

EPCCS consensus guidance on stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (SPAF) in primary care

General practitioners representing various European countries discussed recent developments in the SPAF field, and specific implications for primary care in an expert meeting. This meeting resulted in a practical guidance for European GPs. Read more

New heart failure type-specific risk prediction models

5-7-2016 • Ho JE et al., Circ Heart Fail. 2016
Separate risk prediction models for heart failure with preserved and reduced ejection fraction were developed and validated that may facilitate targeted treatment strategies in the future. Read more

More people quit taking statins soon after media debates on their side-effects

4-7-2016 • Matthews A et al., BMJ 2016
In the 6 months following an intense media coverage of adverse effects of statins, more patients discontinued statin therapy, prescribed as primary or secondary prevention in UK primary care. Read more

Using 5 or more drugs concomitantly increases risk for comorbidity and complications in AF

29-6-2016 • Jaspers Focks J et al., BMJ 2016
In the ARISTOTLE trial population, polypharmacy was common and associated with higher comorbidity, mortality, and higher event rates of thromboembolic complications and major bleeding. Read more
News • 28-6-2016

EPCCS well represented at WONCA congress

Representatives of the EPCCS board organised three well-attended sessions at WONCA Europe 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark, covering topics ranging from heart failure to the pros and cons of statins. Read more

Electronic cigarette smoking exerts unfavourable effect just like tobacco cigarette smoking

21-6-2016 • Vlachopoulos C et al. JACC 2016
Research letter shows that smoking of an electronic cigarette affects BP and aortic stiffness to a similar extent as does tobacco cigarette smoking. Read more

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Meeting reports & resources

EPCCS 2015 Report of 8th Annual EPCCS meeting held in Prague.
EPCCS 2014 Report of 7th Annual EPCCS meeting held in Brussels.
EPCCS 2013 Report of 6th Annual EPCCS meeting held in London
EPCCS 2012 Report of 5th Annual EPCCS meeting held in Athens
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