Eating more fruit and vegetables associated with less peripheral artery disease

29-5-2017 • Heffron SP et al., ATVB 2017
In a large community-based study, there was an inverse association between F&V consumption and prevalent PAD, suggesting that the increase of F&V consumption may contribute to PAD prevention. Read more

Statins not beneficial for primary prevention in the elderly

24-5-2017 • Han BH, et al, JAMA intern med, 2017
In a secondary analysis of the ALLHAT-LLT trial, mortality and coronary heart disease events were not lower with pravastatin compared to usual care for primary prevention in the elderly.  Read more

Mendelian randomisation shows causal relation adiposity with CHD and T2DM

18-5-2017 • Dale C, et al, Circulation, 2017
Mendelian analysis confirms a causal relationship of both central and general adiposity with the risk of CHD and T2DM, whereas central adiposity was stronger linked to ischemic stroke.  Read more

Guideline adherence physician improves heart failure outcomes

16-5-2017 • Komajda M, Eur J Heart Fail 2017
Good adherence to treatment guidelines, in particular prescription of appropriate classes and doses of medications for heart failure, is associated with improved clinical outcomes.  Read more

Long-term gluten consumption does not affect CHD risk in non-coeliac population

15-5-2017 • Lebwohl B et al. BMJ 2017
In a large study, based on 4-yearly questionnaires during at least 20 years, gluten intake did not significantly affect the risk of CHD, but avoidance may increase the risk via reduced whole grain intake. Read more

Significance and recommendations AF-screening

10-5-2017 • Freedman B, et al, Circulation, 2017
Expert members of AF-SCREEN propose systematic or opportunistic screening approaches for AF based on known published data, to reduce the number of strokes and death.  Read more
News • 28-5-2017

EPCCS Practical Guidance on Heart Failure Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care

Based on the Heart Failure session and discussion during the 8th EPCCS Annual Meeting in Prague, this guidance document was written to help physicians diagnose and manage heart failure in their primary care practice. Read more

Lean body mass only anthropometric risk factor for atrial fibrillation

23-5-2017 • Fenger-Grøn M, et al, JACC 2017
Compared to 8 other anthropometric risk factors, lean body mass was the predominant and independent anthropometric driver for AF risk. Read more

FORTA classifies all DOACs and warfarin as beneficial for older AF patients

17-5-2017 • Wehling M, et al, Drugs & Aging 2017
Based on FORTA classification, all DOACs and warfarin were classified as beneficial or very beneficial for older AF patients, while there was lack of evidence for other vitamin K antagonists. Read more

Training GPs to treat screen-detected diabetes intensively also benefitted normoglycemic individuals

15-5-2017 • Simmons RK, Diabetologia, 2017
In the ADDITION-Denmark trial, a spillover effect was observed from intensive treatment of screen-detected diabetes with normoglycemic levels on biochemical testing. Read more

Stroke subtypes show different risk factors that depend on age

13-5-2017 • Hauer AJ et al., JAHA 2017
Various stroke subtypes have different risk profiles particularly in younger individuals, supporting a more tailored primary and secondary stroke prevention strategy in younger patients. Read more

Statin-related adverse events only observed in unblinded and not in blinded trials; a nocebo effect?

9-5-2017 • Gupta A, The Lancet, 2017
In the ASCOT-LLA trial, adverse events, such as muscle pain, were more common with atorvastatin treatment in the unblinded phase, but not in de blinded phase of the trial.  Read more

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Meeting reports & resources

EPCCS 2017 Report of the Cardiovascular Summit held in Dublin, Ireland
EPCCS Guidance Documents Evidence- and meeting-based guidance for primary care
EPCCS 2015 Report of 8th Annual EPCCS meeting held in Prague.
EPCCS 2014 Report of 7th Annual EPCCS meeting held in Brussels.
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