Main biological function of HDL enhanced after 3 weeks of olive oil polyphenol consumption

30-7-2014 • Hernáez A et al., ATVB 2014
A study in healthy volunteers showed that consumption of high polyphenol content olive oil enhanced HDL biological function and biochemical properties. Read more

Screening for atrial fibrillation in stroke patients may be done by self-monitoring of pulse

29-7-2014 • Kallmünzer B et al., Neurology. 2014 Jul 23
The majority of stroke patients or their relatives can be trained in self-measurement of peripheral pulse, which can be an effective screening tool if combined with subsequent ECG. Read more

Lower CV risk in resistant hypertension with intensive lipid-lowering therapy

27-7-2014 • Bangalore S et al., Eur Heart J. 2014
In the TNT trial, atorvastatin 80 mg significantly decreased the risk of the primary outcome in patients with treatment-resistant hypertension, as compared with atorvastatin 10 mg. Read more

HDL-raising agents do not reduce CV morbidity and all-cause morbidity

21-7-2014 • Keene D et al., BMJ. 2014
A meta-analysis of studies evaluating niacin, fibrates and CETP inhibitors shows that none of these HDL-raising agents significantly affects mortality and CV morbidity. Read more

Not all forms of sitting are equally bad for you

13-7-2014 • Basterra-Gortari FJ et al., J Am Heart Assoc. 2014
Television watching, but not computer use and time driving, were associated with all-cause mortality in the SUN cohort of Spanish University Graduates. Read more

Improving health lifestyle in middle age pays off

7-7-2014 • Spring B et al., Circulation. 2014
Even after a person reaches young adulthood and independent of the health lifestyle at this stage, improving lifestyle can lower the odds of coronary atherosclerosis. Read more
Webcast • Amsterdam

​Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

Four European Primary Care experts, prof. Richard Hobbs, prof. David Fitzmaurice, Clare Taylor MD and Frans Rutten MD, summarise a fascinating discussion at the stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation expert meeting. Watch

Reassuring news on sport and health

28-7-2014 • Lee DC and Yankelson et al., J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014
Two publications in JACC report on sports: mortality benefits already start at only 5-10 min/day of running, and the risk of heat stroke during endurance sports outnumbers that of cardiac events. Read more

Consuming probiotics to lower blood pressure

23-7-2014 • Khalesi S et al., Hypertension. 2014
Meta-analysis shows that consumption of probiotics can yield a modest reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, thus probiotics may be used to improve BP control. Read more

Stress and adverse emotions linked to higher stroke or TIA risk

15-7-2014 • Everson-Rose SA et al., Stroke. 2014
Increased stroke/TIA risk seen with depressive symptoms, chronic stress or hostility, which could not be explained by traditional stroke risk factors, inflammatory markers or subclinical atherosclerosis. Read more
News • 13-7-2014

NICE draft guidance to use nalmefene in those dependent on alcohol

The draft guidance recommends that nalmefene should be prescribed alongside continuous psychosocial support, to help reduce alcohol consumption. Read more

Children with ADHD treated with psychostimulants have increased CV risk

2-7-2014 • Dalsgaard S et al., J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2014
Although CV events were rare, after stimulant treatment they were 1.8-fold more likely in the general population and 2.2-fold more likely in children and adolescents with ADHD. Read more

Upcoming meetings

EPCCS Annual meeting 2014 September 18-19, 2014, Brussels, Belgium
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Meeting reports & resources

EPCCS 2013 Report of 6th Annual EPCCS meeting held in London
EPCCS 2012 Report of 5th Annual EPCCS meeting held in Athens
EPCCS 2011 Report of 4th Annual EPCCS meeting held in Berlin
EPCCS 2010 Report of 3rd Annual EPCCS meeting held in Lisbon
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