News • 11-5-2015

Public awareness about heart failure is too low considering that one in five persons may be affected

European Heart Failure Awareness Day aims to educate the public about the severity of heart failure and the need to prevent and recognise it. Read more

Digoxin treatment possibly harmful, particularly when used to treat atrial fibrillation

6-5-2015 • Vamos et al., Eur Heart J. 2015
Large meta-analysis indicates that digoxin treatment is associated with higher all-cause mortality risk in patients with atrial fibrillation and with congestive heart failure. Read more
News • 4-5-2015

Rheumatoid arthritis patients at increased risk of surprise heart attack

One quarter of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and no symptoms of heart disease show ischaemie or infarction, irrespective of rheumatoid arthritis disease activity and CV risk factors. Read more
News • 26-4-2015

Anticoagulant edoxaban receives positive CHMP opinion for management of atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism

CHMP recommends for direct inhibitor of factor Xa edoxaban to be granted marketing authorisation for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in AF and the prevention and treatment of VTE. Read more

Finnish men who eat more eggs have lower risk of incident type 2 diabetes

15-4-2015 • Virtanen J et al., Am J Clin Nutr 2015
Inverse relation seen of higher egg intake with fasting plasma glucose and serum CRP, not explained by cholesterol, suggesting that other nutrients in eggs play a role. Read more

Evidence from genetic study that diabetes has a causal role in CAD risk

1-4-2015 • Ross S et al., Eur Heart J 2015
Mendelian randomisation approach that adjusts for effect of diabetes-associated SNPs on other CV risk factors suggests that therapy targeting either β-cell function or insulin resistance may reduce CAD events. Read more
News • 10-5-2015

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

Type 2 diabetes incidence increases with higher intake of sugary drinks

4-5-2015 • O’Connor et al., Diabetologia 2015
Lowering consumption of sweet beverages such as soft drinks and sweetened-milk beverages and substitution with water and unsweetened tea or coffee may help lower the incidence of T2DM. Read more

Mortality benefit with PCSK9 inhibition for treatment of dyslipidaemia seen in meta-analysis

29-4-2015 • Navarese EP et al., Ann Intern Med 2015
Use of anti-PCSK9 monoclonal antibodies was associated with reduced odds of mortality and myocardial infarction and reduced atherogenic lipid fractions, without an increase in adverse events. Read more

What next-generation DNA sequencing can and cannot do in identifying CV conditions

20-4-2015 • Mogensen J et al., Eur Heart J 2015
A current opinion article discusses the advantages and challenges of use of new genetic screening methods in daily clinical practice and correct interpretation of NGS-generated data. Read more
News • 14-4-2015

Impact of industrially produced trans fatty acids on health discussed in European Parliament

European Parliament will discuss the impact of the most harmful type of dietary fat today, aiming at introduction of a regulation mandating an upper limit of industrially produced TFAs in food. Read more

Novel CV risk equation takes into account age and country-specific risk conditions

31-3-2015 • Hajifathalian K et al., Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2015

Using the Globorisk model suggests a substantially increased prevalence of people at high CV risk in low- and middle-income countries, as compared with high-income countries.

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EPCCS 8th Annual Scientific Meeting September 17-18, 2015 , Prague, Czech Republic
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EPCCS 2014 Report of 7th Annual EPCCS meeting held in Brussels.
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