News • 25-4-2016

Smoking cessation agent neuropsychiatrically safe and with higher quit rates

In the EAGLES study, varenicline did not give more neuropsychiatric adverse events and had higher quit rates than buproprion, nicotine patch or placebo. Read more
News • 19-4-2016

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

Prediction model developed to identify young individuals eligible for FH screening

14-4-2016 • Besseling J et al., Eur Heart J Lipids 2016
A new web-based prediction model might add value for the selection of individuals eligible for DNA analysis for an FH mutation, particularly at young age. Read more
News • 13-4-2016 • 4 - 15 July 2016, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Quality Management in Training and Patient Care in General Practice covers the essentials you need to know about the development and assessment of high quality health care in general practice and the training of competent primary care doctors. Read more

Morning home BP measurement better predicts CAD events than clinic BP

12-4-2016 • Kario K et al., J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016
Morning home BP measurements were strong predictors of both CAD risk and stroke in HONEST study. Clinic SBP and evening SBP may underestimate risk, as well as diastolic BP in either setting. Read more

Response to statin therapy is directly related to CVD incidence

30-3-2016 • Ridker PM, et al. Eur Heart J 2016
The magnitude of the percentages reduction in LDL-C, non-HDL-C, and apoB following statin therapy is highly variable between individuals, and is directly related to the reduction in CV risk. Read more

Dancing good element of cardiac rehabilitation programme by improving lower limb function

20-4-2016 • Vordos Z et al., Eur J CV Nurs 2016
The implementation of a CRP using Greek traditional dances as exercise training in elderly CHF patients was safe and effective at improving lower limb function. Read more
E-Learning •

Identifying and treating patients with true hypertension

Richard McManus (Oxford, UK) and Monika Hollander (Utrecht, The Netherlands) discuss which blood pressure measurement method is best to identify true hypertension in primary care and how this should be treated. Read more

At any LDL-c level, FH mutation increases CAD risk as compared with non-carriers

13-4-2016 • Khera AV et al., JACC 2016
For any given observed LDL-C level, FH mutation carriers are at substantially increased risk for CAD compared with non-carriers. Read more

Addition of ezetimibe to statin therapy does not affect glucose metabolism

12-4-2016 • Barkas F et al., J Clin Lipid 2016
High-intensity statin treatment in prediabetics is associated with an increased risk of incident diabetes but the addition of ezetimibe to statin had a neutral effect on glucose metabolism. Read more

Substantial variability in response to statin treatment

6-4-2016 • Karlson BW, et al. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Pharmacother
There is considerable individual variation in LDL-C reduction at all doses of simvastatin, atorvastatin and rosuvastatin, which is important to consider in daily clinical practice. Read more
News • 29-3-2016

Chest pain reported by men and women with suspected heart disease, but formulated differently

Gender analyses of the PROMISE trial showed that chest pain and shortness of breath were the main symptoms in both men and women in suspected stable CAD, but the description of chest pain differs between the sexes. Read more

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EPCCS 9th Annual Scientific Meeting September 22-23, 2016, Dublin, Ireland
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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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