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

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NICE draft guidance to use nalmefene in those dependent on alcohol

The draft guidance recommends that nalmefene should be prescribed alongside continuous psychosocial support, to help reduce alcohol consumption.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

Higher incident CHD and stroke in women with more stressful life events and social strain

29-6-2014 • Kershaw KN et al., J Am Heart Assoc. 2014
The Women’s Health Initiative observational study showed that these associations were explained by mediating behavioural and biological factors. Insights can help target stress management strategies. Read more

Mortality almost halved by quitting smokeless tobacco post-MI

25-6-2014 • Arefalk G et al., Circulation 2014
The benefit of quitting snus use after a myocardial infarction was similar to the undisputed benefit of smoking cessation. 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

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

Higher risk of CHD and diabetes associated with wide range of chronic inflammatory disorders

1-7-2014 • Dregan A et al., Circulation. 2014
Population-based study shows that diverse chronic inflammatory disorders were associated with an increased risk of at least two of the CHD, stroke and diabetes outcomes, possibly in a dose-responsive fashion. Read more
News • 28-6-2014

Sun bathing addictive?

Exposure to UV-light is addictive in mice, via synthesis of opioids in skin. Inaddition to it being an established carcinogen, addictive features of exposure to UV-light may contribute to the strong rise in skin cancer incidence in humans Read more
News • 22-6-2014

European approval for dabigatran for treatment of deep venous trombosis and pulmonary embolism

The European Commission approved dabigatran etexilate for treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and prevention of recurrent DVT and PE. 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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