News • 21-8-2014

Prof. dr. Freek Verheugt: “Role of aspirin in cancer mortality far from clear”

Prof. dr. F.W.A. Verheugt (Amsterdam) responds to an article in Ann Oncol of this week about the effect of prophylactic aspirin use with regard to cancer and CVD events. Read more
News • 19-8-2014

A more nuanced view from the clinic on the critical BMJ publications about dabigatran

Dr. Michiel Coppens (vascular medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, NL) shares his views on the critical publications in BMJ about the safety of using dabigatran. Read more

Relationship between sodium intake and CV diseases more complex than previously thought

18-8-2014 • Mente et al., NEJM 2014
Three studies published in the NEJM examine the relationships between sodium or potassium intake and blood pressure and CV outcomes and find that current recommendations may not be adequate. Read more
News • 11-8-2014

Net benefit for cancer and CVD of long-term aspirin use as primary prevention

Prophylactic aspirin use for at least 5 years at doses between 75 and 325 mg/day seems to have a favourable benefit-harm profile, with regard to cancer and CVD events. Read more

Perceived treatment burden is important factor determining net benefit of lowering HbA1c

7-8-2014 • Vijan S et al., JAMA Intern Med. 2014
If moderate control of HbA1c level (9%) is achieved, a patient’s view of treatment burden is the most important factor determining the net benefit of glucose-lowering treatment. Read more

Visiting a known physician improves outcomes of HF patients after ED discharge

5-8-2014 • Sidhu RS et al., JACC Heart Fail. 2014
Follow-up with a familiar physician was associated with a lower risk of death or hospitalisation, as compared with HF patients who see different or no physicians after treatment and release from ED. 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
News • 18-8-2014

BMJ criticises safety and use of dabigatran

British Medical Journal writes that information has been withheld about the importance of monitoring plasma levels of dabigatran. We summarise the critic and the producer's response. Read more
News • 13-8-2014

CVD risk in diabetes type 1 does not equal CVD risk in diabetes type 2

AHA and ADA reviewed current insights into differences in pathophysiology between T1DM and T2DM, and call for more research into the mechanism of CVD risk in T1DM. Read more
News • 9-8-2014

AHA/ASA: patients should be informed of link between neck manipulation and cervical dissection

Although a causal relation has not been shown, patients should be informed about the statistical association between cervical manipulative therapy and cervical dissection. Read more

Targeting LDL particle numbers may give better clinical outcome than targeting LDL-c levels

5-8-2014 • Toth et al., Atherosclerosis. 2014
Increases of LDL-P levels are associated with higher risk of CHD events, after accounting for LDL-c levels and patients in whom LDL-P was measured, received more potent statin therapy. Read more
News • 4-8-2014

European approval of apixaban for treatment and prevention of recurrent DVT and PE

The efficacy and safety of apixaban in the treatment of recurrent VTE/VTE-related death had been demonstrated in clinical trials AMPLIFY and AMPLIFY-NXT. Read more

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EPCCS Annual meeting 2014 September 18-19, 2014, Brussels, Belgium
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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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