Physical activity and BMI show dose-response association with risk of heart failure
13-3-2017 • Pandey A J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017
In a pooled analysis of individual-level data from 3 prospective studies, a dose–response association between physical activity, BMI, and risk of HF was observed, particularly in HFpEF patients.
More arterial stiffness in heavy alcohol consumers
2-3-2017 • O’Neill D, et al, JAHA, 2017
Using alcohol consumption data of 25 years, it was found that especially male heavy drinkers have increased arterial stiffness, and over time, pulse wave velocity of non-drinkers increased most.
E-cigarette use may not be harmless
1-3-2017 • Moheimani RS, et al, JAMA Cardiol, 2017
Habitual e-cigarette use was associated with a shift in cardiac autonomic balance toward sympathetic predominance and increased oxidative stress, both associated with increased CV risk.
Reduced doses NOAC show similar efficacy and bleeding risk but possibly higher mortality risk
20-2-2017 • Nielsen PB et al., BMJ. 2017
Real-world data show lower dose NOACs associated with similar risk of thromboembolic events and similar or lower rates of bleeding as compared with warfarin in AF, but mortality risk seems higher with NOACs.
Functions of HDL particles better with Mediterranean diet
16-2-2017 • Hernáez Á, et al.
In a subgroup of PREDIMED study patients it was shown that a Mediterranean diet, especially the one enriched with olive oil, improved biological functions of HDL particles.
Severely elevated blood pressure predicts cognitive impairment
13-2-2017 • Muela HCS et al., JAHA 2017
New data show that cognitive impairment is more frequent in patients with more severe hypertension and that this severity is a good predictor for cognitive impairment.
News • 12-3-2017
EPCCS Practical Guidance on Heart Failure Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care
Based on the Heart Failure session and discussion during the 8th EPCCS Annual Meeting in Prague, this guidance document was written to help physicians diagnose and manage heart failure in their primary care practice.
Preterm delivery associated to maternal CVD risk
1-3-2017 • Tanz LJ, et al, Circulation, 2017
Preterm delivery is independently predictive of CVD which is only partially explained by postpartum development of traditional CVD risk factors.
57% decrease in ischaemic stroke incidence by changing risk factors
21-2-2017 • Vangen-Lønne AM, et al, Stroke, 2017
In an analysis from data between 1995 to 2012, changes in risk factors accounted for 57% of the decreased IS incidence and most important contributors were decline in SBP and prevalence of smoking.
Strict BP control did not improve or worsen gait speed in elderly SPRINT participants
20-2-2017 • Gilstrap LG et al., J Am Heart Assoc. 2017
No differences in gait speed decline or mobility limitations were seen in individuals of 75 years and older were seen between those receiving intensive BP-lowering therapy vs. standard therapy.
Healthy relatives of CAD patients have high coronary plaque burden
15-2-2017 • Christiansen MK et al. JACC Cardiol Img 2017
CT angiograms in 88 healthy relatives of patients with CAD onset before the age of 40, displayed high plaque burden and more unfavourable plaque features compared to controls.
Cholesterol levels in midlife predict Alzheimer disease with ASCVD
8-2-2017 • Rantanen K et al. Ann Med. 2017
After 49 years follow-up, the HBS study found that high cholesterol levels predict Alzheimer disease with atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASCVD), but not without ASCVD or with vascular dementia.
9th EPCCS Annual CV Summit for Primary care
March 30-31, 2017, Dublin, Ireland
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