Limited discriminative power ACC/AHA criteria in identifying very high-risk CVD patients

25-4-2017 • van den Berg MJ, Eur Heart J, 2017
Single very high-risk factors or simple criteria, such as the ACC/AHA very high-risk criteria, have limited discriminative power to identify patients at highest risk of recurrent MACE.  Read more

Prevention of acute decompensated HF by intensive BP-lowering

24-4-2017 • Upadhya B, et al, Circ Heart Fail.
In the SPRINT trial, targeting an SBP of <120 mmHg, as compared with <140 mmHg, significantly reduced the risk of developing ADHF by 36% in all predetermined subgroups.  Read more
News • 20-4-2017

Impression of the lively interactive EPCCS CV Summit in Dublin

EPCCS 2017 With 19 European countries represented, the EPCCS Cardiovascular Summit provided a great opportunity to exchange national experiences and challenges faced when managing hypertension, lipids, unhealthy behaviour, atrial fibrillation and heart failure in primary care. Read more
News • 19-4-2017

New digital instrument can help design personalised workout to prevent heart disease

The EXPERT tool specifies ideal exercise type, intensity, frequency, and duration needed to prevent a first or repeat cardiovascular event. Read more

Statin use in elderly: meta-analysis of JUPITER and HOPE-3

17-4-2017 • Ridker PM, et al, Circulation, 2017
A new meta-analysis provide insights in statin use for primary prevention of the elderly, however, it also leaves critical questions unanswered that are relevant for clinical practice. Read more

Doubled risk of acute MI in real world AF patients receiving DOACs or aspirin vs. VKA

11-4-2017 • Stolk LM et al., Br J Clin P harmacol 2017
Analysis of new users of rivaroxaban or dabigatran, aspirin and VKAs in CPRD reveals a two-fold increased risk of AMI in current users of DOAC or aspirin, as compared with VKA. Read more
News • 25-4-2017

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. Read more
News • 24-4-2017

LDL is causal factor in ASCVD - states EAS Consensus Panel

A Consensus Panel of the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) published a statement that shows that the total evidence on LDL-lowering fulfils the criteria for a causal role of LDL-c in atherosclerotic vascular disease. Read more

Lower risk of diabetes with regular consumption legumes

19-4-2017 • Becerra-Tomás N, et al, Clin nutr, 2017
In a Mediterranean population at high cardiovascular risk, the frequent consumption of legumes and particularly lentils, was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Read more

Lower achieved SBP and DBP associated with more CV events

18-4-2017 • Böhm M, et al, Lancet 2017
In high CV risk patients, lowering SBP to less than 130 mmHg or DBP to less than 75 mmHg, associates with increased rates for CV death, myocardial infarction and heart failure, but not stroke. Read more

Higher risk for any type of stroke in heart failure patients

12-4-2017 • Adelborg K, et al, Stroke 2017
In a large cohort study of 30 years, heart failure was associated with an increased risk of ischaemic stroke, intracerebral and subarachnoid haemorrhage, especially in the short term.  Read more

Physical activity important to lower CVD risk in overweight or obese individuals

6-4-2017 • Koolhaas CM, Eur J Prev Cardiol 2017
CVD risk in middle aged/older individuals with overweight and obesity was only increased in those with low physical activity levels, suggesting that regular physical activity reduce the CVD risk in these patients. Read more

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Meeting reports & resources

EPCCS Guidance Documents Evidence- and meeting-based guidance for primary care
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
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