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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Intensive BP control in the elderly associated with decreased MACE but may increase risk of renal failure

In elderly hypertensive patients, intensive BP control decreased the risk of MACE, including CV mortality and HF, and increased the potential risk of renal failure. Read more
News • 3-2-2017

Reduced CV event risk with PCSK9 inhibitor in CV outcomes study

Evolocumab FOURIER CV outcomes study meets primary and key secondary endpoints, showing reduced risk of CV events in those with ASCVD already on optimised statin therapy. Read more

Depression and exhaustion as risk factor for CVD mortality

2-2-2017 • Ladwig KH, et al, Atherosclerosis, 2017
Depression and exhaustion predict lower life expectancy and higher CVD mortality risk with an effect size comparable to traditional major risk factors.  Read more

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.  Read more

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. Read more

Intervening on meal timing and frequency may be beneficial for cardiovascular disease prevention

7-2-2017 • St-Onge MP, et al, Circulation 2017
Irregular eating patterns appear less favourable for maintaining body weight and optimal cardiometabolic health. Read more
News • 4-2-2017

PCSK9 inhibitor non-inferior to placebo for effect on cognitive function

The evolocumab EBBINGHAUS trial showed that the antibody against PCSK9 is non-inferior to placebo for the effect on cognitive function. Read more
News • 2-2-2017

Less sodium consumption by 10% over 10 years cost effective in all nations

Sodium intake reduction of 10% over 10 years achieved by education, government and industry regulations was estimated to be most cost effective in all and extremely cost effective in nearly all of 183 nations evaluated. Read more

Risk ischemic heart disease Chinese adults reduced by drinking tea daily

1-2-2017 • Li X, et al, Heart, 2017
In a prospective cohort of ~0.5 million Chinese adults, daily tea consumption was associated with a decreased risk of ischaemic heart disease.  Read more

Upcoming meetings

Meeting reports & resources

EPCCS 2017 Report of the Cardiovascular Summit held in Dublin, Ireland
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.
All meeting reports...