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

Red yeast rice as dietary supplement may yield adverse events similar to statins

25-1-2017 • Mazzanti G et al., Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2017
Surveillance System of Natural Health Products suggests that over half of adverse events, including muscle related and serious reactions, after consumption of RYR had at least a probable causal association. 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

Interrupting sitting time can improve glucose and insulin metabolism in T2DM

30-1-2017 • Duvivier BM et al., Diabetologia. 2016
Breaking up sitting time by promoting time spent standing and light-intensity walking had a more pronounced beneficial effect on insulin resistance than an exercise regimen. Read more

Risk of VTE cannot be predicted by traditional CVD risk factors

24-1-2017 • Mahmoodi BK, et al, Circulation, 2017
An individual-level data meta-analysis of prospective studies assessed that except for smoking, traditional CVD risk factors were not associated with venous thromboembolism risk. Read more

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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.
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