Shift work that interferes with preferred sleep timing may increase risk of type 2 diabetes

29-6-2015 • Vetter C et al., Diabetes Care 2015
Type of shift work affects the risk of type 2 diabetes, depending on whether someone is an early vs. late chronotype. When the preferred sleep timing is disrupted, risk of T2DM may increase. Read more

Fewer heart failure hospitalisations with statins as primary or secondary prevention

24-6-2015 • Preiss D et al., Eur Heart J 2015
In primary and secondary prevention trials, statins lowered risk of the composite of non-fatal hospitalisation and HF death by ~10%, mostly driven by a fewer non-fatal hospitalisations. Read more
News • 16-6-2015

Seeing your own calcified coronary arteries as a motivation to improve lifestyle

Patients with newly diagnosed coronary artery disease who looked at images of their own calcified coronary arteries were more likely to stop smoking, lose weight and take statins. Read more

Non-statin drug also lowers LDL-c and CV events, even below target LDL-c levels

8-6-2015 • Cannon et al., NEJM 2015
The IMPROVE-IT trial shows that lowering LDL-c with addition of the cholesterol absorption inhibitor ezetimibe to simvastatin further lowers CV events, in ACS patients with LDL-c levels within recommendations. Read more
News • 11-5-2015

Public awareness about heart failure is too low considering that one in five persons may be affected

European Heart Failure Awareness Day aims to educate the public about the severity of heart failure and the need to prevent and recognise it. Read more

Type 2 diabetes incidence increases with higher intake of sugary drinks

4-5-2015 • O’Connor et al., Diabetologia 2015
Lowering consumption of sweet beverages such as soft drinks and sweetened-milk beverages and substitution with water and unsweetened tea or coffee may help lower the incidence of T2DM. Read more
News • 25-6-2015

Consensus paper on arrhythmia management from a patient preference perspective

European and international experts reviewed the evidence on patient values and preferences in the management of cardiac tachyarrhythmias and advise on best practice. Read more

Physical activity can lower PCSK9 levels in 3 months time

24-6-2015 • Kamani et al., Eur J Clin Invest. 2015
Promoting to use the stairs instead of the elevator during 3 months lowered PCSK9 levels in a healthy population, implying that small lifestyle changes can improve PCSK9 levels. Read more
News • 15-6-2015

Sleep quality affects risk of heart attack and stroke

According to results from the WHO MONICA study, poor sleep should be considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease along with smoking, lack of exercise and poor diet. Read more
News • 24-5-2015

Heart failure patients with depression have five-fold increased mortality risk

Moderate to severe depression is strongly associated with death during the year following discharge after admission for exacerbation of heart failure, irrespective of the severity of heart failure or the presence of comorbidities. Read more

Digoxin treatment possibly harmful, particularly when used to treat atrial fibrillation

6-5-2015 • Vamos et al., Eur Heart J. 2015
Large meta-analysis indicates that digoxin treatment is associated with higher all-cause mortality risk in patients with atrial fibrillation and with congestive heart failure. Read more
News • 4-5-2015

Rheumatoid arthritis patients at increased risk of surprise heart attack

One quarter of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and no symptoms of heart disease show ischaemie or infarction, irrespective of rheumatoid arthritis disease activity and CV risk factors. Read more

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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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