CVD risk-associated inflammatory markers increased with smoking heaviness

14-12-2016 • King CC, Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol, 2017

Inflammatory markers urinary F2:Cr ratio, myeloperoxidase and WBC counts correlated with smoking heaviness. F2:Cr ratio and WBC reduced after cessation. 

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Young current smokers highest chance of experiencing an acute STEMI

7-12-2016 • Lloyd A, Heart, 2016
Compared to ex- or never-smokers, current smokers had a 3 times higher chance of acute STEMI, and this chance was even higher among the younger. Read more

In 30 seconds, GP stimulated obese individual to lose weight

23-11-2016 • Aveyard P Lancet 2016
A 30 seconds opportunistic intervention by physicians to motivate weight loss in unselected obese patients led to weight loss when combined with supportive systems. Read more
News • 27-10-2016

New ESC guidelines on atrial fibrillation, in collaboration with EACTS

The ESC, in collaboration with the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), published new guidelines on atrial fibrillation, which are also endorsed by the European Stroke Organisation (ESO). Read more

Physical exertion and anger or emotional upset often precede acute MI

24-10-2016 • Smyth A et al., Circulation 2016
Findings of INTERHEART study support the clinical practice of advising patients to minimise exposure to extremes of anger or emotional upset or vigorous physical exertion. Read more
News • 19-10-2016

AHA Scientific Statement gives guidance on how to limit drug-drug-interactions with statins

Clinically significant drug-drug-interactions with statins and other medications given to treat CVD may be prevented. This document gives recommendations on how to minimise adverse effects. Read more

Risk of CAD in individuals with genetic risk can be reduced with healthy lifestyle

8-12-2016 • Khera AV, et al, NEJM, 2016
A healthy lifestyle contributed to a substantial risk reduction of CAD in people with low, intermediate or high genetic risk for CAD. Read more

All-cause and CVD mortality reduced with certain sports

7-12-2016 • Oja P, et al, Br J Sports Med, 2016
Motivate individuals to participate certain sports, as swimming, racquet sports and aerobics reduced all-cause and CVD mortality and also cycling reduced all-cause mortality.  Read more

Smokers and never-smokers show only modest differences in cardiovascular risk factors

1-11-2016 • Keto J, et al, Open heart, 2016
Differences in lipid profile, blood pressure and CVD risk score between smokers and never-smokers at the age of 46, were too small to result in clinical impact, but there was also hardly difference between former- and never-smokers  Read more
News • 25-10-2016

New ESC/EAS dyslipidaemia guidelines

The updated dyslipidaemia guidelines based on the latest evidence still recommend treatment targets, but lowering lipids beyond the goals may be appropriate in very high risk patients. Read more

No arrhythmias triggered in heart failure patients upon caffeine intake

20-10-2016 • Zuchinali P, et al, JAMA, 2016
The acute ingestion of high doses of caffeine in 51 HF patients did not induce arrhythmias neither at rest, nor during exercise.  Read more

CV morbidity and mortality enhanced with higher pulse pressure

18-10-2016 • McEvoy JW, et al, JACC, 2016
Particularly when DBP was <60 mmHg and SBP above 120 mmHg, patients had higher troponin levels, more frequent CHD events and mortality. 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.
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EPCCS 2013 Report of 6th Annual EPCCS meeting held in London
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