News • 1-6-2011

EPCCS 2010 - Target HDL/TGs in diabetes

Should HDL and TGs be targeted in diabetes?

‘There is a high incidence of dyslipidaemia in the diabetic population’ Dr Peter Lansberg (Amsterdam, Netherlands) reminded delegates. The MR FIT study showed cholesterol levels were directly proportional to CVD mortality in male patients with diabetes. Low levels of HDL and high levels of triglycerides and LDL is a pattern commonly seen in diabetic patients. Lipids levels appear to have an increased effect on CVD mortality in diabetic compared to non-diabetic patients. Read more
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EPCCS 2010 - CVD in Europe

CVD in Europe: How do I assess risk and what’s new?

Mortality from ischaemic heart disease has fallen over the past two decades but remains the leading cause of death across Europe. The risk equations in common use such as Framingham are based on data from the 1980s. Many risk equations can under or over predict the risk of cardiovascular disease in some subgroups. Read more
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EPCCS 2010 - Embolism

Venous Thromboembolism and Pulmonary Embolism: The Forgotten High Risk Disease

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a major cause of death which can be forgotten by many clinicians. ‘We are not good at diagnosing VTE before or after death’, said Professor David Fitzmaurice (Birmingham, UK). The risks of VTE are also not well known to patients except in relation to air travel. VTE is the leading cause of cardiovascular mortality after coronary heart disease and stroke. Read more
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EPCCS 2010 - Workshop sessions

Workshop Sessions

Conference delegates were invited to attend parallel workshop sessions which included:
1. How to read an ECG after a 30 minute workshop.
2. How to assess vascular risk and use CV risk calculators.
3. How to measure ankle-brachial pressure index.
4. Clinical care studies decision analysis.
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News • 31-5-2011

EPCCS 2010 report - Introduction

European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society
Third Annual Scientific Meeting
September 23-24 2010, Lisbon, Portugal
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News • 31-5-2011

EPCCS 2010 - Arrhythmias

Arrhythmias – Which are important and what can you do?

Arrhythmias can be difficult to diagnose in primary care. Dr Frans Rutten (Utrecht, Netherlands) suggested the reasons why GPs find it challenging to manage arrhythmias could be due to the uncertain predictive value of symptoms, the paroxysmal nature of arrhythmias and that an ECG taken at the time of the arrhythmia and accurate interpretation is required for diagnosis. Read more
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EPCCS 2010 - Newer agents in diabetes

What role do newer agents have in diabetes in the community?

Dr Munro followed on from his first talk about glycaemic and blood pressure targets in diabetes by highlighting the risks associated with obesity and diabetes beyond cardiovascular disease. Read more
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EPCCS 2010 - Abstract Presentations

Freestanding abstract presentations from EPCCS members

The conference welcomed abstract presentations from EPCCS members for the first time. Read more
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EPCCS 2010 - ESC guidelines

Update on the ESC Guidelines: What are the headline recommendations?

Speakers had six minutes each to highlight the key messages in recent ESC guidelines.
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EPCCS 2010 - Closing session

Closing session

Professor Arno Hoes thanked delegates for their attendance and enthusiastic participation in the third annual EPCCS Cardiovascular Disease Clinical Master Class. The number of delegates attending the meeting has grown year on year. The quality of the speakers has also been exceptionally high. The next scientific meeting will be held in Berlin, Germany on 1-2 September 2011.
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News • 31-5-2011

EPCCS 2010 - What's new in hypertension?

What’s new in Hypertension?

Hypertension is not a boring subject…high blood pressure remains a common cause of morbidity and mortality across Europe due to stroke, heart failure and renal disease’, said Dr Thierry Christiaens (Gent, Belgium). He went on to highlight recent advances in hypertension research such as self-monitoring, non-drug treatment and randomised controlled trials which had looking at drug combinations and the effect of tighter blood pressure control.

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EPCCS 2010 - Transient Ischaemic Attacks

Transient Ischaemic Attacks: How to diagnose and what to do?

Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is a sudden focal neurological deficit that lasts less than 24 hours. It requires acute assessment and if the symptoms and signs have not fully resolved at the time of consultation, the patient should be treated as if they are having a stroke. 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.
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