News • 1-6-2011

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
News • 1-6-2011

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
News • 31-5-2011

EPCCS 2010 - Preventing Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation

Preventing Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation: How to assess patient risk and how to treat?

‘Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a perverse consequence of success’ said Professor Richard Hobbs (Birmingham, UK) in describing how an ageing population and improved survival from coronary heart disease is resulting in an increasingly large cohort of patients with AF. There is a five fold increased risk of stroke for patients with AF and they are also at risk of multiple strokes and more severe strokes. This has major implications for patients, their families and healthcare systems. Read more
News • 31-5-2011

EPCCS 2010 - Comorbidities in heart failure

Co-morbidities in heart failure and improving concordance with treatments

‘One in five patients with COPD has unrecognised heart failure and between one in five and one in ten patients with heart failure has COPD’, said Prof Arno Hoes (Utrecht, Netherlands) in describing the challenge of co-morbidities faced by GPs. The prognosis of patients with both heart failure and COPD is significantly worse than with either disease alone. Read more
News • 1-6-2011

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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News • 1-6-2011

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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News • 31-5-2011

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
News • 31-5-2011

EPCCS 2010 - HF- what's new in diagnosis?

What’s new in diagnosis: Is there a clear diagnostic pathway?

Heart failure can present with non-specific symptoms such as fatigue or reduced exercise tolerance. ‘Patients in primary care are more likely to be elderly with multiple comorbidities and gradual onset of symptoms is more common’, said Dr Frans Rutten (Utrecht, Netherlands). ‘Patients with acute onset breathlessness are more likely to present to the emergency department’. Read more
News • 11-5-2011

Prof Richard Hobbs, intro

Prof. Richard Hobbs
About the EPCCS, and why it is important to become a member

Chairman EPCCS
Chairman of EPCCS Scientific Organising Committee
Professor and Head of Primary Care Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK


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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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