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Wednesday, 06 December 2017
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is not significantly better than a placebo procedure in improving exercise capacity or symptoms even in patients with severe coronary stenosis, according to new UK research. The ORBITA study is the first double blind randomised controlled trial to directly compare stenting with placebo in patients with stable angina who are receiving high quality drug treatment.
Wednesday, 06 December 2017
A study suggests that high-risk patients are being under-prescribed statins whereas patients in low-risk categories are being overtreated. Researchers have shown that statins are usually prescribed without recording of the QRISK2 cardiovascular risk assessment score recommended by NICE. Even when a score is documented, the majority of high-risk patients do not receive statins
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017
GP practices have a central role in the prevention of stroke. This review assessed the adequacy of primary and secondary preventive interventions that were provided for patients who were on the stroke register between January 2009 to December 2012, in the six months before and after a stroke. Eight GP practices in a deprived locality of North London participated in the review.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Heart valve disease is an often neglected chronic condition that is found incidentally through investigation of other conditions, such as echocardiography of a patient with suspected heart failure. However, with the ageing population the prevalence of valve disease is likely to explode over the coming decades.
Category: Editorial
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Monday, 23 October 2017
This case study presents an everyday clinical situation for you to review with guidance from an expert in the field.
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Friday, 06 October 2017
New research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in September has shown for the first time that e-cigarettes with nicotine cause a stiffening of the arteries which is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in later life.
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Friday, 06 October 2017
A new NHS service to provide a non-surgical reversible weight loss device for people who have both poorly controlled type 2 diabetes and obesity is safe and effective and should be rolled out across the NHS, according to new research presented at the recent EASD annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Friday, 06 October 2017
A new UK study shows that 37.8% of people with type 2 diabetes do not take their medications as prescribed. Further analysis showed that people who stick to their prescribed treatments have a 10% lower risk of hospital visits and are 28% less likely to die than people who fail to take their medication.
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017
People who complain of myalgia caused by statins may be suffering from a genetic problem, according to a recent paper published in the European Heart Journal.
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017
Anti-inflammatory injections lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with previous myocardial infarction independently of lowering lipid levels, in a recent study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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