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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
In 2014, the Five-Year Forward View articulated clearly that, if the NHS is to be sustainable, it needs to get serious about prevention. The initial focus was on diabetes prevention; now the national prevention focus has switched to prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains a significant cause of disability and death in the UK, and it is one of the conditions most strongly associated with health inequalities. We can help reduce the CVD burden by reminding our patients of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
A review of guidelines on the use of statins for primary prevention suggest that US, Canadian and UK guidelines, which recommend lower thresholds for people to receive statins, are more effective than European recommendations.
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) has recently published new guidelines on bariatric surgery and ongoing management, with recommendations for an increased role for primary care in follow-up.
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is an important marker of subclinical cardiovascular disease, according to a new study from the US. A systematic review and meta-analysis of 28 studies, was designed to assess whether ED could be a simple and effective CV disease risk stratification tool.
Monday, 22 January 2018
Ischaemic or coronary heart disease is the single leading cause of death in any Western population but more critically is one of the leading causes of premature deaths (i.e. deaths 75 years) in both men and women. There are numerous risk factors for ischaemic heart disease and understanding these and other comorbidities is critical to achieving optimal outcomes.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 15 January 2018
We all know that diabetes prevalence is increasing. It is estimated that by 2025, 5 million people will have Type 2 diabetes in the UK (Diabetes UK). That potentially means more pressure on an already creaking healthcare system and more people at risk of developing debilitating complications from their diabetes. It doesn’t have to be that way!
Category: Editorial
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
An 18-year UK study in more than 24,000 subjects shows the benefits of exercise in elderly patients. The EPIC Norfolk prospective population study showed that any physical activity in the elderly is better than none at all for reducing cardiovascular risk.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Between 2002 and 2014, the number of new cases of heart failure in the UK increased by 12% – from 170,727 to 190,798 cases, according to the most comprehensive review of heart failure statistics in the UK. The number of new heart failure cases in 2014 was similar to the combined number of new cases of breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer (189,136 cases in 2014).
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Misdiagnosis of diabetes subtypes is putting the health of people at risk to a new UK study. Researchers examined the primary care records of more than 2 million people, assessing the frequency of different types of diabetes and the accuracy of diagnosis. Particular focus was given to those who developed Type 3c diabetes.
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