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Editorial

Saturday, 08 June 2013
Heart rate appears to be a marker for optimal medical therapy in heart failure, and a key determinant of hospitalisation. This study compared practices using the local enhanced service (LES) for heart failure against those not delivering the LES. Education and heart rate control seem to influence hospitalisation rates.
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Saturday, 08 June 2013
This article traces the history and development of glucagon-like peptide (GLP) mimetics, and their current clinical usage. They give optimal control of HbA1c, which protects against microvascular and macrovascular complications of diabetes. In addition, they are associated with minimal chance of hypoglycaemia, which is now believed to be more dangerous than previously thought.
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Saturday, 08 June 2013
Abnormal glucose metabolism in people admitted to hospital experiencing an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) strongly predicts development of type 2 diabetes and future cardiovascular events. This paper describes a prospective nine-month parallel design randomised intervention trial involving people admitted to the Wellington Regional Heart and Lung Unit with ACS and hyperglycaemia.
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Saturday, 08 June 2013
There is conclusive evidence that low testosterone is associated with erectile dysfunction (ED) and that ED is a strong marker for cardiovascular risk. There seems to be a link between testosterone level and mortality, and there are suggestions that testosterone replacement therapy may reduce mortality.
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Sunday, 17 March 2013
We undertook a survey to discover whether primary care health professionals felt willing and sufficiently skilled to commission cardiovascular services, and what their support needs might be. Although clinicians were confident in their clinical and communication skills, the vast majority of respondents felt unsure of their skills and knowledge to commission cardiovascular care and believed they would need specialist advice to help them. There was a strong desire for training, a feeling of exclusion and a plea for nurses to be involved.
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Sunday, 17 March 2013
We describe a patient with heart failure, diagnosed from clinical history and examination, and with a raised BNP. Despite treatment, her symptoms progressed. Echocardiography, performed after a six-month delay, showed a large mass. After excision of the mass, an atrial myxoma, the patient recovered rapidly and well.
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Sunday, 17 March 2013
The ECG is the most commonly performed cardiac investigation but incorrectly recorded ECGs may lead to misdiagnosis. In this study, questionnaires were used to assess the pre-training perceived and actual knowledge of correct ECG recording technique among 54 primary care staff. Training was then performed and, after training, many staff admitted that their previous practice had been incorrect some or all of the time and said that they would change their practice.
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Sunday, 17 March 2013
Although primary care consultations appear to represent an excellent opportunity to discuss a patient's weight status, GPs may be reluctant to do so. Excess weight can be an extremely sensitive issue and some terms (such as obese and fat) may provoke highly negative emotions. People who are overweight or obese say they would find unsolicited advice off-putting, but would also be more likely to try to lose weight if advised by a health professional than by family or friends.
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