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Editorial

Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains a national priority and primary care has a pivotal role in successfully addressing this urgent issue. This was the key message of Issues & Answers in Cardiovascular Disease 2015 conference, which participants and faculty said was the 'most successful' in the series to date.
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Thursday, 28 January 2016
The BSH’s 18th annual meeting included a number of exciting presentations from some of the leading experts in heart failure. The report includes an update on some of the key trials that reported during the year.
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Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Recent advances in next generation sequencing (NGS) have reduced costs and made genetic diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) quicker.  This article reviews some of the technological breakthroughs in DNA testing in FH and benefits to patients and clinicians. HEART UK - The Cholesterol Charity - has provided editorial support and review of this sponsored FH series.This article was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant by Sanofi, who had no control over content.
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Saturday, 28 November 2015
Electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, vaporisers and the various other names given to these new devices have become a phenomenon. Their popularity over the past few years has grown significantly, with an expansion of highstreet e-cigarette shops, marketing via the internet and social media, as well as traditional approaches using print advertisement and mass media campaigns. Despite their increasing usage largely by smokers and ex-smokers, e-cigarettes have divided opinion as to whether they can offer real benefits or they are potentially damaging to public health. While a recent Public Health England review concluded that e-cigarettes could be prescribed to help smokers to quit, the Welsh government plans to restrict their use in the same way as for conventional cigarettes. This paper will present some of the main issues that surround e-cigarettes and highlight the potential consequences good and bad that this new technology may bring.
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Saturday, 28 November 2015
This article provides an overview of gout, including its optimal treatment, links with cardiovascular disease and the value of European and UK guidelines.
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Therapeutic interventions in atrial fibrillation primarily aim at reducing symptoms and improving or maintaining patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL). As most studies in this area have focused on randomised trial populations with highly symptomatic patients, this large observational study aims to assess HRQoL in a typical UK general practice setting.
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has no benefit over optimising medical therapy (OMT) in the management of patients with chronic stable angina. Guidelines recommend an initial OMT approach; however, the use of medicines remains suboptimal. The aim of this study was to test whether a primary care clinical pharmacist service could enhance the management of patients with chronic stable angina.
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Friday, 30 October 2015
Heart failure (HF) is an important cause of morbidity, mortality and misery for patients. However, there are many ways to improve and extend the lives of people with HF, if clinicians are familiar with and apply the numerous traditional, less mainstream and more innovative evidence-based treatment options. This article reviews current best practice in the management of chronic HF and of acute decompensated HF, and considers recent insights, controversies and innovations in this important, fast moving field.
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