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Monday, 07 July 2014
Patient satisfaction with treatment is a key component of the successful management of chronic conditions such as atrial fibrillation (AF). In the EUropean Patient Survey in Atrial Fibrillation (EUPS-AF) survey, UK patients reported the highest rates of satisfaction with their healthcare system and quality of care. However, only about half of UK patients reported receiving regular anticoagulation testing and about one third had never or rarely had a medication review. This survey provides important insights into the current provision of care that should be taken into account when designing and commissioning patient-centred AF services.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Acute heart failure–the rapid onset of symptoms and signs secondary to abnormal cardiac function–may occur as new-onset symptoms in a patient without previous known cardiac dysfunction or as acute decompensation of chronic heart failure. Both presentations are often life-threatening and require urgent treatment. Acute heart failure was therefore the ideal focus for the recent annual meeting of the British Society for Heart Failure, which took place in London in November 2013.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a rare disorder with a very high risk of premature cardiac death that must be diagnosed and treated from childhood onwards, usually with lifelong lipoprotein apheresis. Heterozygous FH is much commoner, with a high risk of cardiovascular disease in adults that can be prevented by early diagnosis and statin therapy. 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.
Category: Editorial
Friday, 28 February 2014
Remote monitoring is an emerging model of care in heart failure (HF) which has been shown to be clinically beneficial. In this study, patients were recruited to a new telemonitoring programme after referral to a community HF service. Following enrolment, there was a 58% reduction in the risk of HF admissions (0.71 vs. 0.30 per year, p
Category: Editorial
Monday, 10 February 2014
There have been significant advances in the management of coronary artery disease (CHD) in recent years; including in medical therapy, revascularisation, secondary prevention, cardiac rehabilitation and lifestyle interventions, which have resulted in improved prognosis and life expectancy. As a consequence, an increasing number of patients are living longer with CHD, the commonest clinical presentation of which is angina pectoris. In patients with stable angina, the focus of treatment has therefore shifted towards ensuring optimal symptom control and improving quality of life. Ranolazine is an antianginal approved for patients with stable angina, whose symptoms are inadequately controlled by - or they are intolerant of - first-line therapy.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Dr David Milne GPwSI in Cardiology
Category: Editorial
Monday, 09 December 2013
Translating today's knowledge into tomorrow's practice.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Alcohol Concern is the national charity on alcohol misuse for England and Wales, campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems.
Category: Editorial

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