Journal

A warfarin replacement finally delivers the goods in AF

February 22, 2011

A new oral drug that does not need monitoring showed benefits over warfarining patients with atrial fibrillation in the phase 3 RE-LY (Randomised Evaluation of Long-Term Anticoagulation Therapy) trial, suggesting…

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BMI and waist circumference can predict CVD risk

February 22, 2011

A new study has concluded that body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference, when accurately measured by trained staff, can actually predict the risk of fatal and non-fatal disease cardiovascular…

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Allopurinol prolongs exercise time in stable angina

February 22, 2011

Results from a study presented at the meeting by Dr A Norman, (University of Dundee) support the use of allopurinol as a novel anti-ischaemic agent in patients with angina pectoris.…

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Renal Artery Ablation is a novel treatment for severe hypertension

February 22, 2011

A novel, catheter-based technique is looking promising for the treatment of refractory hypertension. The autonomic nervous system is known to supply sympathetic nerve fibres to the kidneys. Hyperactivity of these…

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Heart rhythm problems often misdiagnosed as epilepsy

February 22, 2011

One in eight adult patients in the UK, previously thought to be suffering from epilepsy but in whom this diagnosis was in doubt, in fact had heart rhythm abnormalities commonly…

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No benefit of low doses omega-3 fatty acids in patients with previous heart attack

February 22, 2011

Low doses of omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce the overall rate of major cardiovascular events in patients who have had a previous myocardial infarction (MI) in the Alpha Omega…

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“Keyhole” valve surgery shows striking benefits in patients with aortic stenosis unsuitable for surgery

February 22, 2011

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVI) was associated with much better outcomes than standard care in patients with severe aortic disease unable to undergo surgery in the PARTNER trial. Aortic stenosis…

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A new anticoagulant prevents stroke in patients with AF

February 16, 2011

Another breakthrough in anticoagulation therapy appears to be on the horizon with the new oral factor Xa inhibitor, apixaban, having shown a clinically important reduction in stroke and systolic embolism…

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Playing active video games can be good for your heart

February 16, 2011

Playing active video games such as Wii sport and Wii fit can provide energy expenditures equal to moderate-intensity exercise, according to a new study, sponsored by Nintendo, the maker of…

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Crossing your legs is bad for your blood pressure

February 16, 2011

Crossing your leg over may not be good for your blood pressure! A team from Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, has shown, in a study of 25 subjects,…

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