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The novel anti-anginal drug, Ivabradine, shows surprising benefit in heart failure

February 16, 2011

A new agent that slows heart rate by inhibiting sodium-potassium channels found in the sino-atrial node of the heart appears to benefit heart failure patients when added on to current…

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Coffee consumption shows cardiovascular benefits for women

February 16, 2011

A meta-analysis of a number of cohorts studies published in the International Journal of Cardiology (2009;137:216-25) demonstrates that habitual coffee consumption may be associated with a lower risk of coronary…

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Latest NICE guidance on chronic heart failure

February 16, 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance on the management of chronic heart failure. This updates and replaces the previous guideline in this area…

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Cardiovascular risk increases after invasive dental treatment

February 16, 2011

A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Ann Int Med 2010;153:499-506) suggests that the risk of cardiovascular events increases sharply in the month following invasive dental treatment.…

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Lp(a) screening recommended by European Atherosclerosis Society

February 16, 2011

Patients at moderate to high risk of cardiovascular disease should be screened for elevated Lp(a) and take niacin to lower levels to under 50 mg/dL (1.3 mmol/L), according to a…

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Mediterranean diet reduces new-onset diabetes

February 16, 2011

Individuals at high cardiovascular risk but without diabetes who followed a Mediterranean diet had half the rate of new-onset diabetes over four years compared with those on a low-fat diet…

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Fruit and Vegetables linked to reduced heart disease risk

February 2, 2011

High Intake of Fruit and Vegetables Again Linked to Reduced Heart Disease Risk In the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Heart study, published online January 19, 2011 in…

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Calcium Supplements

October 6, 2010

Randomised studies suggest that calcium supplements without coadministered vitamin D are associated with an increased incidence of myocardial infarction. Dr Mark J Bolland and team carried out a meta-analysis of…

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