European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society

Various types of CVD events are differently affected by alcohol consumption

Apr. 16, 2018 - Wood AM et al., - The Lancet 2018

In a large prospective study, risk of all-cause mortality increases above 100 g alcohol per week, and positive associations with alcohol intake were seen mostly for stroke and HF, as opposed to MI.

Complication risk in diabetes can be predicted with new stratification

Mar. 7, 2018 - Ahlqvist E et al. - Lancet Diab Endocrinol 2018

In a data-driven cluster analysis of 6 variables in adult patients with newly diagnosed diabetes, 5 categories of patients were identified with different characteristics and risks of complications.

Patients on chronic CV therapies experience medication-related burden on daily life aspects

Feb. 27, 2018 - van der Laan DM et al. - Int J Clin Pharm 2018

Complex long-term medication for CV diseases adversely affects various aspects of every-day life of patients, irrespective of whether they adhere to their treatment regimens or not.

Stimulating health behaviour changes to reduce cardiovascular risk in primary care

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EPCCS Consensus Guidance for Primary Care
EPCCS Consensus Guidance for Primary Care

Lifestyle importantly contributes to preventable morbidity and mortality. This EPCCS guidance document outlines the presented evidence on ingredients of successful behaviour change strategies and motivational interviewing, as well as which CV risk behaviours and clinical outcomes may be improved with various types of strategies.

‘Metabolically healthy obese’ persons are still at higher CHD risk, thus not so healthy after all

Feb. 7, 2018 - Lassale C et al., - Eur Heart J, 2018

A large pan-European study shows that overweight and obesity are associated with higher risk of CHD, even if the person does not have metabolic syndrome.

Adherence to healthy diets also pays off in individuals at high genetic risk for obesity

Jan. 29, 2018 - Wang T et al. - BMJ 2018

Improving adherence to healthy dietary patterns could attenuate the association between genetic predisposition and BMI and weight increases, particularly in individuals at high genetic risk.

Gestational DM increases risk of T2DM, hypertension and IHD

Jan. 29, 2018 - Daly B et al., - PLoS Medicine, 2018

Population-based study shows that women with GDM are over 20 times more likely to develop T2DM and have an almost doubled risk of hypertension, and 2.8-fold higher risk of IHD, compared with control.

ASCVD event prevention achieved with guideline-recommended statin therapy varies greatly among different guidelines

Jan. 17, 2018 - Mortensen MB and Nordestgaard BG. - Ann Intern Med 2018

Statin eligibility differs substantially in the 5 major guidelines, and this impacts on the potential prevention of ASCVD events, which is a function of the number of eligible persons for statin therapy.

Disinformation provided by the anti-statin lobby should be fiercely counteracted to protect patients

Jan. 4, 2018 - news

Following a TV program on the French-German public network ARTE that denied the proven link between cholesterol levels and CVD, the potential effects of such disinformation are considered.

Primary care-based dietary and lifestyle intervention leads to remission of T2DM

Dec. 11, 2017 - Lean MEJ et al., The Lancet 2017

The randomised DIRECT trial evaluated a practical weight management program. On average, weigh reduced by 10 kg and almost half achieved and maintained remission of T2DM at 12 months after starting the intervention.

Main messages for primary care from the 2016 ESC Guidelines for Cardiovascular Prevention

Dec. 8, 2017 - news

A summary of the main messages for primary care from the guidelines for Cardiovascular Prevention in clinical practice, released in 2016 by the Sixth Joint Task Force (ESC and other societies).

Higher risk of vascular dementia, but not Alzheimer’s disease, in post-MI patients

Dec. 4, 2017 - Sundbøll J et al., Circulation 2017

Patients with a history of MI have a higher risk of vascular dementia, particularly if they additionally have a history of stroke, probably due to common risk factors for both diseases.