European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society

Risk of dementia increases with hypertension duration in mid-life

June 19, 2018 - Abell JG et al. - Eur Heart J 2018

Individuals with hypertension at mid-life, defined as SBP ≥130 mmHg at the age of 50, have an increased risk of dementia, which is proportional to the duration of the exposure to hypertension

No use of vitamin supplementation for CVD prevention, according to large meta-analysis

June 6, 2018 - Jenkins DJA et al., - J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018

No consistent benefit was seen of popular supplements (multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C) for the prevention of CVD, myocardial infarction or stroke, or on all-cause mortality.

Lipid lowering: the evidence, the guidelines, the clinical reality

EPCCS CV Summit 2018

Mar. 16, 2018 - EPCCS 2018, Barcelona, Spain - Professor Frank Visseren, Utrecht, The Netherlands
A recording of the lecture by Prof. Visseren, on practical issues of managing elevated lipids and statins: why do many patients not take their medication, and how can we improve this?

EPCCS 2018 A recording of the lecture by Prof. Visseren, on practical issues of managing elevated lipids and statins: why do many patients not take their medication, and how can we improve this?

CV benefit of long-term statin treatment far outweighs adverse effects, says EAS Consensus Panel

May 3, 2018 - Mach F et al., Eur Atheroscl Soc Consensus Panel - Eur Heart J, 2018

Based on objective and critical appraisal of the literature on potential adverse effects of statins, the EAS Consensus Panel concludes that statin treatment is remarkably safe.

New ESC Guidelines on diagnosis and management of syncope

Apr. 30, 2018 - news

A multidisciplinary ESC Task Force aimed to give as much practical advice as possible on the most appropriate management and therapy for each of the subtypes of syncope, although trial evidence is scarce.

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.