European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society

Increased exercise capacity and well-being in some HF patients by ‘exergaming’

May 29, 2018 - news
Playing of video games that require rigorous physical exercise yielded significant effects on exercise capacity and well-being in some HF patients.

ESC HF 2018 Playing of video games that require rigorous physical exercise yielded significant effects on exercise capacity and well-being in some HF patients.

All-cause and CV mortality reduced by beta-blockers in non-diabetic and diabetic HF patients

May 29, 2018 - news
A large study on individual patient data shows that diabetic HF patients who are not obese have the highest mortality. Obesity attenuates the prognostic impact of beta-blockers.

ESC HF 2018 A large study on individual patient data shows that diabetic HF patients who are not obese have the highest mortality. Obesity attenuates the prognostic impact of beta-blockers.

GRAND DEBATE I Coronary revascularization in stable ischemic HF: drugs or interventions?

ESC Heart Failure 2018 - Vienna
ESC Heart Failure 2018 - Vienna

ESC HF 2018 In this first debate, John Cleland and Eric Velazquez discussed whether coronary revascularization is superior to optimal medical therapy in stable HF patients.

Decline of CV health scores and increase in CVD rates in the US

May 24, 2018 - Enserro DM, et al. - J Am Heart Assoc. 2018

CV health scores have decreased over the past 20 years, resulting in an increased risk of developing subclinical disease and incident CVD, as well as all-cause mortality.

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

Mar. 17, 2018 - EPCCS 2018, Barcelona, Spain - Dr. Monika Hollander, prof. Frank Visseren, dr. Jan Oltrogge
Despite the known efficacy of lipid-lowering therapy, in clinical reality still many patients remain at high risk, for instance due to statin intolerance. The panel discusses how to manage this, and also which risk assessment tools can be used in which patients, to guide treatment decisions.

EPCCS 2018 Despite the known efficacy of lipid-lowering therapy, in clinical reality still many patients remain at high risk, for instance due to statin intolerance. The panel discusses how to manage this, and also which risk assessment tools can be used in which patients, to guide treatment decisions.

Healthy diet and high cardiorespiratory fitness both needed to protect against CAC progression

May 16, 2018 - Gripeteg L et al. - Am J Cardiol 2018

Healthy food intake was associated with having no coronary artery calcium, and in combination with higher cardiorespiratory fitness, it was also associated with lower CAC levels.

Google searches and statin-intolerance

May 16, 2018 - news

A Google-driven nocebo effect may underlie statin intolerance, as countries with many websites on statin side-effects showed a higher prevalence of statin intolerance.

Mortality in HF predicted by simple malnutrition scores

May 16, 2018 - Sze S, et al. - J Am Coll Cardiol HF 2018

Moderate and severe malnutrition in HF patients, assessed with simple malnutrition scores, was associated with higher all-cause mortality.

Folic acid lowered stroke risk in hypertensive patients

May 16, 2018 - Kong X et al. - J Am Coll Cardiol 2018

Patients with hypertension with low platelet counts and high total homocysteine levels, which may promote platelet adherence, had the highest risk of first stroke, and this risk was reduced with folic acid treatment.

CIED function not affected by use or charging of electric car

May 8, 2018 - Lennerz C et al. - Ann Intern Med. 2018

Electric and magnetic fields generated during operation and charging of electric cars did not affect the function or programming of cardiac implantable electronic devices.

Stronger prediction of mortality by ambulatory BP than clinic BP

May 8, 2018 - Banegas JR, et al. - N Engl J Med 2018

24-hour, daytime, and nighttime ambulatory systolic blood pressure measurements were better predictors of all-cause and CV mortality compared with blood pressure measurements in the clinic.

New American guidelines result in more children with hypertension

May 7, 2018 - Sharma AK, et al. - JAMA Pediatr 2018

Based on the new blood pressure definitions for children, the estimated population prevalence of hypertension in individuals aged 5-18 years increased from 11.8% to 14.2%.