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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are the “safest and most effective” way to identify high risk patients with cardiac chest pain, according to UK researchers.
Is a pint of beer a day good for the heart?Subscription
“Pint of beer a day could protect you from heart attacks,” The Independent reports. A new review on the alleged protective effects of moderate beer drinking has been warmly welcomed by the UK media – but nobody reported that it was funded by an Italian beer trade association.
A software error could have resulted in thousands of patients being miss-prescribed statins in primary care settings.
“Thousands of heart victims killed by poor care,” claims the Daily Mail.
The safety of a controversial clot-busting drug has been investigated by researchers, who have shown a modified dosage can reduce serious bleeding in the brain and improve survival rates.
Thousands of deaths could have been avoided if NHS hospitals had followed aftercare guidelines outlining when to give treatment after a myocardial infarction, a study has claimed.
A smartphone app that tracks palpitations in heart patients provides comparable performance to the 14-day event monitors that are the current standard of care, according to US researchers.
Final draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended two new treatment options for patients with cholesterol conditions that up cardiovascular risk.
No heart benefit from pre- and post-op statinsSubscription
Short-term treatment with statins before and after heart surgery does more harm than good, suggests major new research that casts doubt on current guidance.
Hypertension - second editonSubscription
I would recommend this book for any health care professional or student that is going to come across patients with hypertension in their place of work.