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Beginning statin therapy

With correct assessment, statins are effective preventors of cardiovascular disease, writes Dr Suneeta Kochhar

Benefits of post-Myocardial Infarction adherence

Poor adherence to certain cardioprotective drugs – including aspirin and statins – 'is associated with a marked risk increase in all-cause mortality' among people who survived acute myocardial infarction, according to a study that enrolled 4655 patients with a mean age of 66.3 years.

Statin prescribing and diabetes

A recent guideline underlines the importance of statins in preventing cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes, explains David Morris.

COPD increases sudden cardiac death risk

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with approximately 30% increase in the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), according to a Dutch study that enrolled 13,471 people aged at least 45 years.

Sex and drugs and CVD

Some commonly prescribed drugs influence sexual activity, according to a survey of 224 people with cardiovascular disease published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practioners.

Easy screen for CVD risk in mentally ill

Patients with psychiatric disorders are especially likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD), which seems to be the main reason underlying their shorter life expectancy of between 15 and 20 years.

Loss of smell predicts death

Being unable to identify scents predicts the risk of dying in the next five years more strongly than heart failure, cancer or lung disease, new research shows.

PMR-CVD link

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) - which causes pain, stiffness and inflammation in muscles in the shoulders, neck and hips - affects 2.4% of women and 1.7% of men. About one-in-five PMR patients develop giant cell arteritis (also called temporal arteritis), which can cause inflammation in arteries supplying the head or neck. Now research has suggested that PMR increases cardiovascular risk, especially among younger patients.

Depression and MI

Over the years, a growing body of evidence has suggested that depression and anxiety increased the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, the nature of the relationship between heart attacks and mental state remains controversial. Now research suggests that the two conditions might share an underlying cause: inflammation.

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