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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.

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