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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.

Maintaining heart health

Risk factors for heart disease are wide ranging and cumulative. Nicky Kime outlines simple advice that can alter outcomes.

Gout and heart disease

Gout and serum uric acid levels independently predict total and cardiovascular mortality, according to a study of 15,773 people aged 20 years or older followed for approximately 10 years.

Managing erectile dysfunction

Men newly presenting with erectile dysfunction should be evaluated for cardiovascular and endocrine conditions, writes Ian Peate

Targeting high cholesterol level

Annette Dunne explores reducing high blood cholesterol, a modifiable risk factor for cardio- vascular disease, from a nutritional perspective

Managing pernicious anaemia

Dr Harry Brown provides insight into the basics of vitamin B12 metabolism to help explain pernicious anaemia, its diagnosis, and treatment

Supraventricular tachycardia

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) describes a regular narrow complex tachycardia (NCT) (usually > 100bpm) with a QRS duration of 120ms or less.? SVT is a relatively common arrhythmia affecting approximately 2-3 per cent of the population; it is usually p

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