Atrial fibrillation linked to wider range of serious conditions

September 12, 2016

Source: British Heart Foundation news

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Date of publication: September 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation is associated with a wide range of serious events, including heart attacks, heart failure, chronic kidney disease, and sudden cardiac death, according to new research.

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common abnormal heart rhythms and a major cause of stroke. However, the study, from the University of Oxford and MIT in the USA published in The BMJ, suggests that the risk associated with many of these other conditions and events is greater than that of stroke.

As a result of their findings, the researchers are calling for new treatments and approaches to reduce the risk of non-stroke events in people with AF.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:    British Heart Foundation news

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Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020

September 12, 2016

Source: UK Health Forum

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The World Health Organization have published an action plan which provides a road map and a menu of policy options for all Member States and other stakeholders, to take coordinated and coherent action, at all levels, local to global, to attain the nine voluntary global targets, including that of a 25% relative reduction in premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases by 2025.

Length of publication: 55 pages

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Acknowledgement:  UK Health Forum


One in three heart attack cases ‘misdiagnosed’

September 12, 2016

Source: NHS Choices – NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: September 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Following a study that analysed a database containing information about nearly 600,000 people in the UK who had been diagnosed with a heart attack over a nine-year period, researchers were particularly interested in how a change in the initial and later diagnosis was associated with survival. Overall, a third of people were given the wrong diagnosis initially.

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Acknowledgement:    NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines


Can exercise offset some of the harms of regular drinking?

September 12, 2016

Source: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: September 2016

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In a nutshell: A study suggests exercise may compensate for some, but certainly not all, of the harms associated with excessive alcohol consumption. This latest study looked at deaths from cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as premature death in general

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Acknowledgement:  NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines