Breakthrough blood test to improve diagnosis of heart attacks

April 24, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Researchers have developed a new blood test to diagnose heart attacks, thanks to BHF-funding. The study found that the new test is more sensitive and quicker in detecting heart damage than the current troponin test.

Using donated human heart muscle tissue, the team found that a protein called cardiac myosin-binding protein C was even more sensitive and better at detecting damage to the heart caused by a heart attack than the widely used troponin test.

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Acknowledgement:  British Heart Foundation              

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Cycling commuters have lower rates of heart disease and cancer

April 24, 2017

Source: NHS Choices

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work,” BBC News advises, prompted by a new study that found UK commuters who cycled to work had lower rates of cancer and heart disease, compared to other types of commuters.

The study was well designed as it included more than 200,000 adults working full time away from their homes and aged between 40 and 69 years. Commuting on a bicycle was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular diseasecancer and death from any cause, while those walking to work only had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Acknowledgement:  NHS Choices              


New report assesses impact of physical inactivity on UK heart health and economy

April 24, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: A report by the British Heart Foundation finds that more than 20 million adults in the UK are physically inactive and estimates that this increase risk of heart disease may cost the NHS £1.2 billion annually.

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Acknowledgement:  British Heart Foundation              


Fixed-dose combination therapy for the prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases

April 24, 2017

Source: Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: March 2017

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: Background – Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, yet ASCVD risk factor control and secondary prevention rates remain low. A fixed-dose combination of blood pressure- and cholesterol-lowering and antiplatelet treatments into a single pill, or polypill, has been proposed as one strategy to reduce the global burden of ASCVD.

Objectives – To determine the effect of fixed-dose combination therapy on all-cause mortality, fatal and non-fatal ASCVD events, and adverse events. We also sought to determine the effect of fixed-dose combination therapy on blood pressure, lipids, adherence, discontinuation rates, health-related quality of life, and costs.

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Acknowledgement: Cochrane Library              


Vitamin C supplementation for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

April 24, 2017

Source: Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient and powerful antioxidant. Observational studies have shown an inverse relationship between vitamin C intake and major cardiovascular events and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. Results from clinical trials are less consistent. This review aims to determine the effectiveness of vitamin C supplementation as a single supplement for the primary prevention of CVD.

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Acknowledgement: Cochrane Library