Statins cut heart deaths in men by 28%, study finds

November 7, 2017

Source: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: September 2017

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In a nutshell: “Statins cut the risk of dying from heart disease by 28% among men, according to the longest study of its kind,” The Guardian reports.

Statins help reduce the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol”, in the blood. This in turn helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Current UK guidelines recommend that people with a 1 in 10 chance of developing CVD at some point in the next 10 years should be offered statins.

The results of this new analysis led the researchers to conclude that more people with high cholesterol should be offered statins.

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Scan could help prevent deadly heart failure in cancer patients

November 7, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: High-tech scanning techniques could reveal whether chemotherapy is damaging a person’s heart before any symptoms appear, according to research we’ve funded presented at the Global Cardio-oncology Summit in London.

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Going to university may cut your risk of heart disease

September 8, 2017

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Date of publication: September 2017

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In a nutshell: A new gene study found people with genes associated with spending longer in education had around a 33% reduced risk of developing heart disease.

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Statins cut heart deaths in men by 28%, study finds

September 8, 2017

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Date of publication: August 2017

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In a nutshell: Current UK guidelines recommend that people with a 1 in 10 chance of developing CVD at some point in the next 10 years should be offered statins. The researchers say men who took statins during the trial period were about 25% less likely to get heart disease or have a major event like a heart attack or stroke during the trial, and in the 20 years afterwards.  The results of this new analysis led the researchers to conclude that more people with high cholesterol should be offered statins.

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Early gene-editing success holds promise for preventing inherited heart diseases

August 8, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Scientists have, for the first time, used gene-editing to correct the genetic mutation for a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).  This new advance could mean that it would be possible to correct the defect at the earliest stage of embryonic development so that the defect would not be passed on to future generations.

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New hope to prevent dangerous blood clots found in the legs

August 8, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Common anti-allergy medicines could prove to be effective treatment for potentially fatal blood clots in the legs, according to new research we funded. The findings, published in the journal Circulation Research, may pave the way for new medicines to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – a health issue that can be a particular problem on long-haul flights or other situations related to long-term immobilization.

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More older adults ‘may benefit from taking statins,’ study reports

August 8, 2017

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Date of publication: July 2017

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In a nutshell: “Nearly all men over 60 and women over 75 eligible for statins, analysis suggests,” The Guardian reports.

This is the finding of a study that aimed to see how many people in England would qualify for statin use if the 2014 NICE guidelines for statin therapy in adults were followed.

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