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ESC guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention published today

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention in clinical practice are published online today in European Heart Journal. As much as 90% of the risk of a heart attack, stroke, or peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can be explained by smoking, poor eating habits, lack of physical activity, abdominal obesity, high blood […]

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Ablation and biventricular pacing boosts survival in selected atrial fibrillation patients

Ablation plus cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) is superior to pharmacological rate control in reducing mortality in severely symptomatic permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with a narrow QRS, according to late breaking research presented in a Hot Line session today at ESC Congress 2021 and published in the European Heart Journal. Previous research has shown that […]

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Fibrosis ablation shows promise in atrial fibrillation with low grade fibrotic myopathy

Image-guided fibrosis ablation in addition to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) does not improve ablation success rates compared to PVI alone in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), according to an intention-to-treat analysis presented in a Hot Line session today at ESC Congress 2021. Nevertheless, in as-treated analyses, covering low grade atrial fibrosis with ablation lesions […]

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Genetically changed mosquitoes could transform Africa’s long fight against malaria

It has been said that malaria breeds poverty, and poverty breeds malaria. This is the reality in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, where after decades of control initiatives there were still some 384,000 deaths and 188 million malaria cases in 2019. Malaria prevention in African countries heavily depends on using insecticide treated bed nets and […]

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Blood pressure rises by stealth in poorer nations

More than half a billion people worldwide live with undetected, untreated hypertension, even as the disease burden shifts from rich nations to poor countries with limited resources to detect and manage the condition. In what researchers describe as a “massive public health failure,” nearly half of the 1.28 billion people affected by hypertension don’t know […]

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Finerenone benefits patients with diabetes across spectrum of kidney disease

Finerenone reduces the risk of cardiovascular and renal outcomes compared to placebo in patients with type 2 diabetes and all stages of kidney disease. That’s the finding of late breaking research presented in a Hot Line session today at ESC Congress 2021. The nonsteroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist finerenone has been evaluated in two trials of […]

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New biomarkers identified to detect consumption of emerging illicit drug

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has come up with a new solution to boost the surveillance of designer drug abuse. Led by Professor Eric Chan from the NUS Department of Pharmacy, the team has identified three new urinary biomarkers that could be used to detect consumption of ADB-BUTINACA, an […]