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Atrial fibrillation: Prevention and treatment

Dr Angie Brown gives a comprehensive overview of the prevention, diagnosis, treatment options and latest trial data on the management of atrial fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia. Its prevalence is 0.1-to-4 per cent and is constantly increasing. Furthermore, 70 per cent of AF is asymptomatic, so the actual true…

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Focus on hypertension and stroke

Donna Cosgrove MPSI provides a clinical overview of the prevalence, developments and latest medical treatments in the management of hypertension and prevention of stroke The route to cardiovascular health has become more evident since early epidemiological research in the late 1940s. Ideal cardiovascular health, a concept well supported in the literature, is defined by the…

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Iron deficiency in heart failure

Test tube with blood sample for ferritin test

Priscilla Lynch outlines the latest European Society of Cardiology guidance on the management of iron deficiency in heart failure patients Iron deficiency (with or without anaemia) is linked with adverse health outcomes, but especially so in patients with heart failure (HF). In patients with HF, iron deficiency is frequent but overlooked, with a prevalence of…

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