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World Heart Day 2021
World Heart Day 2021 World Heart Day is a global health campaign. Its main task is to raise awareness about diseases of the cardiovascular system, the reasons for their occurrence and how to prevent them. For the first time, cardiologists at an international congress in 2012 announced the need to establish a holiday. Then, in the presence of world leaders, shocking numbers were announced. More than 18 million people die from cardiovascular diseases worldwide every year.


What's New in the AHA/ASA Secondary Stroke Prevention Guidelines?
What's New in the AHA/ASA Secondary Stroke Prevention Guidelines? Clinical Context Risk for recurrent stroke or TIA is high but can be lowered by appropriate secondary stroke prevention. As secondary stroke prevention strategies have improved in recent years, cohort studies have shown decreased rates of recurrent stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA).


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Expert opinion. Double antiplatelet therapy after ACS: "de-escalation" In medical practice, cases in which patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and received a combination of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) with prasugrel or ticagrelor are often used, a combination of ASA with clopidogrel is started. This transition from more active platelet-derived P2Y12 blockers to less active clopidogrel has been termed "de-escalation." The possibility of "de-escalation" is considered in documents prepared by various expert groups. Among them, an updated version of the recommendations of the European Society of Cardiology and the European Association of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons for double antiplatelet therapy for coronary heart disease, where a similar transition is proposed to be discussed with side effects or intolerance of prasugrel / ticagrelor. There is also an agreement of experts from Europe and the USA, in which practical approaches to the replacement of the P2Y12 blocker of the platelet receptor are analyzed in detail. However, it should be borne in mind that these proposals are basically based on common sense and representations of the pharmacological properties of various P2Y12 receptor blockers of the platelet, while the evidence base for "de-escalation" is small.


SUMMARY & CONCLUSIONS - 71ST WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY
SUMMARY & CONCLUSIONS - 71ST WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY Global resolution on Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease adopted at the WHA Following years of campaigning and advocacy from WHF, our members and the global RHD community, we are delighted to announce that on Friday 25 May, Member States of the World Health Organization unanimously adopted a Global Resolution on Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.


Bread Might Be The Saltiest Part Of Your Diet, According To A New Study
Bread Might Be The Saltiest Part Of Your Diet, According To A New Study When you think of salty foods, bread might not come to mind. But a new study shows that it may be a bigger contributor to sodium in your diet than you think. Even though it doesn"t taste that salty, bread might be delivering more sodium than you think — but it all depends on which kind you eat and how much, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed 2,000 different breads (including white, wholemeal, mixed grain, and flatbreads) sold in 32 countries around the world and found some shockingly high numbers and wide variation in the salt and sodium levels in breads. The study was conducted by the World Action on Salt & Health (WASH) at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine of Queen Mary University of London.


The Anti-statin Lobby Strikes Again:  Time to Set the Record Straight
The Anti-statin Lobby Strikes Again: Time to Set the Record Straight The joint Franco-German non-commercial television network ARTE recently broadcast a television programme entitled "The Big Bluff" about the link between cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and the use of statins. The programme propounded the theory that there is absolutely no relation between blood cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease, and asserted that cholesterol has become the "ideal villain" in cardiovascular disease through a series of "scientific approximations". In addition, the programme encouraged physicians and patients to interrupt lipid-lowering treatments and statins, in particular, to avoid any blood lipid assessment and last but not least, suggested that the recommendations issued by professional societies such as the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) are inappropriate and influenced by conflicts of interest.


Coffee Consumption and Coronary Artery Calcium Score: Cross‐Sectional Results of ELSA‐Brasil (Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health)
Coffee Consumption and Coronary Artery Calcium Score: Cross‐Sectional Results of ELSA‐Brasil (Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health) Coffee Consumption and Coronary Artery Calcium Score: Cross‐Sectional Results of ELSA‐Brasil (Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health) Abstract Background Available evidence for the relationship between coffee intake and subclinical atherosclerosis is limited and inconsistent. This study aimed to evaluate the association between coffee consumption and coronary artery calcium (CAC) in ELSA‐Brasil (Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health).


CONFERENCE NEWS
CONFERENCE NEWS CONFERENCE NEWS https://www.medscape.com/viewcollection/ MOMENTUM 3: HeartMate 3 Improves Stroke-Free Survival at 2 Years TRIUMPH: Triple Low-Dose Combo Pill a Success in Hypertension Barbershop-Based Healthcare Cuts Hypertension in Blacks Music Boosts Exercise Capacity During Cardiac Stress Test


New EHRA Practical Guide  on Novel Oral Anticoagulants
New EHRA Practical Guide on Novel Oral Anticoagulants A new version of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) practical guide on non–vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) aims to help physicians navigate various new data — including some just presented last month in the United States — but also a more complex clinical landscape. "As health care providers get more comfortable using NOACs, treatment of more complex patients, such as the elderly, frail, those with multiple co-medications, is getting increasingly more common. We felt that not only an update but a fully revised version would be appropriate," writing committee chair, Jan Steffel, MD, University Heart Center, Zurich, Switzerland, told theheart.org | Medscape Cardiology.