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Two distinguished surgeons have written to ministers urging them not to close congenital heart disease services at a leading London hospital. The Royal Brompton Hospital said the proposed closure of the unit - and world-leading adult congenital heart disease research centre - would "not be in the best interest of…
Strokes are costing the UK £26 billion annually and this could triple within 20 years if action is not taken, charity figures suggest. A new report by the Stroke Association found that strokes are taking a financial toll three times higher than the previous estimate in 2009. Researchers believe the…
Blood-thinning drugs may protect against dementia as well as stroke in people suffering from irregular heartbeat, new research suggests. A study found that patients being treated for atrial fibrillation (AF) were less likely to develop dementia if they were taking anticoagulants. Their risk was reduced by up to 48% compared…
An "exciting" new study has revealed a drug that could help reduce the risk of heart attacks and cut cancer deaths. More than 10,000 patients took part in a trial using the anti-inflammatory Canakinumab, the results of which were presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting in Barcelona, Spain.…
Almost all men over 60 and women over 75 are eligible for statins, according to a new analysis. After examining guidance on which patients should be offered stain therapy, researchers calculated 11.8 million English adults are eligible for the cholesterol-lowing drugs. This works out to be more than a third…
Stroke survivors who seem fully recovered are at a heightened risk of dying or experiencing a heart attack for at least five years after the event, research has shown. A study of 26,366 patients found the long-term risks associated with having a stroke or mini-stroke, even one without complications, are…
People in Scotland lose more years to poor health caused by neck and lower back pain than early heart disease, researchers have claimed. Similarly, depression causes more years of poor health for the Scottish population than lung cancer, according to the Scottish Burden of Disease Study. NHS researchers calculated the…
Stroke patients are benefiting from an idea two Essex occupational therapy students came up with during a placement at Colchester General Hospital. A Cognitive Stimulation Room has been established on the Stroke Unit where stroke patients go for cognitive assessment and rehabilitation. It is the idea of Lisa Allsop and…
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