The latest learning and CPD content on cardiovascular diseases. Under ‘Other resources’ you will find all our other content related to cardiovascular diseases.
CPD and Learning
Venous thromboembolism is a complication of cancer that pharmacists should understand to ensure that their patients have the best possible outcomes.
This overview describes the different management options for acute coronary syndrome and how pharmacists can support patients with the condition.
It is well known that high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, there are lifestyle interventions that pharmacists can encourage patients to implement to reduce this risk.
Ensuring patients are optimised on maximum tolerated doses of medicines in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction is essential in minimising the burden of the condition.
Aphasia is a communication disability, most often caused by stroke, which occurs when the language centres of the brain are damaged. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of how the communication needs of people with aphasia vary based on the severity of the condition, and how they can best provide support with medicines optimisation.
Stroke: classification and diagnosisSubscription
In light of the many pressures currently facing the NHS, as well as an ever increasing ageing population, pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of the risk factors for stroke, its classification and diagnosis.
Early diagnosis of lower limb oedema is crucial to prevent early oedema becoming chronic. Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are ideally placed to identify patients on certain medicines at higher risk of oedema, and should be aware of signs of chronic oedema when assessing patients to allow for prompt referral.
The role of non-statin drugs, including ezetimibe, fibrates, bile acid binders, nicotinic acid derivatives, omega-3 fatty acid supplements and PCSK9 inhibitors, for the management of dyslipidaemia in adults.
Pharmacist-led interventions and patient education are better at improving adherence to lipid-lowering drugs than other types of intervention, such as electronic or telephone reminders, study results show.
Fruits and vegetables lower blood pressure and slash medication costs for kidney disease patientsSubscription
The cost of antihypertensive drugs nearly halved when researchers assigned patients to eat alkali-inducing fruit and vegetables.
Researchers have identified 12 drug classes associated with Raynaud’s phenomenon that should be prescribed with caution in patients with a history of the condition.
Patients had significantly better adherence scores following community pharmacy intervention measures.
Simvastatin induces calcium-dependent apoptosisSubscription
Simvastatin inhibits proliferation of tumour cells and induces calcium-dependent apoptosis, shows new research published in Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Evidence that pravastatin is of long-term benefit when started after hospital admission for unstable angina is provided by the results of a new trial.