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    Cardiovascular diseases

    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

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    Cancer-associated thrombosisSubscription

    8 SEP 2020By ,

    Venous thromboembolism is a complication of cancer that pharmacists should understand to ensure that their patients have the best possible outcomes.  

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    Acute coronary syndrome: risk factors, diagnosis and treatment Subscription

    13 MAR 2020By ,

    This overview describes the different management options for acute coronary syndrome and how pharmacists can support patients with the condition.

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    Managing hypertension: the role of diet and exerciseSubscription

    14 FEB 2020By

    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.

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    Pathophysiology and management of heart failure

    6 DEC 2018By ,

    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.

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    How to support people with aphasia with medicines optimisationSubscription

    13 FEB 2018By ,

    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.

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    Stroke: classification and diagnosisSubscription

    10 JAN 2018By

    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.

    Xray showing chronic oedema in the lower limb

    Chronic oedema: treatment and the impact of prescribed medicinesSubscription

    7 JUN 2017By ,

    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.

    Computer illustration of a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) molecule (round) bound to an LDL receptor (LDLR) protein, with a molecule of the enzyme proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9, blue) bound to a PCSK9 inhibitor antibody (orange)

    Non-statin drugs for the management of dyslipidaemia in adultsSubscription

    12 MAY 2016By

    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.

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    Team interventions improve adherence to lipid-lowering medicationSubscription

    1 MAR 2017

    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.

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    Fruits and vegetables lower blood pressure and slash medication costs for kidney disease patientsSubscription

    29 SEP 2016

    The cost of antihypertensive drugs nearly halved when researchers assigned patients to eat alkali-inducing fruit and vegetables.

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    Drug-induced Raynaud’s phenomenon ‘probably underestimated’Subscription

    20 APR 2016

    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.

    Researchers found that the 32 patients assigned to the intervention had significantly better adherence scores at both three months and six months than the 39 patients assigned to the control group. In the image, an elderly man talking over the phone

    Pharmacy intervention improves adherence to cardiovascular medicationSubscription

    11 FEB 2016

    Patients had significantly better adherence scores following community pharmacy intervention measures.

    Simvastatin inhibits proliferation of tumour cells and induces calcium-dependent apoptosis, study finds

    Simvastatin induces calcium-dependent apoptosisSubscription

    1 DEC 2014

    Simvastatin inhibits proliferation of tumour cells and induces calcium-dependent apoptosis, shows new research published in Journal of Biological Chemistry.

    Study shows long-term benefits of pravastatin in unstable angina

    23 DEC 2000

    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.


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