Unique, practical knowledge for nurses responsible for daily management of patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and related conditions.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

This month’s Back to Basics feature is a wallchart showing the new government Eatwell Guide to help your patients understand how to eat a healthy and balanced diet. You may also be interested in visiting the Eatwell page on the NHS Choices website. This includes useful healthy eating tools such as a calorie checker and BMI calculator.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A recent systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 double-blind randomised controlled studies including 6456 people has found that adding a DPP-4 inhibitor (or gliptin) to a sulfonylurea increases the risk of hypoglycaemia by about 50%.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

People at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can reduce their chances of getting the condition by more than 80% by completing a new education programme, according to a new study from the Leicester Diabetes Centre.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A large international study (INTERSTROKE) in 27,000 patients highlights the importance of managing hypertension and other modifiable risk factors in stroke prevention. A total of 90% of the risk of stroke is accounted for by 10 modifiable risk factors.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

PCCJ Editor-in-Chief Mike Kirby reviews a recent large observational study in the BMJ which concludes that women with atrial fibrillation are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death than men.

Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
The updated NICE guideline on post-myocardial infarction care (CG 172) provides a benchmark for primary care. In this article, Ivan Benett and Jennifer Yung highlight the five key tasks for general practice in caring for someone who has suffered a heart attack.
Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 05 July 2016

A new Cochrane Review highlights the value of nurse-led titration of ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers and angiotensin II receptor blockers in patients with chronic heart failure. All-cause mortality and hospitalisations were lower in the nurse-led titration group compared with the usual care of titration by GPs.

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Tuesday, 05 July 2016

Drugs used to treat diabetes could also be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and vice versa, according to new basic research from the University of Aberdeen. This is also the first study of its kind to show that Alzheimer’s disease can lead to diabetes, as opposed to diabetes occurring first as was previously thought.

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Tuesday, 05 July 2016

Bariatric surgery on some obese patients with type 2 diabetes could result in lifetime savings of about £95,000 per patient, mostly due to reduced medication costs, according to data presented at the recent European Obesity Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

A 20-year study demonstrates that higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness reduce the risk for developing prediabetes or diabetes. This is the longest study conducted in this area and provides strong evidence that supports the commonly accepted view that fitness is beneficial in reducing the risk for prediabetes and diabetes.

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