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

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Thursday, 06 September 2018

This month’s Back to Basics summarizes the main features of the key direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs or NOACS).   These drugs are becoming a standard therapy in many settings including stroke prevention, management of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and prevention of venous thromboembolism following hip and knee replacement.

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Thursday, 06 September 2018

This month’s Back to Basics highlights details of the upcoming flu vaccination campaign.

Last season’s higher level of activity was a reminder that flu can have a significant impact.

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018

This month’s Back to Basics feature is a patient information card that is included in the 2018 European Heart Rhythm Association Practical Guide on the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation. The card can be folded into pocket size and is crucial both for the patient and for healthcare providers. The EHRA states that this generic and universal card can serve all patients under NOAC therapy.

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018

This month’s Back to Basics feature is a useful wallchart showing estimates of alcohol content and calorie counts of typical alcoholic drinks. Many people forget the considerable calorific content of drinks and are unaware of how much pure alcohol they are consuming. Having these facts to hand are useful for the patients we see in practice and for our own healthy living!

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Many newer drug classes are available to healthcare professionals for the management of type 2 diabetes. This month’s Back to Basics feature is a useful wallchart showing the targets for oral type 2 diabetes medications in the liver, gut, pancreas, kidney and muscle/adipose tissue.

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018

This NHS Health Check overview shows the target age groups and risk factors assessed during the process. All these details should be recorded on the primary care record.  The overview highlights the risk assessment, lifestyle management, clinical assessment and risk management processes involved in the NHS Health Check.

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Friday, 23 February 2018
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest sustained cardiac dysrhythmia, and an important risk factor for stroke and systemic thromboembolic events. This infographic outlines AF risk factors, and compares AF with normal heart rhythm.
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Friday, 23 February 2018

This useful wall chart shows how just 5-10% weight loss improves important markers of cardiovascular health, including lipids, blood pressure, diabetes risk and inflammation.

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