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.
Muscle-related symptoms are less commonly reported when patients and their doctors are unaware that statin therapy is being used, compared to when they are aware, according to a new study on ASCOT-LLA trial data.
A new study shows that increased activity in the amygdala (the part of the brain involved in stress) is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke. This study provides new insights into the possible mechanism by which stress can lead to cardiovascular disease in humans.
A new document from Public Health England (PHE) highlights the ongoing impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and provides an overview of PHEs work in CVD.
Behavioural risk factors such as poor diet, smoking and low physical activity, along with high blood pressure, high body mass index and high cholesterol are the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The Heart Age Test is a digital online tool designed to help make sense of an individual’s risk of CVD, the implications of that risk and the behavioural changes needed to reduce that risk.
This article reviews the important and growing role of the NHS Health Check in tackling some of the challenges in prevention and treatment of CVD and other non-communicable diseases.