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


Tuesday, 23 January 2018
A new expert consensus decision pathway from the American College of Cardiology recommends that assessment and treatment of a bleeding episode in patients on oral anticoagulants is essential for the optimal care of these patients.
The document is a valuable summary of the most recent and evidence-based information to assist healthcare professionals in managing patients experiencing bleeding on oral anticoagulation.
Category: Have You Heard
Thursday, 21 March 2013

Clots are life-saving in the right place at the right time, when they can stop us bleeding to death. But a clot in the wrong place can spell disaster, leading to heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. This article explains why life-threatening clots can develop so quickly, what can be done to prevent them, and how each type of clot is treated.

Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurs when a blood clot forms in the wrong place, and it can cause serious illness or death. Treatment of VTE is currently very labour-intensive for nurses and awkward for patients. Novel treatments are more expensive and have their own risks. But this new approach is less reliant on nurse time and more straightforward for patients, and seems likely to become the norm during the next few years.

Category: Editorial
Thursday, 07 February 2019

A new simple device has been designed to improve venous blood flow of people when seated and to help in the prevention, care and treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. The RBR legflow™ was created with the input of Professor Richard Beasley, director of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) and a world authority on respiratory medicine.

Category: Have You Heard
Wednesday, 07 June 2017

A new survey from the Atrial Fibrillation society shows a high level of demand for self-monitoring in people being treated with warfarin. In the survey, 79% of respondents said that they would prefer to self-monitor over clinic visits. New self- monitoring products are being launched.

Category: Have You Heard
Monday, 25 April 2016

A new study suggests that women on anticoagulant therapy are able to take hormonal contraception or HRT with no increased risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) or abnormal uterine bleeding.

Friday, 19 May 2017

The direct factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban has been showing promise in trials in venous thromboembolism (VTE) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). We provide details from the EINSTEIN CHOICE and COMPASS trials.

Monday, 28 February 2005

Thromboembolism is a common complication of heart disease – particularly in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Decisions to prescribe an anticoagulant are based on assessment of an individual patient's risk of clotting and the side-effects of treatment. With growing numbers of patients with heart disease, the number of patients on anticoagulants is increasing and there is a shift to primary care-based anticoagulation clinics. Practice nurses have a central role in educating patients about anticoagulation therapy and in monitoring their ongoing care.

Category: Editorial
Tuesday, 01 September 2009

Venous thromboembolism (VTE), comprising deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is a major public health problem affecting around 100 per 100,000 population per year and causing thousands of deaths annually. Large population-based studies have shown that factors associated with hospitalisation account for half of the attributable risk of VTE.

Category: Editorial
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