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Statins are safe and effective but their potential side-effects have been exaggerated by unreliable studies, according to a major medical review. The cholesterol-reducing tablets, the most prescribed drugs in the UK, have been the subject of years of controversy and conflicting reports. It is thought that around six million people…
Hospital visits for heart disease and stroke patients are increasing, according to new figures. There were 1.69 million hospital visits, including ordinary admissions and day cases, for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in 2013 to 2014 across the UK, which is up from 1.64 million in 2010 to 2011. The UK death…
Cholesterol has been questioned as a cause of heart disease in older people in a controversial new study. A review of 19 studies involving 68,094 people, published in the BMJ Open journal, has found there is no association between what has traditionally been considered as "bad" cholesterol and the premature…
Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Centre for Speech and Language Therapy has recently redeveloped its clinic to cater for adults in Cardiff and the Vale with acquired communication difficulties. The clinic, which opened in 1983 and initially focused on therapy for children, now also provides a service for adults who have communication…
Almost half of people who have survived a stroke feel abandoned when they leave hospital, according to new research. A poll of more than 1,100 stroke survivors in England found 45% felt left alone while 27% of those who suffered a physical disability from their stroke received "very poor" or…
Failures in heart attack care are leading to tens of thousands of deaths, a new study has found. Around 33,000 deaths could have been avoided over a 10-year period if heart attack after-care guidelines were followed, researchers said. One patient is dying every month per each hospital because medics across…
Health officials have given the green light to a new drug that can "transform" the lives of people living with heart failure. Around 100,000 people will benefit from using the drug sacubitril valsartan, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said after recommending the drug for some NHS…
Being lonely and socially isolated can increase a person's risk of heart disease or stroke, new research suggests. The effect loneliness has on the heart is similar to that seen in people who suffer anxiety or have stressful jobs, experts found. Researchers from the University of York, the University of…
University Campus Suffolk (UCS) and The Somerville Foundation, an international charity supporting patients with heart conditions, have partnered to establish Suffolk’s first heart research centre. The centre will focus on finding more effective ways to treat and support individuals with congenital heart conditions and will utilise UCS’s expertise in cardiovascular…
Alcohol consumption protects against heart attacks - but increases the risk of many cancers as well as the likelihood of being injured, a global study has found. The research, which followed the progress of 114,970 participants for around four years, showed that drinking alcohol was associated with an overall 24%…
Women with diabetes have around a 40% increased risk of suffering a heart attack compared with diabetic men, two studies have suggested. Those aged 45 to 84 have a significantly higher chance of heart attack, one study found, with the risk largest between the ages of 45 and 54. Separate…
A North-South divide in the number of people dying from cardiovascular disease is a "stain on the UK's public health record", a leading expert has said. Dr Adam Timmis made the comments as a paper was published showing that cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease as the biggest killer of men…
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