Heart failure in the elderly set to triple by 2060

Rome, Italy - 28 Aug 2016: Heart failure in the elderly is set to triple by 2060, according to new data from the Age, Gene/Environment Susceptibility (AGES) - Reykjavík study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.1

Up to 80 percent of heart failure patients denied therapy to reduce hospitalization and death

Rome, Italy - 28 Aug 2016: A study in nearly 15 000 heart failure patients has found that up to 80% may not be receiving treatment at doses proven to reduce hospitalisations and improve survival. The research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today highlights the need for doctors to ensure patients are treated appropriately so that the high levels of serious illnesses and death associated with heart failure can be reduced.1

Increased risk of death for heart failure patients with each NHS hospital admission

Rome, Italy - 28 Aug 2016: Heart failure patients have a 2% increased risk of dying with each admission to NHS hospitals, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.1 The 15 year study in more than 450 000 patients from the ACALM Study Unit, Birmingham, UK included 13 416 patients with heart failure.

Nebivolol prevents anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity

Rome, Italy - 28 Aug 2016: Nebivolol prevents anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today by Professor Mirela Cleopatra Tomescu, a cardiologist at Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania.1

"Breast cancer is a major public health problem worldwide, with a death rate of about 1 in 33 patients," said Professor Tomescu. "Anthracyclines are a class of powerful pharmacological agents widely used in the treatment of breast cancer but they have a toxic effect on the heart, inducing heart failure."

Traffic accidents increased by 50 percent in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator

Rome, Italy - 28 Aug 2016: The risk of traffic accidents is increased by 50% in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) compared to age and gender matched controls, according to a Danish nationwide registry study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.1

Defibrillators could save many more lives if associated with basic life support education

Rome, Italy - 28 Aug 2016: Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) fail to save lives when the public does not have basic life support education, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2016.1 The study found that public access defibrillation (PAD) programmes are unevenly deployed across France, with an obvious impact on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survival rate.

Mediterranean diet associated with lower risk of death in cardiovascular disease patients

Rome, Italy - 28 Aug 2016: The Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduced risk of death in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease, according to results from the observational Moli-sani study presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.1

Sudden death in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy rarely associated with exercise

Rome, Italy - 28 Aug 2016: Sudden death in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is rarely associated with exercise, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today by Dr Gherardo Finocchiaro, a cardiologist at St George's University of London, UK.1 Nearly 80% of patients in the study had no symptoms and only one in five had been diagnosed with HCM before their death.

Activity tracker uses heart rate to personalize amount of exercise needed to prevent death

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: A novel activity tracker has been developed that uses heart rate data to personalise the amount of exercise needed to reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The science behind the tracker is presented for the first time today at ESC Congress 2016.1

Moderate physical activity linked with 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s

Rome, Italy - 27 Aug 2016: Moderate physical activity is associated with a greater than 50% reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today.1 The 12 year study in nearly 2500 adults aged 65 to 74 years found that moderate physical activity reduced the risk of an acute cardiovascular event by more than 30%. High levels of physical activity led to greater risk reductions.