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Patients at the Heart of New Cholesterol Guidelines

The European Society of Cardiology has released new guidelines recommending that patients lower their LDL cholesterol to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. But the guidelines don’t just reinforce an important truth. They make it actionable for patients.

Can Health Research Survive Brexit?

The United Kingdom’s Brexit saga has captured the attention of the world.  But it’s also sparked concerns among British patients, researchers and health care advocates, who are asking: How will health research and innovation fare after the UK severs ties with the European Union? Research on cardiovascular disease provides an apt example.  According to the … Continued

Heart Disease Deaths Climb in the UK

For the first time in 50 years, heart disease-related deaths in the United Kingdom are mounting.  The likely cause? Health disparities and uncontrolled risk factors. The British Heart Foundation reports that 42,384 people under age 75 died from heart-related diseases in 2017. That’s up four percent from 2014.  Before that, heart disease-related death rates were … Continued

Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Want Tools for Shared Medical Decision-Making

When it comes to shared medical decision-making, European patients with rheumatoid arthritis are open to ideas.   A recent patient questionnaire from the European Alliance for Patient Access revealed that patients don’t always find it easy to talk with their doctor or nurse about their symptoms, treatment and quality of life with rheumatoid arthritis.  And … Continued

Survey Highlights Desire for Innovation in Latin America

Central and South American governments should consider new policies that support innovation in health care and improve patient access, according to results from a survey recently conducted by the Global Alliance for Patient Access.

Encuesta destaca el deseo de impulsar innovación en América Latina

Según los resultados de una encuesta realizada recientemente por la Alianza Global para el Acceso de Pacientes, los gobiernos de América Central y América del Sur deben considerar nuevas políticas que apoyen la innovación en la atención médica y mejoren el acceso a los pacientes.

What Heart Attack & Stroke Mean to EU Workplaces

Heart attack and stroke don’t just affect patients across Europe, new research reveals.  These cardiovascular events also impact the EU’s national economies – by increasing absenteeism and reducing productivity in workplaces across the region. Productivity Loss & Economic Impact Among patients who returned to work, having a heart attack or stroke was associated with losing … Continued

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