Patients with breast cancer may have an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a retrospective study in Denmark that found that women with breast cancer have an increased risk of developing AF within three years following their cancer diagnosis compared with other women of the same age.
Cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation programmes are a multi-facet intervention that is offered to patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease. The programme is usually delivered over a 6-12-week period by a multi-disciplinary team focusing on the prescription and up-titration of cardio-protective medication, smoking cessation, diet, physical activity and psychological support.
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as Takotsubo syndrome, is a temporary condition where your heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened or ‘stunned’. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy has now gained world-wide acceptance as a distinctive clinical and pathological condition. The prognosis is good with recovery in two to four weeks.
Asthma-COPD overlap (ACO) is when a patient has symptoms of both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These patients experience frequent exacerbations, have worse quality of life, a more rapid decline in lung function and higher mortality, and consume a disproportionate amount of healthcare resources than either asthma or COPD alone.1
About one quarter of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. Only a small proportion of those infected will become sick with TB. People with weakened immune systems such as older patients have a much greater risk of falling ill from TB. New figures show rates of TB in England have declined by a third in six years, and are currently at their lowest level in 35 years.