Heart disease and stroke risk could be halved by 10p polypill

A new 10p a day ‘polypill’ containing aspirin and statins halves the risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the world’s first international trial of the drug. Researchers found “sizeable reductions” in blood pressure and levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol among those who took the polypill over a 12 week

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Sex and coffee triggers strokes new research finds

Coffee, sex and blowing your nose could increase the risk of a type of stroke, say researchers in the Netherlands. The study on 250 patients identified eight risk factors linked to bleeding on the brain. They all increase blood pressure which could result in blood vessels bursting, according to research

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Life expectancy on the rise despite obesity epidemic

Life expectancy in the UK is on the rise, despite fears over the impact of obesity a population expert has said. Analysing trends from the past 40 years, Professor David Leon credited a decline in deaths from heart disease for the continued rise. People in the UK are also living

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Postcode lottery of NHS care revealed in full

The scale of the “postcode lottery” of care that patients can expect across England, and the different amounts of money health authorities spend on problems, has been highlighted for the first time in an NHS survey. The NHS Atlas of Variation has found that some NHS trusts are failing in

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Statin increase will save lives

Raising the dose of cholesterol lowering statin drugs could prevent many more heart attacks and strokes, say researchers. UK and Australian teams compared a standard statin treatment with a more intensive therapy, publishing results in the Lancet medical journal. They concluded that higher doses cut heart attacks and deaths by

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