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January 2004 Br J Cardiol 2004;11:5-7

Cardiac pathology – a dying trade?

Mary N Sheppard

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It seems ironic that, at a time of ultra-specialisation, when
the public is demanding higher standards from doctors,
academic medicine is being downgraded. Cardiac pathology
represents a perfect case in point.

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November 2003 Br J Cardiol 2003;10:428-30

Training in cardiology – the next decade

John Greenwood

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The introduction of the first specialist registrar training programme in December 1995 brought a radical overhaul in higher specialist training. Each speciality produced a curriculum establishing specific training objectives against which the progress of an individual trainee could be judged.

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November 2003 Br J Cardiol 2003;10:426-7

BANCC: the changing role of the cardiac nurse

Debbie Hughes

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The traditional role of the cardiac nurse, particularly at the inception of the coronary care unit (CCU), has been evolving since the early 60s.

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November 2003 Br J Cardiol 2003;10:424-5

Rehabilitation: quantity and quality will count

J Malcolm Walker

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Cardiac rehabilitation has historically been an underdeveloped service in the UK. It is now recognised as an essential component in the management of heart disease and will shortly encompass those at risk of developing cardiovascular disorders.

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November 2003 Br J Cardiol 2003;10:421-3

NHA: the evolving role of the nurse in hypertension

Susan Kennedy

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Hypertension is one of the major risk factors for vascular disease and its treatment to target requires not only careful monitoring with lifestyle advice and pharmacological intervention but also a good understanding of the condition by the patient.

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November 2003 Br J Cardiol 2003;10:418-20

Prospects for hypertension in the next decade

Neil R Poulter

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During the second half of the twentieth century our knowledge of the aetiology of and pathophysiological mechanisms underlying hypertension have advanced immeasurably. Furthermore, few, if any, areas of medicine have as many major morbidity and mortality trials to inform optimal management as does hypertension.

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November 2003 Br J Cardiol 2003;10:416-7

H.E.A.R.T UK: hyperlipidaemia and the challenges ahead

Julie Foxton, Anthony Wierzbicki, John Reckless

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The merits of reducing cholesterol to help prevent coronary heart disease (CHD) were questioned 10 years ago. There were great debates about the utility of reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and it is now clear, following the publication of at least eight different clinical drug trials, that reducing cholesterol with statin drugs helps to reduce total mortality, cardiovascular mortality and morbidity and interventional procedures.

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November 2003 Br J Cardiol 2003;10:414-5

PCCS: critical thinking for times ahead

Fran Sivers

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The Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) has come a long way since a small group of us met in an inauspicious hotel in middle England in the mid 1990s, to discuss the formation of a group through which to develop a network of general practitioners (GPs) with a particular interest in cardiovascular disease and its management.

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November 2003 Br J Cardiol 2003;10:412-3

Department of Health reports NSF key targets are being delivered ahead of schedule

Roger Boyle

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Ten years ago, England had one of the worst death rates from circulatory diseases in Europe. Today, thanks to the expertise and hard work of thousands of NHS staff, major progress has been made in implementing the National Service Framework (NSF) for Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), and deaths from circulatory diseases are set to be reduced by 40%, three years ahead of the 10-year target set when the NSF was published in March 2000. As a result, we estimate that around 100,000 lives are being saved each year.

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November 2003 Br J Cardiol 2003;10:411

The British Journal of Cardiology celebrates its first 10 years

Kim Fox, Henry Purcell, Philip Poole-Wilson

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This is the tenth anniversary issue of the British Journal of Cardiology(BJC) and, to mark the occasion, we have invited editorials from medical and nursing groups officially associated with the journal.

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