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September 2014 Br J Cardiol 2014;21:99

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BJCardio Staff

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BSH Parliament day Professor Andrew Clark (President of the British Society for Heart Failure) is pictured here (centre) carrying out an echocardiogram in the House of Commons. He was at a BSH event to help raise awareness that a person diagnosed with heart failure is likely to have a worse prognosis than if they were diagnosed with most cancers. This is despite the availability of specialist heart failure services that can have a remarkable impact on a patient’s chance of survival, but for which there is inconsistent access over the UK leading to wide variations in care and outcomes. Over 60 MPs, Peers, and professional and patient groups

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November 2009 Br J Cardiol 2009;16:269-71

Increasing treatment window for tPA in stroke

BJCardio editorial staff

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This new report from ECASS 3 was published online on October 21st in Lancet Neurology. The authors, led by Dr Werner Hacke (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Germany) report that although not all end points were statistically significant, there was “a clear pattern in favour of alteplase”. In the ECASS 3 trial, 821 stroke patients presenting 3-4.5 hours after symptom onset were randomised to alteplase (in the approved regimen of 0.9 mg/kg body weight) or placebo. The primary end point was disability at 90 days, and this was judged by a favourable or unfavourable outcome on the modified Rankin Scale. Results showed that significantly more pati

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