Robert Walton, a Cochrane UK Senior Fellow in General Practice, looks at the latest Cochrane evidence on what blood pressure targets to aim for, balancing the benefits of treatment against risk of side effects.
Cardiovascular & vascular
Are cholesterol-lowering statins as good as we think?
In a blog for people taking statins, or considering taking them, Dr Paula Byrne, Researcher at Evidence Synthesis Ireland, shares what she and her team found when they looked at the evidence on statins and the risk of bad outcomes like stroke and heart attack.
Venous leg ulcers: evidence review
An evidence round-up, for nurses, on venous leg ulcers.
Varicose veins: what can be done to help?
Lynda Ware, a Senior Fellow in General Practice at Cochrane UK, looks at the latest Cochrane evidence on the treatment of varicose veins.
Vasodilators for Raynaud’s Phenomenon
In this blog for people with Raynaud’s phenomenon, Dr Kevin Su, a Rheumatologist from Australia, looks at the latest Cochrane evidence on vasodilator drugs for Primary Raynaud’s phenomenon. Katie LeBlanc, a patient advocate, reflects on her experiences.
Can walking help lower your blood pressure? The latest Cochrane evidence
In this blog for people with normal or high blood pressure (hypertension), Dr Rebecca Gould, Cochrane UK Fellow and Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar, looks at the latest Cochrane evidence on walking for lowering blood pressure.
Reducing saturated fat intake: is it worth the effort?
Robert Walton, a Cochrane UK Senior Fellow in General Practice, blogs about the evidence on reducing saturated fat in our diets to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Few questions have caused so much controversy in science and medicine and debate over the breakfast table as the prevention of cardiovascular disease. A recent Cochrane ReviewCochrane Reviews are […]
Exercise for intermittent claudication: does the type of exercise make a difference?
Dr Rebecca Gould, Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar and Cochrane UK Fellow, looks at the latest Cochrane evidence on exercise for intermittent claudication (lower leg pain that comes on during exercise) and explores if the type of exercise undertaken makes a difference.
Severe aortic stenosis: keyhole treatment or open heart surgery?
Cardiologists Will Watson and Harry Boardman blog about Cochrane evidence comparing two treatments for aortic stenosis in people with low surgical risk.
No more neurosurgery for unruptured brain AVMs?
A blog for people with arterio-venous malformations (AVMs) on Cochrane evidence to inform their decisions about treatment.
Which stent is best for heart attacks?
Harry Boardman discusses the different types of coronary stents which are used to treat people after a heart attack.
How should we deal with non-culprit lesions during a STEMI? A mid-night conundrum
In a blog for medical trainees, Chris McAloon, a cardiology specialty trainee, reflects on evidence and practice for treating someone with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)