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Management of arterial hypertension

The new guidelines for the management of arterial hypertension were released in 2013 by the European Society of Hypertension ESH and the European Society of Cardiology ESC. The purpose of this review is to highlight some of the changes in these new guidelines compared to the previous version.

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Integrated nurse-led oral anticoagulation management

In this paper the fundamentals of an integrated approach to care are presented in terms of a nurse-led, guideline-based, software-supported outpatient clinic for patients with AF.

Management of stable coronary artery disease: take home messages for Swiss physicians

Chest pain is the number one topic we deal with as cardiologists in daily practice. In this context in 2013 the updated ESC guidelines on the management of Stable Coronary Artery Disease have been published.

Heart and cirrhosis

Cirrhosis has known effects on the cardiovascular system. These changes have been designated under the term cirrhotic cardiomyopathy. Half of cirrhotic patients may present this syndrome, which consists of structural, electrophysiological and functional alterations.

Vorhofflimmern und Herzinsuffizienz

Es bleibt unklar, inwieweit Vorhofflimmern ein eigenständiger Risikofaktor bei Herzinsuffizienzpatienten oder Ausdruck einer fortgeschrittenen Kardiomyopathie ist.

Extreme rocking motion of an infected aortic bioprosthesis

TTE revealed global hypokinesis (LEVF: 20%) and substantial rocking motion of the aortic bioprosthesis.

Kussmaul’s sign in effusive constrictive pericarditis

A 67-year old man with mitral valve prolapse and moderate regurgitation was admitted because of dyspnoea, bilateral ankle swelling and hypotension. Close inspection of the jugular veins identified Kussmaul’s sign, a typical increase in the central venous pressure during inspiration.

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