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Weekly data from the heart . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 31 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3971

Cardiac data

Many people with heart failure have had electronic cardiac devices implanted, and a trial in the European Heart Journal investigates whether better use could be made of the data these devices record. Patients were randomised either to weekly data downloads from the devices with rapid review and feedback, or to usual care (Eur Heart J doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehx227). Judged by a composite primary outcome of death from any cause or unplanned hospital admission for a cardiovascular reason, weekly data monitoring showed no advantages.

High fibre

Patients receiving radiotherapy for pelvic cancers are traditionally told to eat a low fibre diet. According to a small trial in the American Journal of …

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