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Cardiovascular health after syncope . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 21 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4269

Syncope and postural hypotension

A longitudinal study from Sweden finds that middle aged people admitted to hospital after an episode of loss of consciousness, and discharged with a diagnosis of syncope or postural hypotension, are subsequently at increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (Heart doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2017-311857). A diagnosis of unexplained syncope was associated with coronary events, cardiovascular death, and aortic stenosis. Orthostatic hypotension by contrast, was more strongly associated with stroke and heart failure.

Mortality among young people with type 1 diabetes

Paediatricians in Wales have been tracking new cases of type 1 diabetes in children under 15 since 1995 (Arch Dis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-2016-312581). What they’ve found is rather disappointing: mortality rates are about three times higher than in the general population and, despite developments in …

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