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ESC CardioMed is home to over 700 chapters, written by over 1,000 international experts. Updated three times a year, the overall depth and volume of the text is continually growing. Discover more in ESC CardioMed with our monthly focus topics, designed to help you get the most out of your subscription. We've made the current month's chapters free to read, so start discovering what ESC CardioMed has to offer.

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Health and economic impact of non-adherence to preventative cardiovascular medicines


The use of specific interventions that involve electronic reminders, pharmacist-led interventions, and healthcare professional education of patients may be an effective strategy to improve adherence to statins, and to achieve corresponding decreases in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Improving adherence to preventative cardiovascular medicines could result in savings of over £109 million (€126 million) per year in the United Kingdom alone, and could lead to a 35% reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality.
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Economics of new therapies in electrophysiology


Diagnostic and prognostic improvements in electrophysiology have been spectacular and mainly been attributable to the development of implantable cardiac devices, such as implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps), and resynchronization therapy pacemakers with defibrillation therapy (CRT-D). These therapies are expensive because of both up-front initial implant costs and for subsequent check-up, device replacement, and possible complications.

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Economics of new therapies for heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and hypercholesterolaemia

The aim of health professionals is to provide patients with the best possible care. Unfortunately, in doing this, they face financial and economic difficulties: the demand for healthcare because of past successes and because of the emergence of effective new technologies has often exceeded the available financial and human resources.
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