Introduction podcast

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Dr Nigel Stout, Consultant Geriatrician
Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland
Dr Nigel Stout gives a brief introduction about the podcasts in the series.
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The views expressed in these podcasts are of the individuals and do not necessarily represent the views of the BGS

Syncope podcast

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Dr Steve W Parry, Chairman, BGS CV Section - Senior Lecturer
Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Steve Parry, a consultant physician at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne discusses the investigation and management of syncope. The emphasis is on the evaluation of the syncopal patient and diagnostic pitfalls that can arise. Dr Parry also discusses some controversial areas and outlines useful guidance regarding driving and syncope.
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Weblinks

NICE TLOC
ESC Syncope Guidelines 2009
NICE Epilepsy
STARS patient support website
DVLA At a Glance guidance Aug 2010
Falls and syncope in acute medicine algorithms - link broken - to follow shortly

References

Parry SW, Tan MP
An approach to the evaluation and management of syncope in adults
BMJ, 2010;34:c880

Parry SW, Reeve P, Lawson J, Shaw FE, Davison J, Norton M, Frearson R, Kerr SJR, Newton JL
The Newcastle Protocols 2008: An update on head-up tilt table testing and the management of vasovagal syncope and related disorders
Heart 2009;95:416-20

Sheldon R, Rose S, Ritchie D, Connolly SJ, Koshman ML, Lee MA, Frenneaux M, Fisher M, Murphy W
Historical criteria that distinguish syncope from seizures
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2002 Jul 3;40(1):142-8

Quinn JV, Stiell IG, McDermott DA et al
Derivation of the San Francisco Syncope Rule to predict patients with short-term serious outcomes
Ann Emerg Med 2004;43(2):224-32

Serrano LA, Hess EP, Bellolio MF et al
Accuracy and quality of clinical decision rules for syncope in the emergency department: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Ann Emerg Med 2010 Oct;56(4):362-373

van Dijk JG, Thijs RD, Benditt DG, Wieling W
A guide to disorders causing transient loss of consciousness: focus on syncope
Nat Reve Neurol 2009 Aug;5(8):438-48

The views expressed in these podcasts are of the individuals and do not necessarily represent the views of the BGS

Heart failure podcast

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Dr John Baxter, Consultant Geriatrician
Sunderland Royal Hospital
Dr John Baxter is a Consultant in Geriatric Medicine at Sunderland Royal Infirmary. In this podcast he outlines recent developments in heart failure investigation and management. Topics include the utility of BNP in heart failure diagnosis, the use of biventricular pacing in older patients with heart failure and the role of palliative care in heart failure.
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Weblinks

ICE CHF Guideline 2010
NICE ICD Guideline 2006
BGS cardiovascular section
British Society for Heart Failure

References

Shift Trial
Swedberg, K., et al
Ivabradine and outcomes in chronic heart failure (SHIFT): a randomised placebo-controlled study
LANCET, 2010. 376(9744): p. 875-885

Emphasis Trial
Zanand, F et al
Elperone in patients with systolic heart failure and mild symptoms
NEJM Nov 2010

The views expressed in these podcasts are of the individuals and do not necessarily represent the views of the BGS

Vascular dementia podcast

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Professor John O’Brien
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Professor John O’Brien, professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the Institute of Ageing and Health at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, discusses the dementias. Topics include the role of vascular disease in dementia, the clinical features and diagnosis of vascular dementia, current therapies for dementia and possibilities for future treatments.
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Weblinks

References

The views expressed in these podcasts are of the individuals and do not necessarily represent the views of the BGS