Health impact of physical activity

April 12, 2013

Source: South West Public Health Observatory, (now part of Public Health England)

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The Health Impact of Physical Activity (HIPA) is a tool for Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. It has been developed to estimate how many cases of conditions such as coronary heart disease could be prevented in each local authority in England if 40-79 year olds did the recommended amount of physical activity.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Public Health England

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Consultation on the draft document ‘Together for health – a cardiac delivery plan’

August 15, 2012

Source: Welsh Government

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: Care plan

In a nutshell: Cardiac disease is the largest cause of death among the Welsh population. The Welsh Government has launched a draft strategy for a National Cardiac Delivery Plan, setting out its vision for Wales and what this entails for cardiac services in the NHS. The consultation is now open for comment, and will remain open until the 26th October 2012. Views from clinicians, NHS managers and service users are welcome.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Failure to deal with long-term health problems ‘costs NHS £13bn a year’

February 14, 2012

Source: The Guardian

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A new report published by the King’s Fund: ‘Longterm conditions and mental health – the cost of co-morbidities’ has found that those suffering with conditions such as heart disease are two to three times more likely to suffer mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, costing up to 45% more to treat. The King’s Fund states that there has been a failure in identifying problems and providing support. Mental health provision should not be ‘tacked on to physical care’ but should play an integral part. It warns that the number of people with co-morbid longterm physical and mental health problems is expected to rise by a third over the next decade. The report makes a number of recommendations to improve integration between chronic disease management, primary care services and mental health support.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: The King’s Fund


Telehealth trial shows early success

January 13, 2012

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: December 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) programme was established in 2008 to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of telehealth, and focused on heart disease, COPD and diabetes. It was the largest randomised controlled trial of telehealth in the world, covering three sites in the UK and 238 GP practices. This news item contains a link to the headline findings of the WSD programme, which were published on 5th December 2011 and show that telehealth can help to plan care for people with long-term conditions.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Promoting global cardiovascular health: moving forward

May 9, 2011

Source: Circulation, 2011, 123(15) p. 1671-1678

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report examines the various barriers that hinder global efforts to control cardiovascular disease. It suggests a number of recommendations for funding, policy implementation, data management, research and global co-ordination.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Acknowledgement: American Heart Association


Cancer and cardiovascular models of care have been published

September 14, 2010

Source: Commissioning Support for London

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Date of publication: August 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Commissioning Support for London (CSL) has been working with clinicians and patients to develop a new model of care for cardiovascular and cancer services in London. CSL found that certain areas of the service could be addressed to improve the patient experience and provide better clinical outcomes. The report focuses on three key areas: vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and cardiology. A summary of the proposed model of care for future cardiovascular service provision has been published and is available for consultation and comment until 31st October.

Length of publication: 35 pages

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Acknowledgement: NHS Improvement


Defining and setting national goals for cardiovascular health promotion and disease reduction

February 10, 2010

Source: Circulation, 2010, 121 (4) p. 586-613

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Date of publication: February 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Recommendations of the Goals and Metrics Committee of the Strategic Planning Task Force of the American Heart Association (AHA). This committee has determined the metrics needed to monitor cardiovascular health over time, and recommends goals for further reductions in cardiovascular disease and stroke mortality. Its Impact Goals are: ‘By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%’. These goals will require new strategic directions from the AHA in its research, clinical, public health and advocacy programmes for cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention in the next decade and beyond.

Length of publication: 28 pages

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Acknowledgement: American Heart Association