Physical activity statistics 2015

February 10, 2015

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: Statistics

In a nutshell: This is an update of the 2012 publication by the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention. The new report highlights the importance of physical activity to cardiovascular health. It documents physical activity levels and sedentary behaviour of children and adults in the UK. Statistics are grouped by region and by household income, as well as by type of activity. Comparisons are given with EU statistics. There is also a chapter on cardiac rehabilitation.

Length of publication: 124 pages

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Sugar swap campaign launched by Public Health England

January 20, 2015

Source: Guidelines in Practice

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Sugar Swaps is a new campaign launched by Public Health England Change4Life. It encourages families to cut back on sugar by substituting sugary snacks for food such as plain cereal, fruit and drinks with no sugar added. It also offers free guidance, money-off vouchers and weekly e-mails and texts with advice on reducing sugar consumption.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Change4Life


A cardiovascular disease policy model that predicts life expectancy

January 19, 2015

Source: Heart, 2015, 101 (3) p. 201-208

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Policies

In a nutshell: The primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a policy priority and should include the aim of reducing health inequalities. This CVD policy model was developed using data from the Scottish Heart Health Extended Cohort. It estimates the impact of risk factor modification on CVD events and non-CVD mortality to predict life expectancy, taking into account socio-economic deprivation. This policy tool can be used to estimate the impact of primary prevention interventions on life expectancy. It can also assess the impact of interventions on inequalities.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Helicon brings hearty service to GPs

December 11, 2014

Source: Ehealth Insider

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Helicon Health, a spin-out company of University College London, is working with Inhealthcare to integrate its heart condition management and education software with Inhealthcare’s self-monitoring system. This service is being used by two hospitals and 33 community sites and enables clinicians to manage patients with atrial fibrillation in the community instead of in hospital. It also allows patients to monitor their condition at home.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Experts call for new focus on physical activity

November 7, 2014

Source: BBC News Health

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The effects of inactivity are linked to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Many people are failing to meet the recommended level of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. This report focuses on a community-based competition called ‘Beat the Street’ to challenge inactivity. It is based mainly in primary schools but also encourages participation from GP surgeries, local clubs and businesses. The GP who devised this scheme says that 10% more people meet the recommended level of activity after Beat the Street, and 22% of people who were physically inactive before the scheme have become more active.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Healthier lives: diabetes, hypertension and NHS Health Check

November 6, 2014

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Healthier Lives is a new interactive tool which shows the large variation in prevalence and treatment of hypertension and diabetes around England as well as the provision of the NHS Health Check to prevent heart disease and other conditions. The data allows people to see how their GP surgery, CCG and Local Authority are performing compared to the national average.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Press release


Chest pain symptom scoring can improve the quality of referrals

November 4, 2014

Source: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: Case study

In a nutshell: GPs need to identify patients who are presenting with either possible or typical angina problems and refer them for specialist assessment to a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic (RACPC). However, there is a possibility that GPs may be cautiously over-diagnosing angina. This study incorporated chest pain symptom scoring in to the referral form, which resulted in improved GP discrimination of chest pain and fewer avoidable referrals.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Acknowledgement: Barking and Havering NHS Trust


Minister defends controversial NHS Health Checks programme

July 14, 2014

Source: The BMJ

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The NHS Health Checks Programme was designed to cut cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. People aged 40 – 74 are invited to attend a check-up once every five years to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. However, the programme has been criticised for being ineffective and a waste of money. Jane Ellison, the public health minister for England, defended the programme when she appeared before MPs on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

Length of publication: 1 page

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The management of atrial fibrillation: summary of updated NICE guidance

July 11, 2014

Source: The BMJ

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Practice Guidelines

In a nutshell: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has produced a Patient Decision Aid (PDA) to be used in conjunction with its guidance on the management of atrial fibrillation. The PDA is designed to help patients weigh up the possible advantages and disadvantages of the different options for treatment, in order to be able to discuss the alternatives with a health professional.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Acknowledgement: Initial publication of BMJ article about the practice guideline June 2014


The cost effectiveness of ivabradine in the treatment of chronic heart failure

June 19, 2014

Source: Heart, 2014, 100 (13) p. 1031-6

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This economic evaluation assessed the cost-effectiveness of ivabradine from the perspective of the UK National Health Service, based on the results of the SHIfT trial. Ivabradine is expected to have a 95% chance of being cost-effective in the EU-licensed population using the current NICE cost-effectiveness threshold of £20,000 per QALY.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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A gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for overweight and obese men

April 11, 2014

Source: The Lancet, 2014 (383), 1211-1221

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study was a randomised controlled trial of 747 male football fans aged 35-65. Participants in the intervention group received a 12 session weekly weight loss and healthy living programme, and were assessed after one year. The researchers found that the programme helped to achieve changes in weight loss, blood pressure, self-reported physical activity and other areas. It succeeded in reaching high-risk men who were not attracted to other weight management programmes.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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The cost effectiveness of ivabradine in the treatment of chronic heart failure

March 17, 2014

Source: Heart Online First

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This economic evaluation suggests that use of the drug ivabradine for heart failure (HF) is cost-effective for patients with HF.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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