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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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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‘Physical literacy’ programme for Scottish schools

August 9, 2013

Source: The Scotsman

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Date of publication: 21st July 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Every local authority in Scotland is planning to introduce the ‘Better Movers and Thinkers’ initiative in schools next term. This ‘physical literacy’ programme is based on a training model used by Olympic athletes and football players. It has been used in Canadian and Australian schools, and a pilot scheme in North Lanarkshire recorded improvements in behaviour and attendance and had a positive effect on girls in particular.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Could blood tests pick up early ‘silent’ heart disease?

October 9, 2012

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A clinical trial in Dundee gave blood tests to 300 people with high blood pressure or cholesterol. The tests were for troponin and b-type natriuretic peptide. Positive tests were often associated with damage to the heart at an early stage. In the future, these tests, coupled with a simple heart scan, could be used to identify people with very early signs of heart disease. They could then be treated to prevent the disease from progressing.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Journal of the American College of Cardiology


A review of telehealth in Scotland

November 10, 2011

Source: The King’s Fund Information & Library Service

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Date of publication: October 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Telehealth has the potential to provide NHS services more efficiently. This report looks at how the NHS in Scotland is using various technologies such as mobile phones, video-conferencing and self-monitoring equipment. The report gives some examples of cardiology services which have used video-conferencing.

Length of publication: 34 pages

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£10 million boost for Scottish telehealth

April 11, 2011

Source: E-Health Insider

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The Scottish government has announced that it is to invest more than £10 million in a new pilot involving 10,000 older people, including those with long-term conditions, and the use of healthcare technology.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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New guidelines propose regular heart checks for all Scots over 40

May 11, 2010

Source: Herald Scotland, 29th April 2010

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Date of publication: April 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Guidelines launched in Scotland last month specify that all patients aged 40 and over should be invited to have their blood pressure tested every five years. The standards also state that GPs should check whether their patients are smokers every two years. The manadatory guidelines focus on preventing heart disease, but patients who have developed heart disease will also be given a variety of options to help improve their health under the new standard of care.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum