CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 1 ISSUE 11

December 10, 2009

Worksite wellness programs for cardiovascular disease prevention

December 9, 2009

Source: Circulation, 2009, 120 (17) p. 1725-1741

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Date of publication: October, 2009

Publication type: Policies

In a nutshell: Wellness programmes in the workplace are an opportunity to prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke in a large segment of the population. The American Heart Association has a long history of participating in worksite wellness programmes and is committed to updating recommendations on these schemes, based on current knowledge of effective programmes and strategies.

Length of publication: 17 page article

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: American Heart Association


Telemonitoring in heart failure

December 9, 2009

Source: Heart, 2009, 95 (23) p. 1964-1968

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Date of publication: December, 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: An increasingly elderly population living with heart failure requires high quality disease management programmes which can reach out to patients in their normal living environment. Telemonitoring enables the patient and the healthcare professional to recognise problems and resolve issues together, and reduces unnecessary travel to hospital.

Length of publication: 6 page article

Some important notes: You will need an NHS Athens username and password to access this article. Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: Education in Heart


Active club grants: a practical way to support more Victorians to get active

December 9, 2009

Source: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), Australia 

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Date of publication: October 2009

Publication type: Case study

In a nutshell: VicHealth has made over 8000 grants to local sports and recreational organisations over the past 20 years, aiming to significantly increase participation levels, and improve safety and training for both participants and volunteers.  This survey and case study evaluation demonstrates the highly positive impact of the grants on local physical activity participation. 

Length of publication: 16 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum weekly e-News briefing 18 November 2009


Effect of tailored practice and patient care plans on secondary prevention of heart disease in general practice: cluster randomized controlled trial

December 8, 2009

Source: BMJ, 29 October 2009, 339, b4220

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Date of publication: 29 October 2009

Publication type: Journal article, research

In a nutshell: Research carried out over 18 months in 48 general practices across Northern Ireland and Ireland, with 903 patients already known to have coronary heart disease.   The use of tailored care plans with general practice-led 4-monthly reviews, resulted in significantly reduced admissions to hospital.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: You will need an NHS Athens username and password to access this article. Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum e-News Briefing 2.12.2009


Delivering the NHS health check: a practical guide to point-of-care testing

December 7, 2009

Source: NHS Improvement: heart

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Best practice

In a nutshell: A practical guide, covering the pros and cons of using point-of-care testing (POCT), the issues and challenges, along with possible solutions. Includes useful case studies from PCTs around the UK.

Length of publication: 20 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement:  Heart Improvement e-bulletin 16 November 2009


Further dissemination

December 7, 2009

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