Retinopathy predicts coronary heart disease mortality

March 10, 2009

Source: Heart 2009; 95: 391-394

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal article, research

In a nutshell: Research carried out in Australia shows that the presence of retinopathy increases the risk of CHD mortality in people with or without diabetes. Increased CHD mortality associated with retinopathy in people without diabetes was equivalent to the presence of diabetes itself.

Length of Publication: 4 pages

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Acknowledgements:  BMJ Publishing

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Total mortality after changes in leisure time activity in 50-year old men: 35 year follow-up of population based cohort

March 10, 2009

Source: BMJ 2009; 338: b688

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal article, research

In a nutshell: Swedish study involving over 2000 men over 50 years of age, over a period of 32 years. Shows that increased physical activity in middle age can eventually reduce mortality to the same level as seen in men with constantly high physical activity.

Length of Publication: 9 pages

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Westminster primary care trust introduces programme to prevent heart disease

March 10, 2009

Source: BMJ 2009; 338: b377

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The ‘Healthy Hearts and Minds’ programme includes checks to assess vascular risk carried out at both GPs and pharmacies, a programme to prevent cardiovascular disease, and a new community cardiac team. NHS Westminster is the commissioning body.

Length of Publication: 1 page

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New study reveals swimming can cut men’s risk of dying by half

March 10, 2009

Source: Medical News Today 3 February 2009

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal article, research

In a nutshell: A new study by researchers at the University of South Carolina has shown that swimming cut the risk of men dying by about 50% compared to runners, walkers and sedentary peers. Data came fr0m 40 000 men in the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study, over a 32-year period.

Length of Publication: 1 page

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Acknowledgements: National Heart Forum Weekly e-News Briefing 4.2.09


BHF National Centre develops draft toolkit: exercise referral schemes

March 10, 2009

Source: British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Guidance

In a nutshell: The BHF National Centre recently developed a draft toolkit for the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise referral schemes. Consulation ends 27 March 2009

Length of Publication: 203 pages

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Acknowledgements: National Heart Forum weekly e-news briefing 25.2.09


Secondary prevention clinics for coronary heart disease: a 10 year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial in primary care

March 10, 2009

Source: Heart 2008; 94: 1419-1423

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Year of Publication: 2008

Publication Type: Journal article, research

In a nutshell: Evaluates the effects of nurse-led secondary prevention clinics 10 years on, and suggests that the earlier secondary prevention is optimised, the less likely a subsequent coronary event is to be fatal.

Length of Publication: 6 pages

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Acknowledgements: BMJ Publishing and the British Cardiovascular Society


NHS Blackburn with Darwen uses software tool to identify patients at risk of heart disease

March 10, 2009

Source: British Journal of Healthcare Computing and Information Management 23 February 2009

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Within weeks of implementing software tool CDRIntell from Health Intelligence, the Trust had identified an additional 14000 patients at risk of, or with, CVD.  The tool provides a comprehensive structured and stepped approach to inviting patients for risk assessment.

Length of Publication: 1 page

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