CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 1 ISSUE 6

July 14, 2009
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An independent external validation and evaluation of QRISK cardiovascular risk prediction

July 14, 2009

Source: British Medical Journal 13th July 2009 e-pub ahead of print

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Date of publication: July 2009

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: The objective of this independent study was to evaluate the QRISK score for predicting the 10 year risk of cardiovascular disease. The research found that QRISK offered an improved performance when compared with the Anderson Framingham equation. 274 general practices in England and Wales participated in the study.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Reducing deaths from killer diseases

July 10, 2009

Source: The Scottish Government

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Date of publication: June 2009

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The Scottish Government has announced a new Better Heart Disease and Stroke Care Action Plan as part of its national quality strategy. The plan aims to improve cardiac and stroke treatment, increase staff skills and encourage patients to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum


2009 Canadian Hypertension Education Program recommendations: the scientific summary

July 10, 2009

Source: Canadian Journal of Cardiology 2009, 25 (5) p. 271-277

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Date of publication: May 2009

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report outlines the recommendations of the Canadian Hypertension Education Program for the management of hypertension. Emphasis is placed on promoting lifestyle changes, encouraging home measurement of blood pressure, screening for cardiovascular risks and antihypertensive drug therapy.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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.


A cardiovascular risk clinic using home BP monitoring

July 10, 2009

Source: Australian Family Physician 2009, 38 (3) p. 163-166

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Date of publication: March 2009

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study involved a nurse-GP protocol driven cardiovascular risk review clinic in an Australian city. Patients with hypertension were invited to the clinic for two appointments, and then continued to measure their blood pressure from home. They were reviewed monthly until their blood pressure was within National Heart Foundation guidelines.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Working with people to cut their risk

July 8, 2009

Source:  Irish Times, 9 June 2009

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Date of publication: June 2009

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  Croi MyAction, in the West of Ireland, is an innovative community-based 16-week programme. It will be offered free-of-charge to coronary patients, and people identified as having a greater than 5% risk of dying from heart disease in the next 10 years, plus their partners and families. 450 people in the first year, will be offered one-to-one appointments, group exercises and health promotion workshops, designed to bring about sustainable lifestyle changes. Participants’ progress will be monitored by family doctors as part of a multi-disciplinary approach.

Length of publication:  1 web page

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 10.6.09


Heart to heart: inherited cardiovascular conditions services

July 6, 2009

Source:  Foundation for Genomics and Population Health (PHG Foundation)

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Date of publication:  June 2009

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  The final report from a needs assessment and review of current clinical services in the UK for patients with inherited cardiovascular conditions. There is great inequity of provision of services, with patients in some areas having no or very limited access to services.

Length of publication:  1 web page, leading to 164 page full report, or 20 page executive summary

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:  NHS Improvement: Heart Improvement eBulletin 15 June 2009. See also presentations from Cardiac Network and Inherited Cardiac Conditions Service Providers event 15 June 2009.