CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 1 ISSUE 7

August 17, 2009
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Identifying patients at risk of cardiovascular disease: a pharmacist-managed screening event

August 16, 2009

Source: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 2009, 49 (4) p. 549-553

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Date of publication: July, 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A community pharmacy managed a risk-screening programme for cardiovascular disease, which was co-ordinated by a health benefit consulting company. The pharmacist-managed screening programme was found to be a useful tool for identifying participants who were at risk from cardiovascular disease. These at-risk patients could then be asked to participate in a cardiovascular risk management service.

Length of publication: 5 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.


Cardiac rehabilitation programme for coronary heart disease patients: an integrative literature review

August 16, 2009

Source: International Journal of Nursing Practice, 2009, 15 (3) p. 131-139

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Date of publication: June, 2009

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell: A literature review was carried out to determine the effectiveness of current cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programmes, and whether nurses are part of the multidisciplinary CR teams. The 13 programmes identified in the literature review showed significant improvements in the quality of life of participants, and a reduction in depression and anxiety. Some programmes identified nurses as CR providers, but did not clearly describe their role. The review concluded that nurses in developing countries should participate in cardiac rehabilitation programmes, especially home-based CR, to improve patients’ participation.

Length of publication: 9 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.


All you have to do is call; a pilot study to improve the outcomes of patients with coronary artery disease

August 13, 2009

Source: Applied Nursing Research, 2009, 22 (2) p. 133-137

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Date of publication: May, 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A pilot study in Canada assessed the potential benefit of providing follow-up information about mental health resources to patients who had received cardiac catheterisation and were suffering from depression. Half the participants were contacted by mail, and half were contacted through a follow-up telephone call by a nurse. Both groups received information on community and hospital-based mental health resources. The results showed that early recognition strategies and referral protocols are effective in decreasing symptoms of depression in patients with coronary artery disease.

Length of publication: 5 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.


Scotland on track to hit ‘big three’ targets

August 13, 2009

Source: The Scottish Government

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Date of publication: 7th August 2009

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Statistics have been published which show that Scotland is on track to meet its targets to cut premature deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer. The Scottish Government recently launched an action plan called Better Heart Disease and Stroke Care, which aims to improve people’s health before problems develop. Measures include encouraging healthier lifestyles, improving cardiac treatment and boosting staff skills. Scotland is on track to hit its target of a 60% reduction in deaths from coronary heart disease in under 75s from 1995 levels by 2010.

Length of publication: 1 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


Taking the fight against heart disease and stroke right into the heart of the community

August 6, 2009

Source:  Healthier Horizons: the vision one year on. NHS North West, 2009.

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Date of publication:  2009

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: NHS Blackpool is one of Lancashire’s ‘Healthier Horizons Champions’. The ‘Healthy Communities’ project used small, multi-agency teams and volunteers to take services to hard-to-reach groups, going out to hotels, working men’s clubs, supermarkets and other venues in order to encourage health checks, lifestyle changes and early interventions. Includes a case study of volunteering at a soup kitchen.

Length of publication:  1 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.

 


Further dissemination

July 24, 2009

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