CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 1 ISSUE 8

September 11, 2009

The Strong Women – Healthy Hearts program

September 11, 2009

Source: American Journal of Public Health, 2009, 99 (7) p. 1271-1277

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Date of publication: July, 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article examines a rural US community-based service designed to reduce cardiovascular risk factors. Participants were sedentary midlife or older women who were overweight or obese. Those who participated in the twice-weekly heart health programme for 12 weeks showed improvements in various areas such as body weight, waist circumference and physical activity.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Should coronary calcium screening be used in cardiovascular prevention strategies?

September 11, 2009

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2009, 361 (10) p. 990-997

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Date of publication: September, 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article discusses whether the use of routine widespread coronary-artery calcium (CAC) scanning would lead to an improvement in quality of care and clinical outcomes.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Cardiac rehabilitation programme for coronary heart disease patients

September 11, 2009

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

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Date of publication: June, 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The purpose of this literature review was to ascertain the effectiveness of current cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programmes and to determine the role of nurses in multidisciplinary CR teams. Thirteen studies were included, of which eight included nurses as CR providers, but did not have clear descriptions of their role.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Fears raised over cardiac rehab

September 3, 2009

Source:  BBC News 24 August 2009

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Date of publication:  24 August 2009

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell:  The 2009 National Audit of  Cardiac Rehabilitation services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland found that, of 135,000 eleigible patients, only 38% received the proper rehabilitation care. Women were particularly underrepresented. In addition, no single cardiac rehabilitation programme met the minimum staffing requirements.

Length of publication:  1 web page

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Acknowledgement:  British Heart Foundation 24 August 2009; National Heart Forum Weekly e-News Briefing 26 August 2009


Coronary heart disease mortality among young adults in Scotland in relation to social inequalities

September 3, 2009

Source:  BMJ 14 July 2009, 339, b2613

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Date of publication:  14 July 2009

Publication type:  Research

In a nutshell:  Researchers from the Division of Public Health, University of Liverpool, and ISD Scotland, Edinburgh, report that the decline in CHD mortality has slowed across England and Wales, France, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and now Scotland, where the flattening has occurred in younger men and women in the two-fifths of the population who are most socially deprived. This may represent an early warning sign.

Length of publication:  7 pages

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Acknowledgement: BMJ Publishing


A modern fairy tale

September 3, 2009

Source:  European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation August 2009, volume 16 (suppl 2), S65-S67

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Date of publication:  August 2009

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Robert Ferrera, Chair of Cardiology at the University of Ferrara, Gabriele Guardigli, and Luigi Tavazzi, GVM Hospitals of Care and Research, Cotignola, Italy, report on the appointment of the city of Ferrara as the  ‘city of prevention’  in Italy. With a population of 134,000, a number of initiatives across the whole city have been launched, designed to further improve CVD prevention by improving the lifestyles of the whole population.

Length of publication:  3 pages

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Acknowledgement:  European Society of Cardiology