CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 1 ISSUE 9

October 14, 2009

Health walk wins national accolade

October 12, 2009

Source:  NHS Blackpool Latest News 22 September 2009

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Date of publication: 22 September 2009

Publication type:  Press Release

In a nutshell:  The ‘Steps to Health’ scheme began in Summer 2003, and now offers 6 programmed walks per week, which attract around 30 people per walk. A number of the original walkers are now acting as volunteer walk leaders. The scheme has recently been awarded accreditation by ‘Walking the Way to Health’, and is aimed at getting people walking in their own communities, especially those who previously took little or no exercise.

Length of publication: 3 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: NHS Blackpool


CVD prevention in Europe: the unfinished agenda

October 11, 2009

Source: European Heart Network: EuroHeart

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Date of publication: September 2009

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: National plans, policies and measures impacting on cardiovascular health promotion and cardiovascular disease prevention.

Length of publication: 60 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.



Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cardiac and Stroke Network – workstreams/pathways

October 11, 2009

Source: Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cardiac and Stroke Network

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The Network’s work programme derives from the local Cardiac Strategy 2008-2011. Workstreams include the following pathways: chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, adults with congenital heart disease, and cardiac rehabilitation.

Length of publication: 1 website

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 21 September 2009


National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation: Annual statistical report 2009

October 11, 2009

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: August 2009

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This third annual audit looks at local and national cardiac rehabilitation services, including issues such as waiting times, and rate of uptake of services. Results across the country are disappointingly patchy, with evidence of inequitable service provision. Discusses the most effective ways of delivering cardiac rehabilitation services.

Length of publication: 64 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.



ACCF/AHA 2009 Performance measures for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults

October 11, 2009

Source: Circulation, 29 September 2009, vol. 120 (13), pp 1296-1336

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Date of publication: September, 2009

Publication type: Journal article; report

In a nutshell: A report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association Task Force on Performance Measures. Developed in collaboration with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Preventive Cardiovasular Nurses Association.

Length of publication: 42 pages

Some important notes: You may 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.


New cardiology clinic at the heart of Hounslow

October 9, 2009

Source: NHS Networks

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Date of publication: October, 2009

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: NHS Hounslow, in partnership with Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, has set up a pilot weekly clinic in the community to offer patients access to a hospital consultant, diagnostic tests and treatment normally available only in a hospital setting. The pilot will run for three months and will offer appointments to 10 or 12 patients each week.

Length of publication: 2 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: NHS Hounslow and Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust


Closing the gap: tackling cardiovascular disease and health inequalities

October 8, 2009

Source: Care Quality Commission

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Date of publication: September, 2009

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report calls for a renewed drive to reduce the number of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) by prescribing statins, promoting stop smoking services and cholesterol management. Poorer areas of the country in particular should be targeted for these improvements. The national study found that health inequalities still exist between people in the most deprived areas compared with those in other parts of the country, of which CVD is the biggest cause.

Length of publication: 44 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.


Evaluation of the physical activity care pathway London feasibility pilot

October 8, 2009

Source: NHS Evidence Health Management Specialist Collection

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Date of publication: December, 2008

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The Commissioning Guidance ‘Let’s Get Moving’ (LGM) has been tested by the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health. The feasibility trial was undertaken in 14 surgeries. The results demonstrated that LGM is feasible for delivery in primary care and should be suitable for wide-scale implementation.

Length of publication: 162 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: The King’s Fund


Identifying primary care patients at risk for future diabetes and cardiovascular disease

October 8, 2009

Source: BMC Health Services Research, 2009, 9, 170

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Date of publication: September, 2009

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Electronic health record (EHR) data from 12 primary care practices was analysed for risk factor clustering using metabolic syndrome characteristics. New incidences of diabetes and coronary heart disease were examined over the next three years. The results of the research showed that risk factor clustering in EHR data identified primary care patients at increased risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Acknowledgement: BioMed Central


NHS Stockport launches Europe’s first service to reduce avoidable hospital admissions

October 6, 2009

Source: NHS Stockport

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Date of publication: September, 2009

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: NHS Stockport is launching a new service which bridges the gap between emergency services and self-care at home. The Stockport Early Intervention Service (EIS) treats patients with chronic longterm illnesses and ambulatory conditions such as congestive cardiac failure, who are often treated in A&E although their conditions can often be treated in the community. Patients will be referred to the EIS by their GP or community nurse for services ranging from medical advice or diagnosis to investigation and treatment.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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Further Dissemination

September 18, 2009

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