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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Acknowledgement: NHS Hounslow and Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust