CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 2 ISSUE 10

November 15, 2010
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Testosterone levels and cardiovascular disease

November 11, 2010

Source: Heart, 2010, 96 (22) p. 1787-1788

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Date of publication: November 2010

Publication type: Editorial

In a nutshell: Emerging data suggest a link between low testosterone concentrations and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease in men. This editorial discusses whether testosterone measurements should be included in the evaluation of cardiovascular risk in male patients, and the value of prescribing testosterone supplementation.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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Interventions to promote cycling: systematic review

November 11, 2010

Source: BMJ 2010;341:c5293

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Date of publication: October 2010

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: Controlled trials and experimental or observational studies from seven countries were analysed to determine what interventions are effective in promoting cycling.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Cost-effectiveness of interventions to reduce dietary salt intake

November 11, 2010

Source: Heart, Online First

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Date of publication: November 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study examined an Australian programme of incentives for the moderate reduction of salt in processed foods, a government mandate for moderate salt limits and dietary advice given to those with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The study found that mandatory and voluntary reductions in the salt content of processed food were cost-saving interventions,and even greater health benefits could be achieved with government legislation. Dietary advice was not found to be as cost-effective.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Multimarker approach for the prediction of heart failure

November 11, 2010

Source: Circulation, 2010, 122 (17) p. 1700-1706

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Date of publication: October 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: The authors of this study applied a multimarker strategy in order to identify key biomarkers for the prediction of heart failure risk. B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) were identified as being key predictors of heart failure risk.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Smoking breeding health inequalities, says FPH

November 10, 2010

Source: UK Faculty of Public Health

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Date of publication:  27 October 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This item highlights the north/south divide shown by the local tobacco control profiles for England, recently published by the Association of Public Health Observatories. The profiles give the rates, costs and actions of every local authority and primary care trust in the country.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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Cardiac rehabilitation commissioning pack

November 10, 2010

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: 21 October 2010

Publication type: Press release and resources

In a nutshell:  The pack consists of a service specification, a costing tool, procurement advice and templates to assist Commissioners – whether existing PCT or shadow GP Commissioning bodies.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus supporting documents

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