CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2

March 15, 2010

Evaluation of a community pharmacy-based intervention for improving patient adherence to antihypertensives

March 10, 2010

Source: BMC Health Services Research, 2010, 10 (34)

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Date of publication: February, 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study protocol aims to test a package of interventions by community pharmacists to improve patients’ daily adherence to their antihypertensive medications. Fifty-six pharmacies in Australia will take part in the six month trial, after which time changes in patient adherence and persistance will be measured.

Length of publication: 7 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: BioMed Central


Role of waist circumference in predicting the risk of high blood pressure in children

March 10, 2010

Source: International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 2010, 5 (2), 143-150

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Date of publication: April, 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study aimed to evaluate the use of measuring waist circumference to identify children with high blood pressure. The researchers analysed data on body mass index, waist circumference and blood pressure in 3,678 children. The results showed that waist circumference is a controversial marker in high-risk children of normal weight.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Prevention of cardiovascular disease: why do we neglect the most potent intervention?

March 10, 2010

Source: Heart, 2010, 96 (4), 261-2

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Date of publication: February, 2010

Publication type: Commentary

In a nutshell: Physical activity, even when taken up later in life, has been shown to greatly decrease mortality risk. However, it is not a serious prescription option for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. The authors argue that prescribing physical activity, not drugs, should be the standard option in cardiovascular disease prevention.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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The effect of giving global coronary risk information to adults

March 10, 2010

Source: Archives of internal medicine, 2010, 170 (3), 230-239

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Date of publication: February, 2010

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: Estimating the risk of global coronary heart disease is recommended for primary prevention in the USA. A systematic review of the literature was performed in order to evaluate the effects of giving out this information to adults and whether having the information improved outcomes. The studies in the review showed that the information increased patients’ accuracy of the perceived risk, especially in moderate and high risk individuals.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Effect of school based physical activity programme (KISS)

March 10, 2010

Source: BMJ, 23 February 2010

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Date of publication: 23rd February, 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: A randomised controlled trial took place in 15 elementary schools in Switzerland over one year. A physical activity programme was introduced with the aim of improving physical and psychological health. Body fat, aerobic fitness, physical activity and quality of life were primary outcomes. Body mass index and cardiovascular risk score were secondary outcome measures.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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A guide to commissioning cardiac surgical services

March 10, 2010

Source: NHS Improvement

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Date of publication: February, 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: In 2008-9, eight NHS trusts were involved as demonstration sites to test out new approaches to care and improvements to patient services. This publication provides examples of where these sites have delivered innovation within their service.

Length of publication: 60 pages

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Continuous exercise in the community

March 9, 2010

Source: Cardiac Rehab UK  issue 16, January 2010, p 2

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Date of publication: January 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Led by a CR nurse and a specialist physiotherapist, delivered in a community hall in a rural village in Carmarthenshire, this is an example of local sustainable cardiac rehabilitation support for patients out in a rural community.  Transition from Phase 3 to Phase 4 is higher than the national average, as is the level of retention at Phase 4.

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: British Heart Foundation


HEART UK Familial hypercholesterolaemia toolkit

March 9, 2010

Source: Heart Improvement eBulletin: issue 131, 23 February 2010

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Date of publication: 2010

Publication type: Best Practice

In a nutshell: This toolkit is intended to assist commissioners and service providers with implementation of the NICE FH guideline 71 (2008).  The prevalence of FH, which greatly increases risk of death from premature heart disease,  is thought to be at a level equivalent to type 1 diabetes in the population. Up to 85% of patients with the condition have not yet been identified or treated. The toolkit mainly covers developing services, diagnosing patients and rolling out cascade testing.

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: HEART UK


Secondary prevention through cardiac rehabilitation: from knowledge to implementation

March 9, 2010

Source: European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation February 2010, volume 17(1), pp 1-17

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Date of publication: February 2010

Publication type: Journal article, review

In a nutshell: This position paper from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation provides practical recommendations to support interventions that are known to reduce mortality and morbidity in different cardiovascular conditions – in particular, exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation. Provides tables covering all cardiovascular conditions as well as tables for each individual clinical disease.

Length of publication: 17 pages

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Acknowledgement: European Society of Cardiology


Further dissemination

March 9, 2010

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