CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 2 ISSUE 4

May 14, 2010
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New guidelines propose regular heart checks for all Scots over 40

May 11, 2010

Source: Herald Scotland, 29th April 2010

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Date of publication: April 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Guidelines launched in Scotland last month specify that all patients aged 40 and over should be invited to have their blood pressure tested every five years. The standards also state that GPs should check whether their patients are smokers every two years. The manadatory guidelines focus on preventing heart disease, but patients who have developed heart disease will also be given a variety of options to help improve their health under the new standard of care.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum


MEND Programme to help Wales tackle childhood obesity

May 11, 2010

Source: eGov Monitor, 20th April 2010

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Date of publication: April 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it!) Programme will be launched soon across the country. The free, healthy lifestyle course aims to help local children become fitter and healthier, whilst having fun. The programme consists of two hour sessions twice a week after school over a ten week period. Children between the ages of 7 and 13 and their parents learn about healthy eating and how to enjoy physical activity. An independent study has shown that children who attended the MEND programme experienced long term health benefits such as improvements in cardiovascular fitness.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Welsh Assembly Government


Evaluation of a cardiovascular disease opportunistic risk assessment pilot (‘Heart MOT’ service)

May 11, 2010

Source: Journal of Public Health, 2010, 32 (1) p. 110-116

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study evaluated a pilot scheme for a cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment service in 23 community pharmacies in a UK urban setting. The pilot demonstrated that community pharmacies can support GP practices by providing a service which encourages uptake from males, Black and Asian communities and deprived communities.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Acknowledgement: Oxford Journals


Spare tyre health risk ignored – Active Fat campaigners

May 11, 2010

Source: BBC Health, 20th April 2010

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Date of publication: April 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A survey of 2085 people revealed that 97% were unaware of the health dangers of carrying excess weight around their waist. A wider waistline puts people at higher risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Three leading charities have launched the Active Fat campaign to raise awareness of the dangers, and to call for standard labelling on food.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Active Fat, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK


Cardiovascular risk prediction: basic concepts, current status and future directions

May 11, 2010

Source: Circulation, 2010, 121 (15) p. 1768-1777

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Date of publication: April 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looks at the current risk prediction models for cardiovascular disease (CVD), new directions for the research into risk models and the future of risk prediction in CVD prevention.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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2009 ACPICR Standards for physical activity and exercise in the cardiac population

May 10, 2010

Source: Cardiac Rehab UK, issue 17, May 2010, p5

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Date of publication: 16 April 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiac Rehabilitation has recently published updated guidelines, which have been expanded to include all four phases of the rehabilitation pathway. The evidence-based standards cover everything from Service level agreement on recuitment and referral, to outcome measures, health and safety, and documentation.

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 Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation;   British Heart Foundation; Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiac Rehabilitation