CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 3 Issue 3

March 16, 2011

Public health importance of triggers of myocardial infarction: a comparative risk assessment

March 9, 2011

Source: The Lancet, 26 February 2011, vol 377 (9767), pp 732-740

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Researchers at the Centre for Environmental Science at Hasselt University in Belgium have reviewed a large number of epidemiological studies looking at triggers such as alcohol, anger, marijuana, physical exertion, in regard to the onset of MI. Air pollution turns out to be an important trigger, which may be very significant in public health terms.

Length of publication: 9 pages 

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Obesity is associated with fatal coronary heart disease independently of traditional risk factors and deprivation

March 9, 2011

Source: Heart (online first), 14 February 2011 

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Date of publication: 14 February 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Over 6000 men with hypercholesterolaemia participated in the West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study BMI, and were followed up over 15 years. An analysis of the data suggests that obesity is associated with fatal, but not non-fatal, coronary heart disease, independently of other risk factors and deprivation.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum e-Research Briefing 3.03.2011


An epidemic of risk factors for cardiovascular disease

March 9, 2011

Source: The Lancet, 12 February 2011, vol 377(9765), pp 527

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Date of publication: 12 February 2011

Publication type: Editorial, Journal Article

In a nutshell: The three articles in this edition of  The Lancet have been published on behalf of the Global Burden of Metabolic Risk Factors of Chronic Diseases Collaborating Groups on BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol, respectively. They focus on national, regional and global trends in body-mass index, systolic blood pressure and serum total cholesterol 1980 – 2008, across 199 countries. An epidemic is clearly developing, but each risk factor is considered to be modifiable.

Length of publication: 1 page plus 3 related articles

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Investments that work for physical activity

March 9, 2011

Source: British Heart Foundation National Centre physical activity and health

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Seven evidence-based ‘best investments’ to increase population-wide participation in physical activity; the aim being to significantly reduce the risk from inactivity of various non-communicable diseases, including heart disease.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus associated document

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: Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA)


Sharing practice: raising the profile of physical activity within primary care

March 9, 2011

Source: British Heart Foundation National Centre physical activity and health

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: Case studies

In a nutshell: This booklet emerged from the BHFNC’s 10th Annual Conference: ‘The cure for all ills is not to sit still’. Includes a selection of physical activity projects and case studies. Engagement with GP commissioning consortia will be important in order to keep physical activity firmly part of the primary care prevention and treatment agenda.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus associated document

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Further dissemination

March 9, 2011

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