CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 3 Issue 4

April 14, 2011

Yoga halves irregular heartbeat episodes – US study

April 11, 2011

Source: Reuters

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A small US study has found that yoga can halve the episodes of atrial fibrillation, as well as reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression related to the condition. The participants involved in the study had no prior experience of yoga and their experiences of irregular heartbeat were measured over a six-month period.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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£10 million boost for Scottish telehealth

April 11, 2011

Source: E-Health Insider

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The Scottish government has announced that it is to invest more than £10 million in a new pilot involving 10,000 older people, including those with long-term conditions, and the use of healthcare technology.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Effectiveness-based guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease

April 11, 2011

Source: Circulation, 2011, 123 (11) p.1243-1262

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: Practice guidelines

In a nutshell: The 2011 update of these guidelines published by the American Heart Association include therapies that have been shown to have sufficient evidence of clinical benefit for cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes. The recommendations prioritise lifestyle approaches to the prevention of CVD and the most cost-effective strategies. The panel acknowledge that difficulty adhering to lifestyle and medical recommendations limits effectiveness so there is a new section on guideline implementation.

Length of publication: 20 pages

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Acknowledgement: American Heart Association


Statin treatment for primary prevention of vascular disease

April 11, 2011

Source: BMJ, 2011, 342 (7801) p.811

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Cost-effectiveness analysis of daily treatment of low-dose statins for primary prevention of vascular disease based in the Netherlands, including current prices and the cost of non-adherence. Calculations showed that statins for primary prevention did not seem to be cost-effective in populations at low risk of vascular disease. Adherence to statin treatment needs to be improved.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Physical activity patterns – children in England

April 7, 2011

Source: British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) – Physical activity and health

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Date of publication: 21 March 2011

Publication type: Report; Statistics

In a nutshell: This publication pulls together the latest facts and statistics from sources such as the Health Survey for England and the National Travel Survey. Covers physical activity levels generally and during the school day, travel to school, PE and sport, as well as sedentary behaviour.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Acknowledgement: Nations Heart Forum eNews Briefing 23.3.2011


Primary angioplasty and health information provision

April 6, 2011

Source: NHS Improvement – Heart

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Best practice

In a nutshell: Patients are now spending less time in hospital following a heart attack and primary angioplasty. This document emphasises the importance of ensuring that patients are properly informed and educated afterwards about their condition and the steps necessary in order that they make a good recovery and maintain their health in the future.

Length of publication: 16 pages

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