CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 3 Issue 7

August 19, 2011

Prescribing exercise in primary care: ten practical steps

August 15, 2011

Source: BMJ

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication type: Editorial

In a nutshell: Pratical advice for exercise prescription to encourage patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle and help them maintain it. One tip recommends the use of e-mail and text reminders, website support and smartphone apps.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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Effectiveness of a Canteen Take Away concept in promoting healthy eating

August 15, 2011

Source: Public Health Nutrition (first view article)

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This Danish study investigated the Canteen Take Away (CTA), a relatively new concept which provides employees with healthy ready-to-heat meals to take home to their families. The research showed that the CTA is an effective tool for the promotion of healthy eating habits.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Salt reduction lowers cardiovascular risk: meta-analysis of outcome trials

August 15, 2011

Source: The Lancet, 2011, 378 (9789) p. 380-382

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication type: Commentary

In a nutshell: A recent Cochrane review stated that cutting down on salt had no clear benefits in terms of cardiovascular disease. A commentary and re-analysis of data in the Lancet contradicts these findings, arguing that new analysis of the same data shows a significant reduction in cardiovascular events: stroke and heart attacks by 20% with a reduction of only 2g of salt a day. The National Heart Forum has also published a position statement on the Cochrane Review.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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Acknowledgements: The Cochrane Library and the National Heart Forum


A 3-year lifestyle intervention for adults at moderate to high risk of cardiovascular disease

August 15, 2011

Source: Evidence-based medicine, 2011, 16 (3) p. 70-71

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: Commentary

In a nutshell: This is a commentary on a previous article, which argued for increased resources for prevention in primary care through lifestyle changes, using cost-utility anyalsis for economic evaluation.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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UK physical activity guidelines

August 10, 2011

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: These physical activity guidelines from the CMO are scientifically informed, and cover early years, children and young people, adults and older adults across the four countries of the UK.

Length of publication: 1 webpage plus linked factsheets

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Tool for GPs predicts public health savings to NHS

August 10, 2011

Source: GPonline.com

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Date of publication: 4 July 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A toolkit has been developed by the National Social Marketing Centre, in conjunction with NICE and the Department of Health. It is designed to indicate the health gains and cost effectiveness of interventions such as those aiming to reducing levels of alcohol consumption, obesity, smoking, etc. 

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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