CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 3 Issue 8

September 15, 2011
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Know Your Pulse campaign

September 12, 2011

Source: Arrhythmia Alliance

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Know Your Pulse is a visual resource to promote simple pulse checks as a means of detecting potential arrhythmias. The two minute film clip was initially commissioned by the Dorset Cardiac and Stroke Network and has been shown in 86% of practices across Dorset. The clip has been adapted for the Know Your Pulse campaign and other free educational and awareness tools are available from the website.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Dorset Cardiac and Stroke Network


Calls for 24-hour blood pressure monitoring

September 12, 2011

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: NICE is now recommending that hypertension should be diagnosed using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) over a 24 hour period. ABPM involves a mobile blood pressure monitor that straps around the patient’s waist and measures blood pressure numerous times over 24 hours. This is a change to the existing guidelines.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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The number of years lived with obesity and the risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality

September 12, 2011

Source: International Journal of Epidemiology, volume 40 issue 4, pp 985-996

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Over 5000 adults from the Framingham Cohort Study were followed up over a period of up to 48 years. There is a clear association between the duration of obesity and all-cause, cardiovascular, cancer and other-cause mortality risks. This should be taken into consideration when assessing likely mortality risks and rates.

Length of publication: 1 page (abstract)

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Acknowledgement: BBC News 23 August 2011


Why not screen for subclinical atherosclerosis?

September 11, 2011

Source: The Lancet, 2011, 378 (9792) p. 645-646

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication type: Commentary

In a nutshell: Two clinicians recommend a change in practice for the primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. They propose that non-invasive tests for subclinical atherosclerosis should be implemented.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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NHS Bristol uses phones for telehealth

September 11, 2011

Source: Ehealth Insider

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: NHS Bristol is delivering a new telehealth service to patients with long-term conditions. 600 patients will be given smartphones loaded with a health application. The data produced will be encrypted and sent to community staff, helping them to decide whether a face-to-face consultation is necessary. It is hoped that the use of new technology will improve the quality of patient care and reduce the cost burden on the health system.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: NHS Bristol


Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cardiovascular disease prevention in whole populations: modelling study

September 8, 2011

Source: BMJ 2011; 343:d4044

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Date of publication: 28 July 2011

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Economic modelling analysis indicates that public health programmes to prevent cardiovascular disease in the whole population could produce significant public sector health service cost-savings. There is additional debate, however, regarding the costs associated with greater longevity .

Length of publication: 1 page

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