CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 4 Issue 7

August 17, 2012
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First set of local government briefings unveiled

August 16, 2012

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: NICE is developing a range of public health briefings to support local government. The first three topics to be published are on tobacco, workplace health and physical activity. The guidance gives advice on which actions are most effective in improving health and provide best value for money. For example, the recommendations for reducing levels of smoking among workers will help reduce cardiorespiratory diseases – one of the largest causes of sickness absence. The briefings highlight how local communities will benefit from the recommendations, along with examples of good practice and facts and figures to make a case of action. They are aimed at local authorities and their partner organisations in the health and voluntary sectors.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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.


Shift work and vascular events: systematic review and meta-analysis

August 15, 2012

Source: BMJ, 2012, early online

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: This research reviewed 34 studies. Shift work was associated with myocardial infarction and ischaemic stroke, while all shift work schedules apart from evening shifts were associated with a statistically higher risk of coronary events. The reviewers conclude that there may be implications for public policy and occupational medicine.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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.


Consultation on the draft document ‘Together for health – a cardiac delivery plan’

August 15, 2012

Source: Welsh Government

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: Care plan

In a nutshell: Cardiac disease is the largest cause of death among the Welsh population. The Welsh Government has launched a draft strategy for a National Cardiac Delivery Plan, setting out its vision for Wales and what this entails for cardiac services in the NHS. The consultation is now open for comment, and will remain open until the 26th October 2012. Views from clinicians, NHS managers and service users are welcome.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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.


NICE guidance points the way to better diagnosis and management of common cardiovascular condition

August 15, 2012

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: NICE has published a clinical guideline on the diagnosis and management of lower limb peripheral arterial disease. The guideline focuses on providing information, advice, support and treatment for patients with peripheral arterial disease and identifies key priorities for implementation, such as offering a supervised exercise programme.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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: NICE clinical guidelines CG147


Exercising later in life can ward off heart problems

August 15, 2012

Source: The Telegraph

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Moderate physical activity such as brisk walking, gardening or cycling for two and a half hours per week could help middle-aged people avoid heart disease by controlling inflammation. A study of over 4000 participants has found that those who were more active had lower levels of inflammatory markers. The findings could encourage the over 40s to make lifestyle changes, even if they have not been physically active in the past.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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: Circulation: Physical Activity and Inflammatory Markers Over 10 Years


Tackling cardiovascular diseases: priorities for the outcomes strategy

August 14, 2012

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report has been produced by the combined efforts of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Diabetes, Heart Disease, Kidney and Stroke. It was informed by submissions from around 40 voluntary organisations. It makes a number of recommendations as to the priorities for the government’s forthcoming CVD outcomes strategy.

Length of publication: 79 pages

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: NHS Improvement – Heart