CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 5 Issue 10

November 29, 2013
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Secondary prevention for patients after a myocardial infarction: summary of updated NICE guidance

November 20, 2013

Source: BMJ, 13th November 2013

Follow this link for the fulltext http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6544

Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Practice guidelines

In a nutshell: The 2007 guidelines on secondary prevention after an MI have been revised. This article summarises the most recent recommendations by NICE.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Blood pressure targets for hypertension in people with diabetes mellitus

November 20, 2013

Source: The Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell: This Cochrane Review analysed five studies that evaluated whether lower blood pressure targets were better than standard blood pressure targets for diabetic patients. The evidence did not support lower blood pressure targets in people with raised blood pressure and diabetes. However, further research is needed.

Length of publication: 47 pages

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Acknowledgement: Cochrane Hypertension Group


New US prevention guidelines focus on overall risk of cardiovascular disease

November 20, 2013

Source: BMJ, 14th November 2013

Follow this link for fulltext http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6858

Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Four American expert panels have issues guidelines on assessment of the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease; the treatment of high blood cholesterol concentrations; ‘heart healthy’ lifestyles and management of obesity in adults.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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Avoidable deaths from cardiovascular disease fell sharply between 2001 and 2011 in England and Wales

November 4, 2013

Source: Office for National Statistics

Follow this link for fulltext http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/subnational-health4/avoidable-mortality-in-england-and-wales/2011/sty-avoidable-mortality.html

Date of publication: October 2013

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: There has been a reduction from 26% to 24% in the number of people dying from potentially avoidable causes. The fall is thought to be due to increased physical activity and smoking cessation due to interventions such as the smoking ban.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Heart disease patients have a 55% better chance of survival if given psychological intervention

November 4, 2013

Source: European Society of Cardiology

Follow this link for fulltext http://www.escardio.org/about/press/press-releases/pr-13/Pages/psychological-interventions-halve-deaths-cv-events-heart-disease-patients.aspx?hit=dontmiss

Date of publication: October 2013

Publication type: Press Release

In a nutshell: A team of researchers from Greece found that patients with heart disease who received psychological interventions were 55%
less likely to die, have a cardiovascular event or return to hospital than those who did not have the intervention.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Doing exercise appears to be as effective as taking a pill for heart diseases

November 4, 2013

Source: British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Follow this link for fulltext: http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f5577

Date of publication: October 2013

Publication type: Research Article

In a nutshell:  A study has analysed the results from hundreds of trials and has found that exercise could be as effective as drugs for those suffering from heart disease. The study showed that one drug was better for those recovering from heart failure while exercise improved life expectancy for patients who’ve had a stroke.

Length of publication:  14 pages

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum