CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 5 Issue 11

December 20, 2013
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Secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in older adults

December 16, 2013

Source: Circulation, 2013, 128 (22), p.2422-2446

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Best practice

In a nutshell: This scientific statement published by the American Heart Association gives an overview of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in older adults, and discusses areas such as hypertension management, psychosocial issues and lifestyle therapy.

Length of publication: 28 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: American Heart Association


Bridging the transition from hospital to home: effects of the VITAL telehealth program

December 16, 2013

Source: Research in Nursing & Health, 2013, 36 (6), p. 540-553

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Date of publication: December 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The VITAL telehealth program was a randomised controlled trial to determine whether telehealth reduced the levels of anxiety and depression in patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and their caregivers. Female caregivers had a greater decrease in anxiety than those receiving standard care, and both male and female caregivers experienced a greater decrease in depressive symptoms.

Length of publication: 14 pages

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People with kidney disease can lower their risk of a cardiovascular event by lowering their blood pressure

December 10, 2013

Source: The George Institute for Global Health

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell:  Research has found that lowering blood pressure in people with kidney disease can lower their risk of cardiovascular disease. With kidney disease comes an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. It is believed that advising people to lower their blood pressure could save many people from heart attacks and strokes.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Greater risk of heart disease for women under 60 with diabetes

December 10, 2013

Source: Diabetes Care journal

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell:  Research has found that women under 60 with diabetes are four times more at risk of heart disease.

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Children in the UK have higher resting heart rate than 30 years ago

December 10, 2013

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  A study conducted by University College London has found that the average resting heart beat of children has increased by 2 beats per minute which could lead to earlier development of cardiovascular disease.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease still high in metabolically healthy obese people

December 10, 2013

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  A study has concluded that obese people deemed to be metabolically healthy are still at higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and diabetes than average people.

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:   UK Health Forum