CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 5 Issue 2

February 25, 2013
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The importance of cardiorespiratory fitness in the United States: the need for a national registry

February 18, 2013

Source: Circulation 2013, 125 (5), p. 652-662

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Date of publication: February 2013

Publication type: Policy statement

In a nutshell: Cardiorespiratory fitness is recognised as an important marker of cardiovascular health. Currently it is the only major risk factor that is not routinely and regularly assessed in the clinical setting. This policy statement by the American Heart Association calls for the development of a national adult cardiorespiratory fitness registry for the US population. It also outlines how such a database could better inform national policy on physical activity and health.

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.

Acknowledgement: American Heart Association


Vegetarian diet reduces risk of heart disease by a third

February 18, 2013

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: More than 44,000 participants were involved in this study to examine vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets and the risk of incident ischaemic heart disease. 34% of the participants were vegetarian. After a follow-up of 12 years, vegetarians had a 32% lower risk of developing ischaemic heart disease, and generally showed a lower BMI, blood pressure and fewer cases of diabetes.

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: Risk of hospitalization or death from ischemic heart disease among British vegetarians and nonvegetarians: results from the EPIC-Oxford Cohort Study


Unhappy childhood linked to heart risk in later life

February 18, 2013

Source: BBC News: Health

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Date of publication: February 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A small study has examined the associations between childhood emotional functioning and the ten year risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life. The findings suggested that high levels of distress in seven-year olds were associated with a 31% increased risk of cardiovascular disease in middle-aged women, and 17% in middle-aged men. Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease may be associated with addressing early-life emotional functioning.

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: Childhood emotional functioning and the developmental origins of cardiovascular disease risk


Future cardiovascular risk: interpreting the importance of increased blood pressure during pregnancy

February 14, 2013

Source: Circulation, 2013, 127 (6), pp. 668-669

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Date of publication: February 2013

Publication type: Editorial

In a nutshell: This study found that hypertension during pregnancy, even without known risk factors, is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. The authors suggest that clinical monitoring and early intervention could be beneficial.

Length of publication: 2 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: Elevated blood pressure in pregnancy and subsequent chronic disease risk


Did you know that the NHS Health Check programme is included in the Public Health Responsibility Deal?

February 11, 2013

Source: NHS Health Check

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Public Health Commissioners may want to work alongside local employers to encourage and enable staff to take up their NHS Health Check and other screening opportunites from the NHS, as part of the ‘Public Health Responsibility Deal’, which is part of the Department of Health’s ‘Health at Work Network’.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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.


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February 11, 2013

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