CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 5 Issue 4

April 15, 2013

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Cost effectiveness of telehealth for patients with long term conditions

April 12, 2013

Source: BMJ, 22nd March 2013; Correction published 28th March 2013

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This economic evaluation examined the costs and cost-effectiveness of telehealth. 3230 people with heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or diabetes were recruited for this telehealth trial. The authors concluded that telehealth does not seem to be a cost-effective addition to standard support and treatment.

Length of publication: 19 pages

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Health impact of physical activity

April 12, 2013

Source: South West Public Health Observatory, (now part of Public Health England)

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The Health Impact of Physical Activity (HIPA) is a tool for Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. It has been developed to estimate how many cases of conditions such as coronary heart disease could be prevented in each local authority in England if 40-79 year olds did the recommended amount of physical activity.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Public Health England


Screening for hypertension in children and adolescents to prevent cardiovascular disease

April 12, 2013

Source: Pediatrics, 2013, 131 (3) p. 490-525

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell: This systematic review examined the effectiveness of screening asymptomatic children and adolescents for hypertension. The authors concluded that there is no direct evidence that screening for hypertension in childhood and adolescence reduces adverse cardiovascular outcomes in adulthood.

Length of publication: 35 pages

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NICE hypertension quality standard

April 11, 2013

Source: NICE

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: Standards

In a nutshell: This quality standard covers the management of hypertension in adults and includes information on diagnosis and treatment.

Length of publication:  1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Heart Improvement eBulletin, issue 180, 20th March 2013


Hyperglycaemia in acute coronary syndromes – evidence update

April 11, 2013

Source: NICE Evidence Updates

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Date of publication: February 2013

Publication type: Evidence update

In a nutshell: A summary of new evidence relevant to NICE guideline 130 – ‘management of hyperglycaemia in acute coronary syndromes’.

Length of publication: 14 pages

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Acknowledgement:  Heart Improvement eBulletin, issue 180, 20th March 2013


Making the case for cardiac rehabilitation

April 11, 2013

Source: NHS Networks new content summary

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Date of publication: 19th March 2013

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report highlights the findings of a short study that looked at the relationship between uptake of cardiac rehabilitation and rates of unplanned cardiac readmission.

Length of publication: 24 pages

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Acknowledgement: NHS Networks