CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 6 Issue 11

December 22, 2014

Steps to solving inactivity

December 22, 2014

Source: UK Active

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Date of publication: November 2014

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Official government data shows that 29% of people in England are physically inactive. Local authorities have nearly doubled the amount of public health funding they have allocated to tackling the issue of inactivity. The details of 952 physical activity programmes, increasing the activity levels of 3.5 million people annually, have been submitted to a national review. This report makes recommendations for government, local authorities and the activity sector.

Length of publication: 58 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.


Expert position paper on air pollution and cardiovascular disease

December 19, 2014

Source: European Heart Journal

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Policies

In a nutshell: This expert consensus document on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology aims to raise awareness of the impact of ambient air pollution on cardiovascular disease. It also makes recommendations for future public health and research priorities.

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.


Yoga may guard against heart disease, study finds

December 19, 2014

Source: BBC News Health

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This news article discusses a systematic review of 37 studies, involving nearly 3000 people, which found that yoga may be beneficial for protecting against heart disease, especially for people who cannot do more vigorous forms of exercise. Yoga was independently linked to a lowering of heart risk factors such as hypertension, cholesterol and obesity when compared with no exercise. The calming effect of yoga may be beneficial, as stress in linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.

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: BMJ


Helicon brings hearty service to GPs

December 11, 2014

Source: Ehealth Insider

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Helicon Health, a spin-out company of University College London, is working with Inhealthcare to integrate its heart condition management and education software with Inhealthcare’s self-monitoring system. This service is being used by two hospitals and 33 community sites and enables clinicians to manage patients with atrial fibrillation in the community instead of in hospital. It also allows patients to monitor their condition at home.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Obesity and fitness: The relation between obesity, cardiorespiratory fitness and mortality

December 11, 2014

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Briefing paper

In a nutshell: This paper presents recent review-level evidence behind the relation between obesity, cardiovascular fitness and mortality, and briefly explores the main public health implications.

Length of publication: 10 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: UK Health Forum


What is preventing progress? Report

December 9, 2014

Source: The Richmond Group of Charities

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Date of publication: November 2014

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell:  The what is preventing progress? report highlights that taking action to tackle common risk factors such as smoking, inactivity, unhealthy diet and alcohol would drastically reduce the number of people affected by common diseases such as heart disease, cancer, lung disease and diabetes. The report outlines nine key calls to action through which political leaders and key decision-makers can ensure disease prevention is placed at the top of the agenda.

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


Further dissemination

December 9, 2014

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