CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 6 Issue 3

March 17, 2014

The cost effectiveness of ivabradine in the treatment of chronic heart failure

March 17, 2014

Source: Heart Online First

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This economic evaluation suggests that use of the drug ivabradine for heart failure (HF) is cost-effective for patients with HF.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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High consumption of fish oil may benefit cardiovascular health

March 14, 2014

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A study of 300 participants followed over 3 years has concluded that eating fish in the quantities consumed by men living in Japan appears to impart a protective factor that can ward off heart disease.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Heart (BMJ journals)


Can a value-based approach help deliver the ambitious aims of the NHS cardiovascular disease outcomes strategy?

March 12, 2014

Source: Heart Online First

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell:In this article, the authors suggest a new approach for thinking about the prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). They describe the concept of an integrated circulation service for patients with CVD, and look at the challenges and implications involved. They also examine whether there is any evidence that this outcomes and value-based system would deliver improved outcomes at a reduced cost.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Anger increases chance of heart attack

March 7, 2014

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  A systematic review published in the European Heart Journal has found that in the two hour period following an angry outburst, the risk of heart attack increased by five times the amount and a stroke risk increases by three times.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Childhood obesity can have possible long-term effects on later life

March 7, 2014

Source: University of Colorado

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  Researchers from the University of Colorado have been examining the affects of childhood obesity of later-life health. They have found that the earlier a child becomes obese the more likely they are to develop diabetes, heart disease, cancer and metabolic syndrome later in life.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


People show greater resolve to improve health if given their ‘heart age’

March 7, 2014

Source: European Journal of Preventative Cardiology

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Randomized Controlled Trial

In a nutshell: Researchers have found that informing patients of their heart age compared to just their percentage risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) was more effective in changing behaviour and lifestyle choices. The Heart Age Calculator uses the same risk factor data as the percentage risk score but presents it’s as an age compared with the persons actual age.

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum