CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 6 Issue 4

April 15, 2014
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A gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for overweight and obese men

April 11, 2014

Source: The Lancet, 2014 (383), 1211-1221

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study was a randomised controlled trial of 747 male football fans aged 35-65. Participants in the intervention group received a 12 session weekly weight loss and healthy living programme, and were assessed after one year. The researchers found that the programme helped to achieve changes in weight loss, blood pressure, self-reported physical activity and other areas. It succeeded in reaching high-risk men who were not attracted to other weight management programmes.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Doctors record higher blood pressure than nurses: systematic review and meta-analysis

April 11, 2014

Source: British Journal of General Practice, 2014, 64 (621), e223-e232

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: The authors of this systematic review found that among 15 studies, blood pressure measurements taken by nurses were lower compared with doctors’ measurements. This may have implications for both hypertension diagnosis and management.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Joint British Societies’ consensus recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (JBS3)

April 11, 2014

Source: Heart, Volume 100, Supplement 2

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell: The Joint British Societies have issued their third edition (JBS3) of recommendations for preventing cardiovascular disease. As well as recommendations, there is a JBS3 risk calculator tool

Length of publication: 68 pages

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Lower risk of diabetes and heart disease in stronger children

April 7, 2014

Source: Pediatrics journal

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  Researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School have found that children’s strength capacity can have both short and long term benefits for their health. Studying about 1400 10 to 12 year olds the study results found children with greater strength-to-body-mass ratios had considerably lower risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Misconception surrounding heart disease and the sexes

April 7, 2014

Source: BBC Health News

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Many are aware of the dangers facing men who have high blood pressure, cholesterol, stress, smoking and drinking but in reality more women than men suffer from heart disease each year. 3000 more women died as a result of heart and circulatory disease than men and this misconception is causing many to assume all is fine even when the symptoms point to possible heart disease.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:  UK Health Forum


Cardiovascular health could benefit from higher consumption of fish oil

April 7, 2014

Source: Heart journal

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  A study lead by the University Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has stated that encouraging higher consumption of fish oil could greatly benefit cardiovascular health in middle-aged white men. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation and slow the formation of fatty plaque in arteries, both of which lead to coronary artery calcification, a predictor of heart disease and found lower in Japanese men who’s diet consisted largely of fish.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Acknowledgement:  UK Health Forum