CARDIOVASCULAR HORIZON SCANNING Volume 6 Issue 8

September 22, 2014
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Novel wireless devices for cardiac monitoring

September 12, 2014

Source: Circulation, 2014, 130 (7) p. 573-581

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Novel devices for wireless monitoring have recently emerged and have begun to be integrated with the care of the cardiac patient. Real time smart phone monitoring, ECG patch monitoring, wireless invasive pressure monitoring and wireless cardiac rehabilitation are all described, and future challenges are outlined.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Energy drinks cause heart problems

September 3, 2014

Source: EurekAlert

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: French research has found that consumption of energy drinks increased by 30% between 2009 and 2011, with some people drinking several drinks in quick succession during physical exercise. This had sometimes led to adverse conditions such as angina, tachycardia and other cardiac conditions.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: European Society of Cardiology


New recommendations for overweight people with heart risks

September 3, 2014

Source: Reuters

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The United States Preventive Services Task Force has issued new recommendations for overweight patients who have risk factors for heart disease. These patients should receive intensive behaviour counselling for diet and exercise. Previous studies showed that by attending this form of counselling for up to one year, many health markers were improved and the risk of diabetes was reduced.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Annals of Internal Medicine, 26th August 2014


Black people and women have highest number of risk factors for CVD

August 13, 2014

Source: American Heart Association

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found black people and women have greater odds of CVD risk factors. The study looked at population attributable risk (PAR) changes for five major preventable cardiovascular risk factors – high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. The combined PAR for all five risk factors stayed the same for black people while falling for white. Diabetes and high blood pressure was higher in black people and women while white people saw a drop over the 10 year study.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Just 5-10 minutes of running per day may be beneficial to health

August 13, 2014

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Running for just 5-10 minutes per day can significantly reduce risk of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease according to new research.  Authors of the research, published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, investigated the long term effects of running on mortality.  Over a 15 year period runners had a 30 to 45 percent lower adjusted risk of all cause and cardiovascular mortality compared to non runners.  Even running for 5-10 minutes per day at a speed of less than six miles per hour, was found to improve life expectancy.  

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Further dissemination

August 13, 2014

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