Following UK dietary advice may cut heart disease risk

April 8, 2015

Source: NHS Choices

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: “Sensible diet cuts heart attack risk in months,” The Times reports after a randomised controlled trial found evidence that following current UK diet guidelines can reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: NHS Choices

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Damage to ‘heart health’ may start in childhood

April 8, 2015

Source: NHS Choices

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A US study has found high levels of known risk factors for heart disease in children. The study has not shown the direct effect these risks have in this age group, but it has raised concerns that they may affect the heart from childhood.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: NHS Choices


2m study to check if chest scans can cut heart attack risk

April 8, 2015

Source: National Institute for Healthcare Research

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A trial funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme will examine whether giving cardiac CT scans to patients when they arrive at hospital with chest pain is a cost effective way to improve treatment, save lives and cut unnecessary hospital admissions.

In the UK, around 700,000 patients attend hospital emergency departments each year with chest pains, with many being admitted to hospital for further tests.

Further testing often involves patients being given an angiogram, which looks at the blood flow through the heart to identify any obstructions that could pose a heart attack risk. The angiogram accurately identifies coronary artery obstruction, but involves passing a catheter into the heart and therefore carries significant risks.

The trial will use cardiac CT scans to test patients upon admission to hospital, enabling doctors to look at the blood vessels within the heart and detect abnormalities without the risks associated with an angiogram. Cardiac CT scans are also around an eighth of the cost of an angiogram.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: National Institute for Healthcare Research


Coronary heart disease leading cause of death for men aged 50 and over in 2013

April 8, 2015

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: February 2015

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In a nutshell: Coronary heart disease (CHD) was the leading cause of death for men aged 50 and over in 2013, according to latest figures.

More than 36,000 deaths for men aged 50 and over were attributed to CHD in 2013.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that CHD is still the leading cause of death in England and Wales.

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


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April 8, 2015

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