Deadly heart conditions being attributed to stress and anxiety

July 10, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A survey published today by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has found that six in ten patients living with inherited heart conditions face long delays before receiving a diagnosis as their symptoms are attributed to other conditions like stress, anxiety and epilepsy.

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: British Heart Foundation

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Secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in older adults

December 16, 2013

Source: Circulation, 2013, 128 (22), p.2422-2446

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Best practice

In a nutshell: This scientific statement published by the American Heart Association gives an overview of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in older adults, and discusses areas such as hypertension management, psychosocial issues and lifestyle therapy.

Length of publication: 28 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: American Heart Association


Bridging the transition from hospital to home: effects of the VITAL telehealth program

December 16, 2013

Source: Research in Nursing & Health, 2013, 36 (6), p. 540-553

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Date of publication: December 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The VITAL telehealth program was a randomised controlled trial to determine whether telehealth reduced the levels of anxiety and depression in patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and their caregivers. Female caregivers had a greater decrease in anxiety than those receiving standard care, and both male and female caregivers experienced a greater decrease in depressive symptoms.

Length of publication: 14 pages

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Failure to deal with long-term health problems ‘costs NHS £13bn a year’

February 14, 2012

Source: The Guardian

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A new report published by the King’s Fund: ‘Longterm conditions and mental health – the cost of co-morbidities’ has found that those suffering with conditions such as heart disease are two to three times more likely to suffer mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, costing up to 45% more to treat. The King’s Fund states that there has been a failure in identifying problems and providing support. Mental health provision should not be ‘tacked on to physical care’ but should play an integral part. It warns that the number of people with co-morbid longterm physical and mental health problems is expected to rise by a third over the next decade. The report makes a number of recommendations to improve integration between chronic disease management, primary care services and mental health support.

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: The King’s Fund