Healthy hearts and minds Westminster

February 9, 2010

Source: NHS Westminster

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Date of publication: 30th January 2010

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: Lord Darzi has unveiled England’s biggest cardiovascular disease prevention programme. This is a collaboration between NHS Westminster, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, MyAction and Central West London Community Services. Initiatives include Vascular Risk Assessment, the innovative nurse-led multi-disciplinary MyAction prevention programme, and Community Cardiac Teams.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Cardiac Rehab UK, issue 16, January 2010, p 7


Active club grants: a practical way to support more Victorians to get active

December 9, 2009

Source: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), Australia 

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Date of publication: October 2009

Publication type: Case study

In a nutshell: VicHealth has made over 8000 grants to local sports and recreational organisations over the past 20 years, aiming to significantly increase participation levels, and improve safety and training for both participants and volunteers.  This survey and case study evaluation demonstrates the highly positive impact of the grants on local physical activity participation. 

Length of publication: 16 pages

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Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum weekly e-News briefing 18 November 2009


Effect of tailored practice and patient care plans on secondary prevention of heart disease in general practice: cluster randomized controlled trial

December 8, 2009

Source: BMJ, 29 October 2009, 339, b4220

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Date of publication: 29 October 2009

Publication type: Journal article, research

In a nutshell: Research carried out over 18 months in 48 general practices across Northern Ireland and Ireland, with 903 patients already known to have coronary heart disease.   The use of tailored care plans with general practice-led 4-monthly reviews, resulted in significantly reduced admissions to hospital.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum e-News Briefing 2.12.2009


New cardiology clinic at the heart of Hounslow

October 9, 2009

Source: NHS Networks

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Date of publication: October, 2009

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: NHS Hounslow, in partnership with Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, has set up a pilot weekly clinic in the community to offer patients access to a hospital consultant, diagnostic tests and treatment normally available only in a hospital setting. The pilot will run for three months and will offer appointments to 10 or 12 patients each week.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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Acknowledgement: NHS Hounslow and Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust


Evaluation of the physical activity care pathway London feasibility pilot

October 8, 2009

Source: NHS Evidence Health Management Specialist Collection

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Date of publication: December, 2008

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The Commissioning Guidance ‘Let’s Get Moving’ (LGM) has been tested by the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health. The feasibility trial was undertaken in 14 surgeries. The results demonstrated that LGM is feasible for delivery in primary care and should be suitable for wide-scale implementation.

Length of publication: 162 pages

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Acknowledgement: The King’s Fund


The Strong Women – Healthy Hearts program

September 11, 2009

Source: American Journal of Public Health, 2009, 99 (7) p. 1271-1277

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Date of publication: July, 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article examines a rural US community-based service designed to reduce cardiovascular risk factors. Participants were sedentary midlife or older women who were overweight or obese. Those who participated in the twice-weekly heart health programme for 12 weeks showed improvements in various areas such as body weight, waist circumference and physical activity.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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