A cardiovascular disease policy model that predicts life expectancy

January 19, 2015

Source: Heart, 2015, 101 (3) p. 201-208

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Policies

In a nutshell: The primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a policy priority and should include the aim of reducing health inequalities. This CVD policy model was developed using data from the Scottish Heart Health Extended Cohort. It estimates the impact of risk factor modification on CVD events and non-CVD mortality to predict life expectancy, taking into account socio-economic deprivation. This policy tool can be used to estimate the impact of primary prevention interventions on life expectancy. It can also assess the impact of interventions on inequalities.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Yoga for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

June 19, 2014

Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2014, Issue 5

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Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: This review assessed the effectiveness of any type of yoga in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in healthy adults and also in those at high risk of CVD. Eleven randomised controlled trials and two studies in progress were identified. Most of the trials had small numbers of participants and were short-term. The authors found some evidence that yoga has favourable effects on diastolic blood pressure, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. However, due to the size and duration of the studies, the results should be interpreted with caution.

Length of publication: 51 pages

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