The management of atrial fibrillation: summary of updated NICE guidance

July 11, 2014

Source: The BMJ

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Practice Guidelines

In a nutshell: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has produced a Patient Decision Aid (PDA) to be used in conjunction with its guidance on the management of atrial fibrillation. The PDA is designed to help patients weigh up the possible advantages and disadvantages of the different options for treatment, in order to be able to discuss the alternatives with a health professional.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Acknowledgement: Initial publication of BMJ article about the practice guideline June 2014


New US prevention guidelines focus on overall risk of cardiovascular disease

November 20, 2013

Source: BMJ, 14th November 2013

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Four American expert panels have issues guidelines on assessment of the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease; the treatment of high blood cholesterol concentrations; ‘heart healthy’ lifestyles and management of obesity in adults.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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British standards and core components for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation

August 9, 2013

Source: Heart, 2013, 99 (15) p. 1069-1071

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: Standards

In a nutshell: This scientific statement from BACPR lists seven service standards and seven core components for delivering a cardiac rehabiliation service. It outlines current and future challenges, national and local factors for assuring quality and current gaps in service delivery.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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Acknowledgement: British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation


American Heart Association guide for improving cardiovascular health at the community level

May 10, 2013

Source: Circulation, 2013, 127 (16) p. 1730-1753

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This guide aims to provide a comprehensive list of evidence-based strategies and recommendations for preventing cardiovascular disease and stroke, which can be implemented on a community level. It gives an inventory of current community-based projects.

Length of publication: 24 pages

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Acknowledgement: American Heart Association


Hyperglycaemia in acute coronary syndromes – evidence update

April 11, 2013

Source: NICE Evidence Updates

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Date of publication: February 2013

Publication type: Evidence update

In a nutshell: A summary of new evidence relevant to NICE guideline 130 – ‘management of hyperglycaemia in acute coronary syndromes’.

Length of publication: 14 pages

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Acknowledgement:  Heart Improvement eBulletin, issue 180, 20th March 2013


Calls for 24-hour blood pressure monitoring

September 12, 2011

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: NICE is now recommending that hypertension should be diagnosed using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) over a 24 hour period. ABPM involves a mobile blood pressure monitor that straps around the patient’s waist and measures blood pressure numerous times over 24 hours. This is a change to the existing guidelines.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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British Cardiovascular Society Commissioning Pack

August 9, 2011

Source: British Cardiovascular Society

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication type: Resources

In a nutshell: A resource pack provided by the British Cardiovascular Society to serve as a guide on commissioning cardiac services which can be used as an aid for decision-making.

Length of publication: 12 pages

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