Positive psychosocial experiences in childhood linked to better cardiovascular health in adulthood

February 9, 2015

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Research published in the journal Circulation, supports findings from previous research that suggests child wellbeing affects health in adulthood. 3,577 children aged 3-18 were analysed on socioeconomic status, emotional stability, parent’s health behaviours, occurrence of stressful events and more. These children were assessed 27 years later for cardiovascular health. Participants who had experienced positive psychosocial experiences as a child were more likely to have better cardiovascular health as an adult.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum

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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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More than 1 million years of life lost in the UK to preventable, premature deaths

October 4, 2013

Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre

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Date of publication: September 2013

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published data relating to preventable premature deaths from conditions such as heart disease, breast cancer, tuberculosis and asthma. The data also highlighted a north south divide in the country with more in the north dying prematurely than those in the south.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


UK: Health inequalities around the UK

May 8, 2013

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication type: News item/ statistics

In a nutshell: As part of the ‘fight for every heartbeat’ campaign the British Heart Foundation has released statistics that suggest where you live can impact on peoples health and likelihood of them developing cardiovascular diseases.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Foundation eBulletin


UK lagging behind most of Europe on indicators for ill health

March 7, 2013

Source: Lancet

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: A comparison of data from 20 years and 19 countries has found that the UK is behind in decreasing avoidable mortality.  A range of conditions including cardiovascular diseases are mentioned.

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Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum eNews Briefing


Europe: European health and lifestyle expectancies

October 11, 2012

Source: National Heart Forum eNews Briefing 20/09/2012

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Date of publication: 19 September 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Results from the largest ever health and lifestyle survey of 26 European cities have been published. Includes Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside. The gap between rich and poor in urban areas is increasing.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus links

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Recent UK trends in the unequal burden of coronary heart disease

September 13, 2012

Source: Heart Online First

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study examined the burden of coronary heart disease (CHD) and identified and analysed recent trends in terms of age, gender and socioeconomic inequalities. Data from various sources between 1999 and 2007 was used, and involved all adults over 25 living in England. Strong socio-economic gradients persisted or worsened in all patient groups over this time period.

Length of publication: 12 pages

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