One in ten Brits admit to doing no physical activity in the last ten years

February 8, 2016

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:

Over three quarters of Brits are unaware of the recommended minimum amount of physical activity needed every week and are not keen to get active. Our Physical Activity Specialist Lisa Young, comments: “I’m not surprised to learn just how little awareness there is around the recommended minimum amount of exercise people should aim for every week. However, it is very concerning that over one in ten Brits have not been physically active for over ten years and over a third simply blame it on their own laziness! “Physical activity is essential for your heart health and should not be ignored. Not only can keeping fit help reduce your risk of heart disease, it can help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure/cholesterol and improve your mental health.”

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Position paper on air pollution and cardiovascular disease

January 14, 2015

Source: European Heart Journal

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  An expert consensus policy paper, published in the European Heart Journal,  looks at the relationship between air pollution and cardiovascular disease. It aims to discuss the wide ranging impacts of air pollution on cardiovascular disease  and make recommendations for future public health research and priorities.

Length of publication: 13 pages

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Expert position paper on air pollution and cardiovascular disease

December 19, 2014

Source: European Heart Journal

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Policies

In a nutshell: This expert consensus document on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology aims to raise awareness of the impact of ambient air pollution on cardiovascular disease. It also makes recommendations for future public health and research priorities.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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What is preventing progress? Report

December 9, 2014

Source: The Richmond Group of Charities

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Date of publication: November 2014

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell:  The what is preventing progress? report highlights that taking action to tackle common risk factors such as smoking, inactivity, unhealthy diet and alcohol would drastically reduce the number of people affected by common diseases such as heart disease, cancer, lung disease and diabetes. The report outlines nine key calls to action through which political leaders and key decision-makers can ensure disease prevention is placed at the top of the agenda.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Money and lives would be saved by tackling global warming

November 10, 2014

Source: The Guardian

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  John Abraham discusses a recent study published in the JAMA on climate change and its knock on effects in public health. Abraham points to issues like floods, heat waves and increased ozone at ground level and their ability to cause cardiovascular disease, repository conditions and a host of other conditions. By tackling climate change and preparing for those we can not, many lives and money could be saved.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:  UK Health Forum


Children in the UK have higher resting heart rate than 30 years ago

December 10, 2013

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  A study conducted by University College London has found that the average resting heart beat of children has increased by 2 beats per minute which could lead to earlier development of cardiovascular disease.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


Avoidable deaths from cardiovascular disease fell sharply between 2001 and 2011 in England and Wales

November 4, 2013

Source: Office for National Statistics

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: There has been a reduction from 26% to 24% in the number of people dying from potentially avoidable causes. The fall is thought to be due to increased physical activity and smoking cessation due to interventions such as the smoking ban.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


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


NHS Health Check implementation review and action plan

August 9, 2013

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: 21st July 2013

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: A review by Public Health England has concluded that 1600 heart attacks and 4000 cases of diabetes a year could be avoided by checking the blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and lifestyle of 40-74 year olds. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has said that 650 lives a year could be saved as a result of the NHS Health Checks. This press release by the Department of Health includes a link to a ten-point review and action plan.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Public Health England


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


Global cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention: 2011 and beyond

June 8, 2012

Source: Circulation, 2012, 125 (21) p. 2667-2676

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell: This review is part of a series of reports on cardiovascular disease prevention. The review presents the global dimensions of cardiovascular health promotion and cardiovascular disease prevention, universal causal factors and projected effectiveness of interventions. It also looks at goals, strategies and new prospects for action.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Promoting global cardiovascular health: moving forward

May 9, 2011

Source: Circulation, 2011, 123(15) p. 1671-1678

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report examines the various barriers that hinder global efforts to control cardiovascular disease. It suggests a number of recommendations for funding, policy implementation, data management, research and global co-ordination.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Acknowledgement: American Heart Association