People show greater resolve to improve health if given their ‘heart age’

March 7, 2014

Source: European Journal of Preventative Cardiology

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Randomized Controlled Trial

In a nutshell: Researchers have found that informing patients of their heart age compared to just their percentage risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) was more effective in changing behaviour and lifestyle choices. The Heart Age Calculator uses the same risk factor data as the percentage risk score but presents it’s as an age compared with the persons actual age.

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum

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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


Homocysteine lowering interventions for preventing cardiovascular events

November 12, 2009

Source: The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

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Date of publication: October, 2009

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: Elevated circulating total homocysteine (tHcy) levels are thought to be a risk factor in cardiovascular disease. These levels are influenced by blood levels of vitamins B12, B9 and B6. This review examined the clinical effectiveness of homocysteine – lowering interventions, and concluded that there was no evidence to support their use for the prevention of cardiovascular events.

Length of publication: 66 pages

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Acknowledgement: Cochrane Library


Use of blood pressure lowering drugs in the prevention of cardiovascular disease

June 9, 2009

Source: British Medical Journal, 2009, 338 (7705) p.1245-1253

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Date of publication: May, 2009

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: A meta-analysis of 147 randomised controlled trials of blood pressure lowering drugs, to determine their efficacy in preventing coronary heart disease and stroke, and deciding which patients should be prescribed these drugs. A total of 464,000 participants were involved in these trials.

Length of publication: 19 pages


Routine aspirin benefits queried

June 8, 2009

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: May, 2009

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Reports on a meta-analysis of over 100,000 clinical trial participants, which showed that, in healthy people, the risk of bleeding is not outweighed by the benefits of taking aspirin for preventing heart attacks and stroke. The study was partly funded by the British Heart Foundation, and has been published in the Lancet.

Length of publication: 1 page

Acknowledgement: The Lancet, British Heart Foundation


Choice of secondary prevention improves risk factors after acute coronary syndrome: 1-year follow-up of the CHOICE (Choice of Health Options In prevention of Cardiovascular Events) randomised controlled trial

March 10, 2009

Source: Heart 2009, 95, 468-475

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a new CHOICE (Choice of Health Options in prevention of Cardiovascular Events) programme on cardiovascular risk factors. A group of acute coronary syndrome survivors participated in a patient-centred modular programme comprised of a clinic visit and telephone support. Results showed that CHOICE was an effective alternative for dealing with the underuse of existing secondary prevention programmes.

Length of Publication: 8 pages

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Acknowledgements: Heart Online and Education in Heart