Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

February 22, 2018

Source: BBC Health News

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The study, published in the journal Circulation, analysed the hearts of 53 adults aged 45-64 who were healthy but had no history of exercising regularly.

Research has shown that sedentary behaviours – such as sitting or reclining for long periods of time – increase the risk of heart disease.

The study’s participants were divided into two groups, with one following an aerobic exercise routine that progressed in intensity over the two years and another doing yoga, balance training and weight training three times a week, also for two years.

The aerobic exercise group showed an 18% improvement in their maximum oxygen intake during exercise and a more than 25% improvement in “plasticity” in the left ventricular muscle of the heart – both markers of a healthier heart.

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Acknowledgement: BBC Health News

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Eating too much salt is associated with risk of heart failure

September 8, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: In the study researchers assessed the relationship between salt intake and the development of heart failure.

They found that people who consumed more than 13.7 grams of salt daily had a two times higher risk of heart failure compared to those consuming less than 6.8 grams. The WHO recommends eating no more than 5 grams of salt per day.

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


What’s in a name? A call to reframe non-communicable diseases

July 10, 2017

Source: UK Health Forum

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: Blog post

In a nutshell: “The public health world needs to upgrade definitions and descriptions as the term NCDs is now anachronistic and possibly harmful to the progression of effective and efficient public policy. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases could be much better described and framed, which could help with increasing wider understanding…”

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Acknowledgement:  UK Health Forum


Heart disease patients have a 55% better chance of survival if given psychological intervention

November 4, 2013

Source: European Society of Cardiology

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication type: Press Release

In a nutshell: A team of researchers from Greece found that patients with heart disease who received psychological interventions were 55%
less likely to die, have a cardiovascular event or return to hospital than those who did not have the intervention.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum


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


Equality for all: delivering safe care – seven days a week

February 13, 2012

Source: NHS Improvement – Heart

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Date of publication: January 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report gives guidance and case studies as examples of service delivery models from across the NHS, which deliver clinical services outside standard working hours and across weekends. Includes specific case studies of cardiac services.

Length of publication: 72 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