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


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.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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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…”

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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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


Primary angioplasty and health information provision

April 6, 2011

Source: NHS Improvement – Heart

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Best practice

In a nutshell: Patients are now spending less time in hospital following a heart attack and primary angioplasty. This document emphasises the importance of ensuring that patients are properly informed and educated afterwards about their condition and the steps necessary in order that they make a good recovery and maintain their health in the future.

Length of publication: 16 pages

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One million more men: The Men’s Health Forum physical activity and sport challenge

July 22, 2010

Source: Men’s Health Forum

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Date of publication: June 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This policy statement was published for National Men’s Health Week by the Men’s Health Forum. It challenges government, the NHS, sport organisations and charities to work together to help one million more middle-aged men in England achieve the Chief Medical Officer’s minimum recommended levels of physical activity by 2012. It gives recommendations to tackle the problem of physical inactivity in men, which is directly linked to cardiovascular disease and other major health problems.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Prevention of cardiovascular disease at population level

July 21, 2010

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

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Date of publication: June 2010

Publication type: Practice guidelines

In a nutshell: This guidance comprises two sets of recommendations, aimed at national policy makers and local practitioners. Recommendations for policy makers outline a national framework of action, including food labelling, marketing, and consumption of salt and transfats. Recommendations for practice focus on how to develop effective regional cardiovascular disease prevention programmes. Tools such as a costing report, a costing template and slide set are available from NICE to support the implementation of their guidance.

Length of publication: 124 pages

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A guide to commissioning cardiac surgical services

March 10, 2010

Source: NHS Improvement

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Date of publication: February, 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: In 2008-9, eight NHS trusts were involved as demonstration sites to test out new approaches to care and improvements to patient services. This publication provides examples of where these sites have delivered innovation within their service.

Length of publication: 60 pages

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Defining and setting national goals for cardiovascular health promotion and disease reduction

February 10, 2010

Source: Circulation, 2010, 121 (4) p. 586-613

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Date of publication: February 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Recommendations of the Goals and Metrics Committee of the Strategic Planning Task Force of the American Heart Association (AHA). This committee has determined the metrics needed to monitor cardiovascular health over time, and recommends goals for further reductions in cardiovascular disease and stroke mortality. Its Impact Goals are: ‘By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%’. These goals will require new strategic directions from the AHA in its research, clinical, public health and advocacy programmes for cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention in the next decade and beyond.

Length of publication: 28 pages

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Acknowledgement: American Heart Association