UPDATED – Handbook for vascular risk assessment, risk reduction and risk management 2012

January 9, 2013

Source: NHS Health Check

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Date of publication: 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The Blue Book, 2008, has been updated on behalf of the UK National Screening Committee, by the original team commissioned from University of Leicester. Section 1 specifically covers cardiovascular risk assessment, but all inter-related conditions and risk factors are included in this evidence update.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus 48 page pdf

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

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Could blood tests pick up early ‘silent’ heart disease?

October 9, 2012

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A clinical trial in Dundee gave blood tests to 300 people with high blood pressure or cholesterol. The tests were for troponin and b-type natriuretic peptide. Positive tests were often associated with damage to the heart at an early stage. In the future, these tests, coupled with a simple heart scan, could be used to identify people with very early signs of heart disease. They could then be treated to prevent the disease from progressing.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: Journal of the American College of Cardiology


NHS Health Check: new Ready Reckoner tools

July 13, 2012

Source: NHS Health Check eBulletin, June 2012

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  The PCT tool identifies the potential service implications, benefits and cost savings resulting from implementing the NHS Health Check programme and has been updated with the latest ONS population data. An additional tool based on Local Authority boundaries has also been developed.

Length of publication: 1 web page plus links to tools

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


NHS Health Checks: presentations and feedback from NHS Health Check National Learning Network event, London, March 2012

April 13, 2012

Source: NHS Health Check 

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Presentations and associated resources

In a nutshell: A number of useful presentations including: ‘Management of people at high-risk of CVD’ and ‘Embedding the NHS Health Check programme within public health’.

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the resources. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


Cholesterol and a healthier nation: shared responsibility for better public health

December 14, 2011

Source: Heart UK

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Date of publication: 13 December 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report makes 8 recommendations to ensure adequate funding for NHS Trusts to implement fully the NHS Health Check programme in order to help prevent early death caused by high cholesterol and other cardiovascular risk factors.

Length of publication: 24 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


Why not screen for subclinical atherosclerosis?

September 11, 2011

Source: The Lancet, 2011, 378 (9792) p. 645-646

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication type: Commentary

In a nutshell: Two clinicians recommend a change in practice for the primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. They propose that non-invasive tests for subclinical atherosclerosis should be implemented.

Length of publication: 2 pages

Some important notes: You will need an NHS Athens username and password to access this article. Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


NHS Health Checks Ready Reckoner correction

May 11, 2011

Source: NHS Health Check

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Date of publication: 12 April 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The original version of the NHS Health Checks Ready Reckoner was published online in March 2011, but a calculation error was subsequently discovered. This has now been corrected and a new version is available to download. Those who previously used the tool to produce estimates based on local population split by age and gender, need to re-run their calculations using the new version.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: NHS Improvement – Heart