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

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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

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Acknowledgement: NHS Improvement – Heart


NHS failing to screen for deadly heart condition

February 10, 2011

Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

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Date of publication: January 2011

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: 100.000 people are at risk of developing familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) as trusts fail to act on NICE guidelines which call for early diagnosis. A UK-wide audit found that very few families were systematically genetically screened for the inherited condition.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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iPlato supports Birmingham health checks

July 6, 2010

Source: E-Health Insider Primary Care

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Date of publication: 18th June 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: 24 GP practices in Birmingham have been using text messaging to invite patients to attend for their NHS Health Check. A 44% success rate has been achieved so far from 1850 referrals.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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New guidelines propose regular heart checks for all Scots over 40

May 11, 2010

Source: Herald Scotland, 29th April 2010

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Date of publication: April 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Guidelines launched in Scotland last month specify that all patients aged 40 and over should be invited to have their blood pressure tested every five years. The standards also state that GPs should check whether their patients are smokers every two years. The manadatory guidelines focus on preventing heart disease, but patients who have developed heart disease will also be given a variety of options to help improve their health under the new standard of care.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: National Heart Forum


Evaluation of a cardiovascular disease opportunistic risk assessment pilot (‘Heart MOT’ service)

May 11, 2010

Source: Journal of Public Health, 2010, 32 (1) p. 110-116

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study evaluated a pilot scheme for a cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment service in 23 community pharmacies in a UK urban setting. The pilot demonstrated that community pharmacies can support GP practices by providing a service which encourages uptake from males, Black and Asian communities and deprived communities.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Acknowledgement: Oxford Journals


Estimating the population impact of screening strategies for identifying and treating people at high risk of cardiovascular disease

May 7, 2010

Source: BMJ, 25 April 2010, 340 (232), c1693

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Date of publication: 25 April 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Modelling study conducted by the MRC Epidemiology Unit at Addenbrookes Hospital, and the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Cambridge University.  Compares the cost and likely effectiveness of the current national screening strategy for all 40 – 74 year olds, with a screening programme concentrating on identified likely high risk individuals.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Acknowledgement: BBC News 25 April 2010


Comparison of mass and targeted screening strategies for cardiovascular risk

February 10, 2010

Source: Heart, 2010, 96 (3), p. 208-212

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Date of publication: February, 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The Scottish Health Survey provided data on 3921 asymtomatic individuals between 40 and 74 years old. Five screening strategies were evaluated for their effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in cardiovascular primary prevention. It was found that targeted screening was less costly than mass screening, and could identify up to 84% of high-risk individuals.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Delivering the NHS health check: a practical guide to point-of-care testing

December 7, 2009

Source: NHS Improvement: heart

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Best practice

In a nutshell: A practical guide, covering the pros and cons of using point-of-care testing (POCT), the issues and challenges, along with possible solutions. Includes useful case studies from PCTs around the UK.

Length of publication: 20 pages

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Acknowledgement:  Heart Improvement e-bulletin 16 November 2009


Strategies to screen and reduce vascular risk

November 12, 2009

Source: Heart Online First, 26 October 2009

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Date of publication: October, 2009

Publication type: Editorial

In a nutshell: This editorial compares mass and targeted screening strategies, and argues that population-wide health protection measures need supplementation with targeted screening programmes for those at particular risk.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Acknowledgement: Heart and Education in Heart


Should coronary calcium screening be used in cardiovascular prevention strategies?

September 11, 2009

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2009, 361 (10) p. 990-997

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Date of publication: September, 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article discusses whether the use of routine widespread coronary-artery calcium (CAC) scanning would lead to an improvement in quality of care and clinical outcomes.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Identifying patients at risk of cardiovascular disease: a pharmacist-managed screening event

August 16, 2009

Source: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 2009, 49 (4) p. 549-553

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Date of publication: July, 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A community pharmacy managed a risk-screening programme for cardiovascular disease, which was co-ordinated by a health benefit consulting company. The pharmacist-managed screening programme was found to be a useful tool for identifying participants who were at risk from cardiovascular disease. These at-risk patients could then be asked to participate in a cardiovascular risk management service.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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