Test fitness at primary school

July 12, 2015

Source: BBC Health News

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Date of publication: June 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Children should be tested for fitness, as well as maths and English, to reduce inactivity, say health campaigners. Campaign group ukactive says the UK faces a “ticking time bomb” of health problems due to lack of exercise. Its report says only half of seven-year-olds in England are active for an hour a day, and says more activity should take place in the classroom. “We should focus on the health of our hearts, not just the size of our waists,” say the authors.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: BBC Health News


How fat can help fight heart disease

July 12, 2015

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: June 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: BHF Research Fellow Professor Charalambos Antoniades at the University of Oxford presented his studies into how fat can help fight heart disease at this years British Cardiovascular Society Conference. The fat surrounding our blood vessels can help fight heart disease and reduce the risk of a heart attack, according to the research presented.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Smartphone-based home care model improved use of cardiac rehabilitation

November 7, 2014

Source: Heart, 2014, 100 (22) p. 1770-1779

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Date of publication: November 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This unblinded randomised controlled trial aimed to investigate the effect of smartphone-based home service delivery of cardiac rehabilitation compared with traditional centre-based programmes for post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients. The results of this smartphone-based home care cardiac rehabilitation programme showed improved post-MI cardiac rehabiliation uptake, adherence and completion.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Core competences for the physical activity and exercise component for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation services

January 9, 2013

Source: British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR)

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Date of publication: 2012

Publication type: Best practice

In a nutshell: The Exercise Professionals Group of the BACPR has produced this 2nd edition. It is intended to ‘enable service providers and managers to ensure appropriate governance and safe and effective service delivery.’  Competency 12 deals with Service planning and management; Competency 13 covers Service evaluation.

Length of publication: 44 pages

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Acknowledgement: NHS Improvement – Heart ebulletin 20th Dec 2012


Heart UK cardiac rehabilitation report

February 13, 2012

Source: Heart UK

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Date of publication: January 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report highlights the variation in cardiac rehabilitation provision and uptake across the country, and makes recommendations to improve the quality of rehabilitation services for all patients.

Length of publication: 50 pages

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Acknowledgement: King’s Fund Health Management and Policy alert 17 January 2012


Duration of treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and impact on risk of death and recurrent myocardial infarction in patients with prior myocardial infarction

June 8, 2011

Source: Circulation, 24 May 2011, vol 123 (20), pp 2226-2235

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This large nationwide cohort study in Denmark showed significantly increased risk of further MI and death associated with use of NSAIDs in patients with prior MI, even over short-term periods of treatment. Diclofenac was associated with the highest risk.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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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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