All forms of smoking are bad for the heart

June 11, 2015

Source: European Society of Cardiology

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Smoking of all types is still, without any competition, the strongest risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It beats everything. There has been a lot of research over the past 2-3 years which makes us very clear that all tobacco use, including the waterpipe, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, is simply not good for your health” said ESC prevention spokesperson Professor Joep Perk

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: European Society of Cardiology


What is preventing progress? Time to move from talk to action

November 10, 2014

Source: The Richmond Group of Charities

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Date of publication: November 2014

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report argues that tackling common risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, inactivity and unhealthy eating would drastically reduce the number of people affected by heart disease, cancer, lung disease and diabetes. The ten charities involved in the report outline nine key calls to action for politicians and decision-makers to ensure that disease prevention is at the top of the agenda.

Length of publication: 15 pages

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Effect of screening and lifestyle counselling on incidence of ischaemic heart disease

June 19, 2014

Source: BMJ, 2014, 348 (7963)

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This community-based randomised controlled trial gave screening, risk assessment and lifestyle counselling over a five-year period. The incidence of ischaemic heart disease in the intervention group was compared to that of the control group, who did not receive screening. Secondary outcome measures were stroke, combined events (ischaemic heart disease, stroke, or both), and mortality.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Activate Your Heart: Leicester activates heart care

December 11, 2012

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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Date of publication: 12November 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A new cardiac rehabilitation programme has been started by staff and patients of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust: Activate Your Heart  an online self management programme which can also be accessed via smartphone or tablet device.

Length of publication:  1 web page plus link to website

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Population approaches to improve diet, physical activity and smoking habits

October 9, 2012

Source: Circulation, 2012, 126 (12) p. 1514-1563

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication type: Policies

In a nutshell: This scientific statement from the American Heart Association systematically reviewed the current evidence for effective population approaches to improve eating habits, increase physical activity and reduce smoking. A range of population-based strategies promoting changes to lifestyle were identified and graded. The findings provide a framework for policy makers and other stakeholders to implement effective interventions.

Length of publication: 50 pages

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Acknowledgement: American Heart Association


The “Million Hearts” Initiative – preventing heart attacks and strokes

October 12, 2011

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2011, 365 (13) p. e27

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The Million Hearts Initiative has been launched by US government agencies working with a broad range of private sector partners. Their aim is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. They plan to do this by implementing effective and inexpensive clinical and community innovations and initiatives. Interventions will involve areas such as aspirin use, cholesterol management, improving nutrition and reducing smoking.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Closing the gap: tackling cardiovascular disease and health inequalities

October 8, 2009

Source: Care Quality Commission

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Date of publication: September, 2009

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report calls for a renewed drive to reduce the number of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) by prescribing statins, promoting stop smoking services and cholesterol management. Poorer areas of the country in particular should be targeted for these improvements. The national study found that health inequalities still exist between people in the most deprived areas compared with those in other parts of the country, of which CVD is the biggest cause.

Length of publication: 44 pages

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