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Topic: Cardiovascular risk - Primary Care

Friday, 08 March 2019
In the 70 years since the NHS was founded there have indeed been remarkable successes in reducing mortality from common conditions, an important example being deaths due to heart and circulatory disease. Yet the statistics show that there is more to be done to prevent the toll of premature death and years of disability associated with CVD. For this reason, we welcome the continuing focus on CVD prevention as set out in this publication, produced with the support of PHE and NHS England.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains a significant cause of disability and death in the UK, and it is one of the conditions most strongly associated with health inequalities. We can help reduce the CVD burden by reminding our patients of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
In 2014, the Five-Year Forward View articulated clearly that, if the NHS is to be sustainable, it needs to get serious about prevention. The initial focus was on diabetes prevention; now the national prevention focus has switched to prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Category: Editorial
Monday, 01 April 2019
The Public Health England (PHE) action plan for 2017-181 outlined the scale of the cardiovascular disease (CVD) issue we face here in the UK. Affecting around 7 million people, CVD remains a significant cause of disability and death. In England, we know that it is responsible for one in four premature deaths and over a quarter of all deaths, which not only affect the individual but also their families, and impact the wider community too. Healthcare costs associated with CVD are estimated at £8.96 billion and non-healthcare costs at about £4.04 billion. 2 A recent report discusses the evidence for the success of population-based CVD prevention programmes in reducing the burden of illness for individuals and society.
Monday, 01 April 2019
The NHS Health Check is a national programme offering a health check-up every five years to adults in England aged 40 to 74 without a pre-existing cardiovascular condition. One of the largest prevention programmes of its type in the world, the programme is designed to help prevent and detect early signs of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia. 1 This article reviews the evidence that has accumulated since the programme was established.
Thursday, 14 March 2019
There appears to be an association between migraine and cardiovascular disease and especially ischaemic stroke. How real is the absolute risk, what may be the cause, and what, if anything should we tell our patients?
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 04 October 2018
People that sleep for more than 8 hours a night have a greater mortality and cardiovascular risk than those who sleep for under seven hours, according to a recent systematic review published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study also found that a sleep duration of 10 hours is linked with a 30% increased mortality risk compared to sleeping for seven hours.
Monday, 21 May 2018
Becoming more physically active after a myocardial infarction halves the risk of dying within four years, according to research presented at the EuroPrevent 2018 congress.
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Young people who watch one extra junk-food advert a week (over the average of six) consume an additional 350 calories in foods high in salt, sugar, and fat (HFSS) every week (18,000 each year).
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Recently announced results from the FOURIER trial show that treatment with the PCSK9 inhibitor evolocumab significantly reduced the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease on optimized statin therapy.
Category: Have You Heard

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