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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
This useful wallchart gives at-a-glance advice on diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure in adults, based on the most recent hypertension guidelines from NICE.
Category: Back to Basics
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
The first Health Survey England (HSE) in 1994 revealed a ‘rule of halves’ since only half of people with hypertension were diagnosed, of which half were treated and of those, only half were controlled. Have matters improved over the more than 20 years since the first HSE survey?
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest sustained cardiac dysrhythmia, but is asymptomatic in about one quarter of patients. Case finding with subsequent assessment of the risk of stroke and bleeding are essential to ensure that the right patients receive appropriate intervention with oral anticoagulation.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF), together with the condition’s associated stroke and systemic thromboembolic risk, is increasing significantly. Fortunately, there are clear, evidence-based clinical guidelines and risk stratification tools, to ensure that patients can make informed choices about optimising their treatment and care.
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
In the first 15 months of its operation, Bradford’s Healthy Hearts campaign has significantly improved the cardiovascular health of local people, and saved an estimated £1.2 m for the clinical commissioning group. 
Category: Editorial
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
 Approaches to the prevention of cardiovascular disease should be tailored to each individual. But almost everyone will benefit from lifestyle interventions that have been shown to reduce cardiovascular risk.
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
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
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
A review of guidelines on the use of statins for primary prevention suggest that US, Canadian and UK guidelines, which recommend lower thresholds for people to receive statins, are more effective than European recommendations.
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) has recently published new guidelines on bariatric surgery and ongoing management, with recommendations for an increased role for primary care in follow-up.
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