Many newer drug classes are available to healthcare professionals for the management of type 2 diabetes. This month’s Back to Basics feature is a useful wallchart showing the targets for oral type 2 diabetes medications in the liver, gut, pancreas, kidney and muscle/adipose tissue.
This NHS Health Check overview shows the target age groups and risk factors assessed during the process. All these details should be recorded on the primary care record. The overview highlights the risk assessment, lifestyle management, clinical assessment and risk management processes involved in the NHS Health Check.
Cardiovascular disease is a much more preventable issue than many healthcare professionals realise. Medical advances, together with reduced premature mortality from CVD and increased life expectancy, means that on top of the demands of an ageing population we are also living ‘less-well’ for longer, and creating a different kind of pressure on services.
The recent British Society for Heart Failure meeting included presentations from some of the UK’s leading experts in HF. This report focuses on some of the topics that will be useful to professionals in primary care with an interest in HF management.
The concept of primary prevention of cardiovascular disease is certainly not new, and although much work has been done, there appears to be a drive to think differently about the way in which such initiatives are delivered. The workplace offers a convenient alternative environment to the conventional health care setting where employees can receive health and well-being services, including health checks and educational sessions.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Ireland and diminishes quality of life and places a burden on health care services. There is little known about CVD with regard to nurses’ health in Ireland. The overall aim of this study was to assess the lifestyle of cardiac nurses working in an acute setting for the first time in Ireland. These findings may have implications for primary care nurses.
Free of charge CPD approved Practice and Community Nursing programme. Includes diabetes and cardiovascular disease, chronic asthma guidance, immunisation, sexual & reproductive health and travel health. Plus streams on women’s health, dermatology, CVD, allergy, weight management, nutrition, older people, end of life, wound care, 180 exhibitors and hands-on workshops.
In 2015 West Hampshire CCG (WHCCG) recognised that there was a significant burden of undiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF), which was resulting in an excess of preventable strokes. This could be improved by the prescription of anticoagulation in those at increased risk. A brief case study describes how the CCG improved outcomes for high-risk patients.
Stories in this Evidence in Practice include:
- Health survey for England, 2016: The good and the bad news
- Healthy lifestyle changes have a long-term benefit for type 2 diabetes prevention
- Weight loss diets reduce the risk of premature death for people with obesity
- Very low calorie diet can achieve a remission of Type 2 Diabetes
- Dash diet plus sodium reduction lowers systolic blood pressure
- Long-term follow-up underscores benefits of lowering LDL-C in CVD primary prevention
- Blood pressure self-monitoring is more effective with professional support
- AF and other chronic conditions = higher risk of death
- Clinical trials underestimate the real-world impact of Atherosclerotic CVD
- The burden of heart failure continues to rise in the UK