An educational workshop at the 2017 Issues & Answers conference highlighted heart valve disease and the important role of primary care in its effective management. Across the UK approximately 1.5 million people >65 years are currently affected by the disease numbers predicted to more than double to 3.3 million by 2056.
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.
NHS RightCare is a national NHS England-supported programme helping to ensure that the best possible care is delivered as efficiently as possible, and that this care is right for patients and will help ensure a sustainable NHS, now and for the future.