The use of electronic cigarettes has been marked by huge growth in sales and ongoing controversy over their value in helping smokers to quit. This article originally published on our sister title – the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal, discusses some of the key issues for primary healthcare professionals on this new technology.
The BSH’s 18th annual meeting included a number of exciting presentations from some of the leading experts in heart failure. The report includes an update on some of the key trials that reported during the year.
Despite good evidence that physical activity is effective in preventing health complications, less than half of adults meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity. This article reviews the use and value of high-intensity interval exercise (short bursts of exercise) in different groups to reduce the risk of long-term conditions.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains a national priority and primary care has a pivotal role in successfully addressing this urgent issue. This was the key message of Issues & Answers in Cardiovascular Disease 2015 conference, which participants and faculty said was the 'most successful' in the series to date.
The World Health Organization recognises that 80% of CHD could be prevented by positive lifestyle changes. Healthcare professionals should encourage and support patients to quit smoking, increase physical activity, and make positive dietary and lifestyle changes to help better manage their heart health.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the term used to describe long-lasting abnormal kidney function and/or structure. It is common and often exists together with other conditions like cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes. CKD is an essential diagnosis because treatment can reduce the risk of CVD and prevent or slow progression to kidney failure. This is your briefing on important NICE guideline changes that will help us to better identify at-risk patients while making over-diagnosis less likely.
Heart failure is a complex clinical syndrome, characterised by symptoms including breathlessness, fatigue, reduced exercise tolerance and fluid retention. Signs and
symptoms may be non-specific or difficult to elicit, and some primary healthcare professionals continue to lack confidence in their ability to identify patients with HF.
A systematic approach to history-taking, examination and referral aims to help improve the accuracy of the diagnosis and ensure that HF patients are referred for specialist assessment and receive evidence-based therapies.