The newly launched national Blood Pressure Optimisation Programme has a big ambition – to prevent heart attacks and strokes at scale by helping primary care to do things differently. As we emerge from the latest wave of the pandemic and focus our energies on recovery and transformation of healthcare, England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) will be supporting integrated care systems (ICSs) and primary care networks (PCNs) to innovate in the diagnosis and management of hypertension.
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Heart Failure is a misunderstood and misdiagnosed condition, as malignant as some of the most common cancers, it should be treated with the same urgency. With the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this issue has become more pressing than ever, with at least 23,000 missed cases of heart failure in the last year that we know about.
The British Society for Heart Failure, the professional association of heart failure specialists in the UK, wishes to address this lack of awareness in their quest to make heart failure a national priority. Their campaign, Freedom from Failure - The F Word, has been developed to inform and educate whilst inspiring a sense of hope, encouraging each of us to learn more about this important condition, to recognise the symptoms such as Fighting for breath, Fatigue and Fluid build-up in ourselves and our loved ones and to seek timely medical help.
Please see below some useful resources focused on Cardiac Rehabilition:
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UCLPartners has developed a series of proactive care frameworks to support primary care teams to manage patients with cardiovascular and respiratory long-term conditions.
Please click here to find out more and access free tools and resources to support the primary care workforce: https://uclpartners.com/proactive-care/
Thrombosis UK is delighted to publish the National Thrombosis Survey Report developed with collaboration from NHS GIRFT (Getting It Right First Time) and the VTE Exemplar Network.
An update on primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In this article, we focus on risk factor management for people with established CVD, with the aim of preventing further cardiovascular events.
The British Heart Valve Society (BHVS) has produced a book for patients, all about heart valve disease. It is available for purchase through the BHVS website: https://www.bhvs.org.uk/book/
It was written with patients in mind and with heavy input from patients. Initial feedback has been really positive. It has been beautifully illustrated by a professional graphic designer.
As we are all aware, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people have sought help when experiencing symptoms of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Despite TV advertisements and government messaging, we are still seeing an increase in deaths due to heart disease and strokes.
Public Health England has just published the latest iteration of their CVD prevention packs which provide STP/CCG/Practice level data around all aspects of cardiovascular disease prevention.