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Cardiovascular health

Primary care cardiovascular disease prevention post-pandemic: a call to action

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the effects of disrupting treatment for patients with hypertension. Data from the Quality Outcomes Framework from 2020–21 showed that optimisation rates for patients...

Assessment and examination of the cardiovascular system

A good history taking alone accounts for 75% of diagnoses before performing a physical examination and ordering additional tests are needed (Lown, 1999). With regards to the heart, this will provide...

What practice nurses need to know about the NICE chronic kidney disease guidelines

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined as a reduction in kidney function, or damage to kidney structure, which has persisted for greater than 3 months and which is associated with other...

Understanding the pharmacology of heart failure

HF is defined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) as a complex clinical syndrome that occurs from any structural or functional impairment of ventricular filling...

News Focus

The NHS will offer a range of tests including blood pressure, heart rhythm and cholesterol checks when people have their COVID-19 booster or flu jabs at vaccination centres this autumn..

Understanding primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

The NHS Health Check programme was designed to identify people with risk factors for CVD and ensure that they had access to the support and medication they might need to reduce that risk (Waterall,...

Cardiovascular disease: the gender divide

According to statistics from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) there are 830 000 women in the UK living with coronary heart disease (CHD), and around 380 000 women in the UK have survived a heart...

Understanding the pathogenesis of heart failure

Normally, cardiac physiology is able to meet the body's metabolic demand through sufficient cardiac output (CO) defined as stroke volume (ml) eg 70 ml, x heart rate (beats per minute) e.g. 70b pm,...

Hypertension: don't be silent about ‘the silent killer’

Over the years, the role of nurses in blood pressure management has changed significantly. There has been a move away from nurses simply measuring, monitoring and charting blood pressure to specialist...

Pre-diabetes and cardiovascular risk: detonating the time bomb

Worldwide, there are more than 400 million people with pre-diabetes, and it has been estimated that more than 470 million people will have prediabetes by 2030 (Middelbeek and Abrahamson, 2014).

Opportunities for practice nurses when managing heart failure

In most patients, in order to formulate an appropriate treatment plan diagnosis is based on a combination of the following factors:.

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