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A pioneering mobile heart scanning clinic staffed by nurses is pushing the boundaries of nursing practice as well as cutting waiting times for patients in rural parts of North Wales.
“A new blood test could help diagnose people with inherited heart conditions,” BBC News reports.
A new treatment has been approved for NHS use for treating hypercholesterolaemia, meaning access should be made available to treat eligible patients.
Some cancer treatments can lead to heart complications, especially in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions.
Nurses with high blood pressure and physically demanding jobs are nearly three times more likely to develop heart disease as those with normal pressure and less active roles, according to researchers.
A daily dose of beetroot juice significantly improves exercise endurance and blood pressure in older patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, say US researchers.
Health promotion is part of every nurse’s role but conversations are not always easy to start. Practice nurse and health promotion enthusiast, Jaqui Walker, explains how World Cancer Research Fund can help
A system of colour-coded badges has been introduced at a specialist hospital in London to help nurses identify their role in an emergency, helping to boost staff confidence.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a special smartphone that monitors the health of heart failure patients and alerts nurses if they are at risk of deteriorating.
“NHS Health Checks scheme hailed as ‘remarkable success’,” Pulse magazine reports, while The Sun adds “GP quiz [is a] life saver”.