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Heart Disease

Evidence of effectiveness of interventions for secondary prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease in primary care could be described as being just what the doctor ordered. Fortunately that order has been filled with a new and accessible publication commissioned by the Anglia & Oxford RHA and written by Michael Moher.

The main report is about 80 pages long. It covers:-
  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Post-myocardial infarction
  • Chronic stable angina
  • Unstable angina
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Atrial fibrillation.


Michael Moher has done an admirable job. Each section covers topics like diagnosis and incidence, and the various treatment options. There is a summary of clinical practice implications and, most importantly, the quality of the evidence for each intervention is clearly laid out for the reader to perform his or her own weighting of the results. There are also copious references to key papers for further reading.

Bandolier would like to précis the document, but it is so tightly written that this is hardly possible. In fact, it is not even necessary, because a short nine page summary with all the salient conclusions is also available.

"Evidence of effectiveness of interventions for secondary prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease in primary care: A review of the literature" is available in full or in summary. Both can be obtained from
Sue Weston, Anglia & Oxford RHA,
Old Road,
Headington,
Oxford OX3 7LF.
Tel: 01865 226873
Fax: 01865 226959
The cost of the main document is £10 per copy, and the summary document is £5.



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