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> Helping Fight Against Heart Disease, At the University of Glasgow
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post 12th Apr 2007, 10:51am
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| The University of Glasgow is helping in the fight against heart disease with the appointment of a unique nursing lectureship. Susan Kennedy is the first British Heart Foundation Lecturer in Cardiac Care - the only such post funded by the BHF in the UK. Susan will bring her experience both of teaching and researching cardiovascular disease as well as her practical skills of managing patients with heart disease both in general practice and hospital to her new role.

Susan said: "Glasgow University has a strong record in coronary care and this post is another piece of the jigsaw.

"I will be helping to educate a new generation of health care professionals who are going to make a real difference to the quality of life for thousands of cardiac patients in the coming years.

"The role of nurses in treating patients who have had heart problems is increasingly important. Advances in both understanding and technology means that nurses and other health care professionals have a much greater role to play.

"Heart care nurses can provide highly specialised care to patients by carrying out procedures which a few years ago would have had to have been performed by doctors.

"Now these treatments can often be applied by a nurse with the right training.

"Having nursing staff with this expertise is vitally important in Scotland. It is an unfortunate fact that we have one of the worst heart disease records in Europe.

"By having well-trained cardiac nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals both in hospital and the community, we can help in the fight to prevent heart disease.

"Cardiac nurses can also assist with patients in the home by carrying out drug monitoring and supervision of patients. It is well known that patients appreciate nursing staff, and by giving them this level of highly specialised care, we can improve their experience at what can be a very stressful time for them.

Another aspect of the role is to support and develop a research programme about how best to deliver effective cardiac care.

"It is fantastic the BHF are funding this post and it shows their commitment to cardiac care. It’s a great initiative to help develop a highly skilled workforce."

Dr Mike Knapton, Director of Prevention and Care, BHF says: “It's a sad fact that heart and circulatory disease is Scotland's biggest killer. Susan will help equip nurses with the vital skills they need to treat people suffering from heart disease.

“I am delighted the BHF has supported this appointment. With more funding we can help pioneer more projects like this that help improve patient care.”

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post 12th Apr 2007, 11:26am
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And I am delighted too. Thanks GG
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post 12th Apr 2007, 05:27pm
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why is it that heart and circulatory disease in Scotland are the biggest killers, is it due to life style and (or) environment and also at what age group is it most predominant.
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post 12th Apr 2007, 08:27pm
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This is great news GG Hopefully it will assist waiting times into shorter waiting times & that many other Nurses take the training,should aleviate some of the pressures that waiting for Drs cause.


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post 12th Apr 2007, 09:56pm
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Excellent News for Glasgow[The City with the Big Heart]


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post 13th Apr 2007, 01:12am
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Hear disease is the biggest killer of women all over the world, worse than breast cancer and other diseases and conditions. I am delighted to see this initiative in Glasgow.
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post 13th Apr 2007, 10:54pm
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I think a lot of Glasgow's heart problems stem from early eating habits .I for one used to love a piece in drippin.Went to the butchers for drippin to fry my chips in .Not too many years ago on a trip home I went to stay with an old Auntie and she took a big lump of drippin out of her press ,broke off a chunk to put in the pan to fry some bacon for my breakfast !!!!Hopefully ,future generations will have a better knowledge of nutrition .Well done Glasgow Uni .A step in the right direction .


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post 14th Apr 2007, 03:47am
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There are strong links to heart disease from alcohol consumption ,diet and lifestyle, fat intake plays a large part in cardiac complaints by clogging up the arteries, sedentary lifestyles as well as stress cause heart attacks.Education is more widely available to people nowadays and individuals should be more wary about what they are doing to themselves and try to prevent themselves from becoming candidates for a heart attack.


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post 14th Apr 2007, 12:44pm
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Another example of the NHS being dumbed down. Nurses with little or no experience in cardiac procedures being let loose on vulnerable patients simply because they cheaper to employ. It takes doctors and consultants over 10 years to attain to the competence to perform cardiac procedures and yet they tell you that a nurse will attain the same competence in less than 3 years. This will bring no benefit to the patients.
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post 14th Apr 2007, 11:06pm
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I have to agree with you greenrizla another cheap option. My doctor was amazed when I questioned his decision to put me on Statins to take me out of the 'at risk of a heart attack' group without any discussion on diet or lifestyle. These drugs are being used as a cheap medical solution to a social problem i.e. Glasgow's claim to be the heart attack capital of Europe. I do not think that dispensing liver threatening drugs that require lifetime monitoring is the answer if education on healthy eating and lifestyles and if the correlation between low income and poor diet are ignored.
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I couldnt agree more.Cardiac nurses specialise in their field , but it is no compensation for a Doctor, I do think it is a venture to save money which could actually become very expensive at the end of the day and this comes from a nurse with 30 years service.


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