BP risk and heart disease


Blood Pressure Management in Primary Care

Author: Dr Terry McCormack. Published by Magister Consulting

Price: £19.95

This book, written by a GP, is aimed at doctors and nurses working in primary care. The book explains the modern concepts of hypertension management.

There is detailed, user-friendly advice on modern electronic sphygmomanometers, how nurses can take over prescribing, how to set up a local protocol, and what to do in difficult-to-treat cases.

The latest British Hypertension Society and NICE guidelines are discussed in a frank and honest manner, and the subjects of primary prevention risk scoring and management are covered, along with a comprehensive review of the new JBS 2 tables and guidelines.


Women and heart disease


This website aims to increase awareness of heart disease in women. In the UK, heart disease causes almost 114,000 deaths a year, with approximately one death in six occurring in women.

The website is divided into several sections. The prevention site contains information about the importance of a good diet and exercise.

The risk factors section discusses what risk factors contribute to heart disease. There is a useful BMI calculator and a chart against which to compare the figures.

The website would be useful for patients because it is easy to navigate and is informative and easy to understand, and would be worth directing patients to it if you feel they would benefit from extra information.

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