An integrated and coordinated approach to preventing recurrent coronary heart disease events in Australia: Policy statement from the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association

T.G. Briffa*, L. Kinsman, A.J. Maiorana, R. Zecchin, J. Redfern, P.M. Davidson, G. Paull, A. Nagle, A.R. Denniss

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Abstract

Implementing existing knowledge about cardiac rehabilitation (CR) and heart failure management could markedly reduce mortality after acute coronary syndromes and revascularisation therapy. • Contemporary CR and secondary prevention programs are cost-effective, safe and beneficial for patients of all ages, leading to improved survival, fewer revascularisation procedures and reduced rehospitalisation. • Despite the proven benefits attributed to these secondary prevention interventions, they are not well attended by patients. • Modern programs must be flexible, culturally safe, multifaceted and integrated with the patient's primary health care provider to achieve optimal and sustainable benefits for most patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-686
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume190
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

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