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

Tom G. Briffa, Leigh Kinsman, Andrew J. Maiorana, Robert Zecchin, Julie Redfern, Patricia M. Davidson, Glenn Paull, Amanda Nagle, A. Robert 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 (US)
Pages (from-to)683-686
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume190
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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