Preventive Cardiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation & Sports Cardiology

20.11.2017 - 23.11.2017

Preventive Cardiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation & Sports Cardiology - From Set-up to New Frontiers

Cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of death and disability in most European countries. Secondary prevention has become a cornerstone of treatment, but a majority of patients do not achieve guideline standards, predisposing them to progression of disease, recurrent events, and heart failure.
Modern preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation programmes, appropriately adapted to medical and cultural settings, have the potential to effectuate a healthier lifestyle, better risk factor control and adherence with cardioprotective medication.
However, in most European countries, less than 50% of cardiac patients attend these programmes. There is a clear need to improve the situation by increasing the number programmes, facilitating the access to these programmes, and tailoring these programmes to the requirements of the patients.
Moreover, the fixed-term and often centre-based programmes have to be modified based on patients preferences and provide concepts for long-term management. The World Health Organisation underscores in their action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases the importance of improving quality and coverage of secondary prevention and rehabilitation following heart attacks and stroke.

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