Thousands of heart patients are missing out on cardiac rehabilitation

December 9, 2016

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Thousands of heart patients are missing out on cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack, increasing their risk of suffering a fatal event, according to new figures released today.

Around 66,000 heart patients missed out on cardiac rehabilitation in 2014/15, an effective service to help recovery following a heart attack or procedure.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Do heart attack treatments change depending where you live?

July 14, 2016

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: July 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The care that you receive after a heart attack will vary greatly depending on where you live, a 10-year-long study suggested today.

This variation in care was largely due to differences in the delivery of heart attack treatments between hospitals.

The most frequently missed interventions were dietary advice, advice to help people to stop smoking and the prescription of a type of anti-clotting drug known as P2Y12 inhibitors, such as clopidogrel when indicated, which was associated with potentially avoidable deaths.

Some regions are only providing optimal care in just over 10 per cent of cases, the study funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) found.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:    British Heart Foundation


Vitamin D improves heart function in people with chronic heart failure

April 11, 2016

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: April 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  A five-year study at the University of Leeds suggests a daily dose of vitamin D improves heart function in people with chronic heart failure. The study, which was funded by the Medical Research Council and involved several BHF-funded researchers including BHF Professor Mark Kearney, found that in the 80 patients who took Vitamin D, the heart’s pumping function improved from 26 per cent to 34 percent. In the others, who took placebo, there was no change in cardiac function.

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation


Vitamin D ‘heals damaged hearts’

April 11, 2016

Source: BBC Health News

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Date of publication: April 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  A trial on 163 heart failure patients found supplements vitamin D, which is made in the skin when exposed to sunlight, improved their hearts’ ability to pump blood around the body.  The Leeds Teaching Hospitals team, who presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology, described the results as “stunning”.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: BBC Health News


Making the case for cardiac rehabilitation

April 11, 2013

Source: NHS Networks new content summary

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Date of publication: 19th March 2013

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report highlights the findings of a short study that looked at the relationship between uptake of cardiac rehabilitation and rates of unplanned cardiac readmission.

Length of publication: 24 pages

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Acknowledgement: NHS Networks


Core competences for the physical activity and exercise component for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation services

January 9, 2013

Source: British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR)

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Date of publication: 2012

Publication type: Best practice

In a nutshell: The Exercise Professionals Group of the BACPR has produced this 2nd edition. It is intended to ‘enable service providers and managers to ensure appropriate governance and safe and effective service delivery.’  Competency 12 deals with Service planning and management; Competency 13 covers Service evaluation.

Length of publication: 44 pages

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Acknowledgement: NHS Improvement – Heart ebulletin 20th Dec 2012


Activate Your Heart: Leicester activates heart care

December 11, 2012

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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Date of publication: 12November 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A new cardiac rehabilitation programme has been started by staff and patients of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust: Activate Your Heart  an online self management programme which can also be accessed via smartphone or tablet device.

Length of publication:  1 web page plus link to website

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Measuring outcomes in the Department of Health Commissioning pack for cardiac rehabilitation: final evaluation report

July 13, 2012

Source: NHS Improvement and the National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR)

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This is the final report of pilot studies carried out in seven centres across the UK, documenting their experiences of using the existing NACR audit to produce ‘useful commissioner-focussed information’ to gauge progress and manage performance, as required by the DH Commissioning pack for cardiac rehabilitation.

Length of publication: 34 pages

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Quality, innovation and value in cardiac rehabilitation: commissioning for improvement

June 6, 2012

Source: NHS Improvement: Heart

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Date of publication: 28 May 2012

Publication type: Online resource

In a nutshell: This is a fully interactive information resource with case studies, practical examples and top tips, to provide comprehensive support for commissioners and providers of cardiac rehabilitation services in England.

 Length of publication: 112 pages

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Acknowledgement: NHS Improvement: Heart ebulletin 28 May 2012


BACPR Standards and core components for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation 2012

April 11, 2012

Source: British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR)

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Date of publication: 2nd edition, March 2012

Publication type: Standards

In a nutshell: Identifies 7 core components: health behaviour change and education, lifestyle risk factor management, psychosocial health, medical risk factor management, cardioprotective therapies, long-term management, audit and evaluation. Sets standards for the delivery of comprehensive rehabilitation programmes, which are highly cost effective and fundamental to reducing mortality from CVD.

Length of publication: 28 pages

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Payment by results 2012-13: change to cardiac rehabilitation post-discharge tariff

March 5, 2012

Source: Department of Health, Payments by results guidance for 2012-13, p 42

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Date of publication: 16 February 2012

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: The post-discharge tariff is mandatory in 2012-13 in respect of the care of patients of trusts providing integrated acute and community services. Where services are not integrated, the tariffs can be used in local negotiations for joint commissioning of post discharge care pathways. It is anticipated that the tariff will be mandatory in 2013-14, and that PbR will eventually cover the whole cardiac rehabilitation pathway, not just the first 30 days post discharge.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Acknowledgement:  NHS Improvement Heart eBulletin, 5 March 2012


Heart UK cardiac rehabilitation report

February 13, 2012

Source: Heart UK

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Date of publication: January 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report highlights the variation in cardiac rehabilitation provision and uptake across the country, and makes recommendations to improve the quality of rehabilitation services for all patients.

Length of publication: 50 pages

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Acknowledgement: King’s Fund Health Management and Policy alert 17 January 2012