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

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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.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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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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