Challenges in secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases: A review of the current practice

Massimo F Piepoli, Ugo Corrà, Ana Abreu, Margaret Cupples, Costantinos Davos, Patrick Doherty, Stephan Höfer, Esteban Garcia-Porrero, Bernhard Rauch, Carlo Vigorito, Heinz Völler, Jean-Paul Schmid, on behalf of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation of the ESC

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With the changing demography of populations and increasing prevalence of co-morbidity, frail patients and more complex cardiac conditions, the modern medicine is facing novel challenges leading to rapid innovation where evidence and experiences are lacking. This scenario is also evident in cardiovascular disease prevention, which continuously needs to accommodate its ever changing strategies, settings, and goals. The present paper summarises actual challenges of secondary prevention, and discusses how this intervention should not only be effective but also efficient. By this way the paper tries to bridge the gaps between research and real-world findings and thereby may find ways to improve standard care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-119
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Early online date18 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

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