Evaluation of Big Lottery Fund/British Heart Foundation Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme: Final report

J Heaton, C Petrie, S Prady, B Lewin

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This is the final report of a three year evaluation of the Big Lottery Fund's (BIG) Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Programme, supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

CR is a multi disciplinary programme of care that helps heart patients learn how to manage the disease to reduce their chance of further problems and return to an active life. It has a 40 year history and metanalyses of more than 40 randomised trials have shown that it can reduce relative all cause mortality by 20%. In these trials people who attended also became more active, had lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, a better BMI and were less likely to smoke than those who didn't. In some trials CR also reduced anxiety and depression and improved quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBig Lottery Fund
Number of pages134
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • health services issues
  • ill/disabled adults

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