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Prevention and Rehabilitation

This page provides an overview of position papers and scientific statements from the European Association of Preventive Cardiology and its sections

Prevention
Risk Factors, Epidemiology, Rehabilitation and Sports Cardiology


EAPC publications

Challenges in secondary prevention after acute myocardial infarction: A call for action
A consensus statement by the European Association of Preventive Cardiology, The Acute Cardiovascular Care Association and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP), in the framework of the ESC Prevention of CVD Programme
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (EJPC) Published online before print on 6 September 2016
doi: 10.1177/2047487316663873

Healthy lifestyle interventions to combat noncommunicable disease - a novel nonhierarchical connectivity model for key stakeholders:

A policy statement from the American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, European Association of Preventive Cardiology, and American College of Preventive Medicine
Ross Arena, Marco Guazzi et al.; European Heart Journal, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehv207 first published online: 2 July 2015

Prevention, Epidemiology and Population Science

Expert position paper on air pollution and cardiovascular disease

on behalf of ESC Working Group on Thrombosis,European Association of Preventive Cardiology and ESC Heart Failure Association
David E. Newby et al.; European Heart Journal, DOI:10.1093/eurheartj/ehu458 published online: 9 December 2014

Population-level changes to promote cardiovascular health

on behalf of the Prevention, Epidemiology and Population Science Section of the EAPC)
Torben Jørgensen et al.; European Journal of Preventive Cardiology - April 2012 -  DOI: 10.1177/2047487312441726.

Sports Cardiology

Sudden cardiac arrest in sports – need for uniform registration:

A Position Paper from the Sport Cardiology Section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology
Erik E. Solberg et al.; European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, August 18, 2015 2047487315599891

Physical activity in adolescents and adults with congenital heart defects; individualized exercise prescription.

A position paper from the EAPC Sports Cardiology Section and the ESC Working Group of Grown Up Congenital Heart Disease
Werner Budts et al; Eur Heart J (2013) doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/eht433. First published online: November 7, 2013

4 articles by J A Drezner et al. (Br J Sports Med 2013) developed in collaboration between the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the Sports Cardiology Section of EAPC, the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center (F-MARC) and the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES):

Position paper: proposal for a core curriculum for a European Sports Cardiology qualification

On behalf of the Sports Cardiology Section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC)
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology published online 11 May 2012.  DOI: 10.1177/2047487312446673

Consensus document regarding cardiovascular safety at sports arenas

Position stand from the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, Section of Sports Cardiology
Mats Borjesson et al.; Eur Heart J (2011) 32 (17): 2119-2124, doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehr178

Cardiovascular evaluation of middle-aged/senior individuals engaged in leisure-time sport activities

Position stand from the sections of exercise physiology and sports cardiology of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
Borjesson M et al.; Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil.  June 2011 vol. 18 no. 3 446-458

Time for action regarding cardiovascular emergency care at sports arenas: a lesson from the arena study

On behalf of the Sports Cardiology Section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
Borjesson M et al.; European Heart Journal, doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehq006.

Recommendations for interpretation of 12-lead electrocardiogram in the athlete

On behalf of the Sections of Sports Cardiology of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation; and the Working Group of Myocardial and Pericardial Disease of the European Society of Cardiology
EJCPR February 2010 - Volume 17 - Issue 1 - pp 1-17

ESC Study Group of Sports Cardiology: recommendations for participation in leisure-time physical activity and competitive sports for patients with ischaemic heart disease

EJCPR. 13(2):137-149, April 2006.

ESC Study Group of Sports Cardiology Position Paper on adverse cardiovascular effects of doping in athletes

EJCPR. 13(5):687-694, October 2006.

Recommendations for participation in leisure-time physical activity and competitive sports in patients with arrhythmias and potentially arrhythmogenic conditions Part I: Supraventricular arrhythmias and pacemakers

On behalf of the Study Group on Sports Cardiology of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology
EJCPR August 2006; vol. 13, 4: pp. 475-484

Recommendations for participation in leisure-time physical activity and competitive sports of patients with arrhythmias and potentially arrhythmogenic conditions Part II: Ventricular arrhythmias, channelopathies and implantable defibrillators

On behalf of the Study Group on Sports Cardiology of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation
EJCPR October 2006; vol. 13, 5: pp. 676-686

ESC Study Group of Sports Cardiology Recommendations for participation in leisure-time physical activities and competitive sports for patients with hypertension

EJCPR. 12(4):326-331, August 2005.

Cardiovascular pre-participation screening of young competitive athletes for prevention of sudden death: proposal for a common European protocol

Consensus Statement of the Study Group of Sport Cardiology of the Working Group of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology and the Working Group of Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases of the European Society of Cardiology. Eur Heart J 2005;26:516-24.

Recommendations for competitive sports participation in athletes with cardiovascular disease.

A consensus document from the Study group of Sports Cardiology of the Working Group of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology and the Working Group of Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases of the European Society of Cardiology.  Eur Heart J 2005;26:1422-45.

Exercise, Basic and Translational Research

Clinical recommendations for cardiopulmonary exercise testing data assessment in specific patient populations

EAPC/AHA Joint Scientific Statement
Guazzi M (co-chair), Arena R (co-chair), et al. Eur Heart J (2012) doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehs221

Aerobic exercise intensity assessment and prescription in cardiac rehabilitation.

A Joint Position Statement of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Mezzani A (Co-Chair), Hamm LF (Co-Chair) et al.; Eur J Prev Cardiol 2012 and J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev 2012

Importance of characteristics and modalities of physical activity and exercise in defining the benefits to cardiovascular health within the general population: recommendations from the EAPC (Part I)

L Vanhees et al.  European Journal of Preventive Cardiology August 2012 vol. 19 no. 4 670-686, doi: 10.1177/2047487312437059

Importance of characteristics and modalities of physical activity and exercise in the management of cardiovascular health in individuals with cardiovascular risk factors: recommendations from the EAPC (Part II)

L Vanhees et al.  European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.  November 30, 2011, doi: 10.1177/1741826711430926

Importance of characteristics and modalities of physical activity and exercise in the management of cardiovascular health in individuals with cardiovascular disease (Part III)

L Vanhees et al.  European Journal of Preventive Cardiology January 23, 2012, doi: 10.1177/2047487312437063

Standards for the use of cardiopulmonary exercise testing for the functional evaluation of cardiac patients:

A report from the Exercise Physiology Section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
Mezzani A et al.; Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil 2009;16(3):249-267

Assessment of physical activity – a review of methodologies with reference to epidemiological research.

A report of the exercise physiology section of the EAPC.
EJCPR April 2010 - Volume 17 - Issue 2 - pp 127-139 Eur Heart J (2012) doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehs221

Cardiovascular pre-participation screening of young competitive athletes for prevention of sudden death: proposal for a common European protocol

Consensus Statement of the Study Group of Sport Cardiology of the Working Group of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology and the Working Group of Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases of the European Society of Cardiology. Eur Heart J 2005;26:516-24.

Recommendations for competitive sports participation in athletes with cardiovascular disease.

A consensus document from the Study group of Sports Cardiology of the Working Group of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology and the Working Group of Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases of the European Society of Cardiology.  Eur Heart J 2005;26:1422-45.

Recommendations for physical activity, recreation sport, and exercise training in paediatric patients with congenital heart disease

A report from the Exercise, Basic & Translational Research Section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, the European Congenital Heart and Lung Exercise Group, and the Association for European Paediatric Cardiology.
Takken T et al.; Eur J Prevent Cardiol 2012;19:1034-1065

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Secondary prevention in the clinical management of patients with cardiovascular diseases. Core components, standards and outcome measures for referral and delivery

A Policy Statement from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology
Massimo F. Piepoli et al.; DOI: 10.1177/2047487312449597. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology published online 20 June 2012

Secondary prevention through cardiac rehabilitation: from knowledge to implementation

A position paper from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology.
Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2009 Nov 26.doi 10.1097/HJR.0b013e3283313592

Secondary prevention through cardiac rehabilitation: physical activity counselling and exercise training

Key components of the position paper from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section for the European Association of Preventive Cardiology
Corrà U, Piepoli MF et al.; Eur Heart J. 2010;31:1967-74.

Future perspectives in cardiac rehabilitation: a new European Association of Preventive Cardiology Position Paper on ‘secondary prevention through cardiac rehabilitation

Ugo Corrà et al.; European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 1 December 2007 (Vol. 14, Issue 6, Pages 723-725)

Core components of cardiac rehabilitation in chronic heart failure (Executive Summary) 

Position Paper of the Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation 2005, 12:321-325 

Physical activity for primary and secondary prevention

Position paper of the Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology of the European Society of Cardiology.
Giannuzzi P, Mezzani A, Saner H,  et al.  Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2003;10(5):319-27.

Secondary Prevention Through Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Position Paper of the Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology of the European Society of Cardiology
Giannuzzi P, Saner H, Björnstad H, et al. Eur. Heart J., 2003; 24: 1273 - 1278

Cardiovascular pre-participation screening of young competitive athletes for prevention of sudden death: proposal for a common European protocol

Consensus Statement of the Study Group of Sport Cardiology of the Working Group of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology and the Working Group of Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases of the European Society of Cardiology. Eur Heart J 2005;26:516-24.

Recommendations for competitive sports participation in athletes with cardiovascular disease.

A consensus document from the Study group of Sports Cardiology of the Working Group of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology and the Working Group of Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases of the European Society of Cardiology. Eur Heart J 2005;26:1422-45.

Related Guidelines

European Guidelines on CVD Prevention in Clinical Practice

Developed to support healthcare professionals communicating with individuals about their cardiovascular (CV) risk and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and early modification of their CV risk. In addition, the guidelines provide tools for healthcare professionals to promote population-based strategies and integrate these into national or regional prevention frameworks and to translate these in locally delivered healthcare services, in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) global status report on non-communicable diseases 2010.

EHJ doi/10.1093/eurheartj/ehw106

Related Publications

 

Call for Action to promote a heart healthy environment in Europe

EJCPR 2008; Vol. 15, Issue 2, 125-127
Call for Action issued by the Joint European Societies Cardiovascular Prevention Committee encouraging European countries to pursue the creation of a heart healthy environment through various actions at a national level.