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It is now time to join forces under the banner of preventive cardiology

Editorial by Massimo F Piepoli, EACPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Section

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 for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation
Massimo F. Piepoli et al.
DOI: 10.1177/2047487312449597
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology published online 20 June 2012

Prevention


Cardiology and secondary prevention, including cardiac rehabilitation, have evolved almost independently of each other and although each makes a unique contribution, it is now time to join forces under the banner of preventive cardiology and create a comprehensive model that optimizes long term outcomes for patients and reduces the future burden on health care services.

These are the aims that the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation has foreseen to promote secondary preventive cardiology in clinical practice.