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The importance of Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR):
The WHO report “Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action” (1) demonstrated the importance of developing CR as a normal part of the treatment pathway of heart disease patients and highglighted the need to strengthen rehabilitation in health systems to meet the existing and future needs of populations.
This overview of CR in Europe was prepared by
In this overview section on Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) the reader may find a valuable source of information and inspiration based on the work of the National CVD Prevention Coordinators from ESC member countries.
This first version is derived from 28 "Country of the Month" reports. Additional countries will be incorporated in the next version.
There are many lessons to be learnt!
Since most "Country of the Month" reports do not focus on phase I (within the hospital admission period) and phase III (community-based) CR, the purpose of this web section is:
Hopefully, this summary will enable one to feel the pulse of European CR as a whole and highlight successful measure that should be generalised as much as possible.
An online survey was sent to National Coordinators of 54 ESC member countries (57% participation rate):
Download the results (pdf)
This section is divided in six major topics, with more detailed information from specific countries under each topic:
Note: The content of this article reflects the personal opinion of the author/s and is not necessarily the official position of the European Society of Cardiology.
1. The WHO report: “Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action”, February 2017
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