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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 was accomplished in two parts:
Hopefully, this summary allows you to feel the pulse of CR in Europe as a whole and highlights successful measures that could be generalised as much as possible.
There are many lessons to be learnt!
This part is divided in six major topics, with more detailed information from specific countries under each topic:
An online survey was sent to National CVD Prevention Coordinators of 51 ESC member countries (82% participation rate) to cover important demographical, structural and quality control topics:
Note: if you would like to use this presentation, please make sure that you refer to the source of the data in your acknowledgement: "Overview of Cardiac Rehabilitation in ESC member countries", EAPC Prevention in your Country section (www.escardio.org/EAPC).
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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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