I ran a short workshop on Saturday for a few clients and while we discussed juices vs. smoothies I was explaining the work I do with my Super Seniors. I’ve known for a long time that just turning up to a club like ours give members a much better chance of avoiding further problems. The thing I find interesting is that this protective effect has as much to do with friendship and support as the exercise activities I offer – never thought I’d admit that!
Then I found this article published in SAGA newsletter- have a read. Maybe you’ll decide to join a support group for your rehab, or encourage someone close to you to…..
Reduce the risk of a second heart attack
By Lesley Dobson , Thursday 14 November 2013
New guidelines on cardiac rehabilitation aim to improve heart health, both in and out of hospital.
Scientists know that taking part in a cardiac rehabilitation programme after you’ve had a heart attack can help improve your health and reduce your risk of having another heart attack.
Now the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published updated guidance on the best ways to reduce this risk.
The UK death rate from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is quite high when compared with other countries. CHD causes more than 103,000 deaths a year. And there are around one million men and almost 500,000 women in the UK who have survived a heart attack.
The aim of the updated guideline is to help prevent those heart attack survivors from having another heart attack. The new guideline recommends:
Cardiac rehabilitation should be started as soon as possible, and before the patient is discharged from hospital.
Patients should be invited to a cardiac rehabilitation session, starting within 10 days of their return home.
Cardiac rehabilitation programmes should be offered in a choice of places, including in hospital, in the community, and even in their own homes.
The programme should provide a range of different types of exercise to meet the needs of people of all ages, or those who have other illnesses.
“Cardiac rehabilitation has been identified by national government, the health service and NICE as a vital part of the care that people with heart disease should receive, yet provision and take-up remains patchy across the UK,” says Joseph Clift, Policy Manager at the British Heart Foundation.
“In a tough financial climate for the NHS, it’s crucial to invest in effective chronic disease management that improves patients’ quality of life and stops their health deteriorating. These services should be fully funded and every patient who is suitable should be offered a place on a programme.”
The new guideline recommends that people who have had a heart attack should eat a Mediterranean-style diet, with more bread, fruit, vegetables and fish. Other major priorities in the updated guidelines include the use of drugs after a heart attack. This includes treatment to prevent blood clots and drugs to reduce blood pressure and to control heart rhythm and rate.
“People who have had a heart attack, almost 80,000 in England and Wales in 2011–2012, are at increased risk of a further attack, but there is a lot we can do to help them reduce this risk,” says Dr Phil Adams, retired consultant cardiologist and Chair of the Guideline Development Group.
“The guideline stresses the importance of starting cardiac rehabilitation very early so that people can straight away start to learn about the lifestyle changes that will help, for instance stopping smoking, and can make plans for exercise when they are ready.”
“The guideline also makes recommendations to make drug treatment as effective as possible, bringing in the new drugs to stop clotting in the arteries, and most important, emphasising communication about drug plans between all those caring for people who have had a heart attack.”
To find out more about cardiac rehabilitation programmes, talk to your GP or heart specialist.
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