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Christopher Allen: Increased uptake of cardiac rehab urgently needed

Cardiac rehabilitation offers significant physical and emotional benefits to patients and has the potential to save lives. But the latest national audit of the programmes shows just under half of those eligible are missing out, says British Heart Foundation senior cardiac nurse Christopher Allen

Cardiac rehabilitation offers significant physical and emotional benefits to patients and has the potential to save lives. But the latest national audit of the programmes shows just under half of those eligible are missing out, says British Heart Foundation senior cardiac nurse Christopher Allen

The latest national audit of cardiac rehabilitation, published last month by the British Heart Foundation, revealed that the average uptake of cardiac rehabilitation in the UK was just 51% in 2015-16.

This means that almost half of those who were eligible – around 68,000 people – missed out, with the audit showing that patients from more deprived areas were less likely than those in more affluent areas to engage with the services.

It also showed a

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