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Changing perceptions: how heart disease conversations with all ages could save lives

Heart disease does not discriminate against age – despite what a lot of patients think. Senior cardiac nurse Philippa Hobson, speaking at the recent RCNi chronic disease study day, discusses the benefits of a cardiac rehabilitation programme

Heart disease does not discriminate against age – despite what a lot of patients think. Senior cardiac nurse Philippa Hobson, speaking at the recent RCNi chronic disease study day, discusses the benefits of a cardiac rehabilitation programme

We know that heart disease results in angina and heart attacks, which can lead to heart failure. It is one of the UK’s biggest killers and remains the leading cause of death worldwide.

If I had a pound for every patient who said to me, ‘My mum smoked for 40 years and she didn’t have a heart attack, so it won’t happen to me,’ I wouldn’t be writing this.

People firmly perceive themselves as fit and healthy and, as they don’t feel unwell, they don’t take steps to protect their health for the future. Why would they worry about there not

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