An integrated and coordinated approach to preventing recurrent coronary heart disease events in Australia

Med J Aust. 2009 Jun 15;190(12):683-6. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02636.x.


Implementing existing knowledge about cardiac rehabilitation (CR) and heart failure management could markedly reduce mortality after acute coronary syndromes and revascularisation therapy. Contemporary CR and secondary prevention programs are cost-effective, safe and beneficial for patients of all ages, leading to improved survival, fewer revascularisation procedures and reduced rehospitalisation. Despite the proven benefits attributed to these secondary prevention interventions, they are not well attended by patients. Modern programs must be flexible, culturally safe, multifaceted and integrated with the patient's primary health care provider to achieve optimal and sustainable benefits for most patients.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Coronary Disease / epidemiology
  • Coronary Disease / prevention & control*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / methods*
  • Humans
  • Morbidity / trends
  • Policy Making*
  • Primary Prevention / organization & administration*
  • Secondary Prevention / organization & administration*
  • Societies, Medical*