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New strategy will aim to tackle cardiovascular disease

9 July 2012 - 6:28pm

Health care professionals should have greater knowledge to help them support people living with cardiovascular diseases, says a report launched today at the House of Commons.

The report has been jointly produced by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

Its purpose is to outline the priorities for a new cardiovascular disease outcomes strategy, being developed by the Department of Health (DH).

Key recommendations

It makes 14 key recommendations to the DH.

These include:

  • developing new models of palliative care for people living with cardiovascular diseases
  • ensuring patients receive information about voluntary and community sector support
  • raising public awareness about lifestyle factors that can reduce the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases.

The report also states that the government should consider imposing regulations for marketing foods high in fat, sugar and salt to children and the introduction of plain tobacco packaging.

File 107695Commenting on the recommendations Clare Claridge (pictured right), CSP professional advisor, said:

‘Physiotherapy staff are expert at providing rehabilitation for cardiovascular disease related conditions, such as stroke and cardiac disease.

‘This report highlights the importance of physiotherapists also using their expertise to help prevent the onset of lifestyle diseases, supporting clients through behaviour change and signposting to local support services.’

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