Cardiac Rehabilitation DVD from Ashford Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation programme now available

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Cardiac rehabilitation programmes are currently accessed by around 30% of eligible individuals after a cardiac event. A new resource-based multidisciplinary DVD is now available.

Cardiac rehabilitation programmes have been shown to reduced the rate of repeat cardiac events but are only accessed by around 30% of those individuals at risk. Various factors contribute to this including access, cost, isolation, psychological factors, and recognition of the importance among certain sections of the community.

A multi-disciplinary DVD has now been produced to try and address this gap.Based on a successful model developed over many years, it addresses multiple issues including diet, medications, cardiac conditions, risk factors, procedures, and the recovery process.

Divided into easy-to-understand chapters it can be viewed at leisure in a time frame suited to each individual,and can complement existing cardiac rehabilitation and prevention programmes.

As one of the first private hospitals in Australia to perform cardiac surgery,the team at Ashford Hospital has a long history of leading cardiac innovations.The team at Ashford has put together a comprehensive patient education DVD. The DVD has been extensively reviewed and includes input from leading cardiologists, a cardiac surgeon, physiotherapist, cardiac nursing specialists, dietitian, and pharmacist.

The DVD comes as a 2 disc set.The first disc has a mix of patient vignettes and expert commentary on various cardiac conditions, risk factors, device and surgical therapies, heart failure, heart rhythm disturbances, and coping strategies.

The second has indepth interviews with a dietitian and pharmacist,with extensive detail on the major cardiac drugs in particular warfarin and cholesterol lowering therapies.

This resource will be broadly available and will help to fill a gap in the traditional model of delivery of cardiac care.It will also assist to reinforce the important existing services and health care systems.

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