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Poor heart care "risking lives"

Poor heart care "risking lives"

Lack of vital care for people who suffer from angina and heart failure is putting lives at risk, two leading heart charities have warned.

A study by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland in conjunction with Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS), shows that just 3% of those with angina and less than 1% of heart failure sufferers are being offered cardiac rehabilitation.

The charities revealed the figures as they launched a joint campaign calling for every suitable heart patient to have access to a quality cardiac rehabilitation programme.

Ben McKendrick, policy and public affairs manager at BHF Scotland, said: "Cardiac rehab saves lives, but there is an unacceptable gulf between the levels of support offered to patients with different heart conditions.

"When someone suffers a heart problem - be it angina, a heart attack or heart failure - they not only suffer a damaged heart but often a damaged spirit as well.

"Heart patients tell us that cardiac rehab helps mend that spirit and put them on the road to living a full life again.

"We think the more people that get access to rehabilitation the better. It makes huge financial sense."

Figures show heart patients are 30% less likely to die over 10 years if they take part in a cardiac rehab programme.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland

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