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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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