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Nurses and allied professionals at heart of cardiovascular prevention and management programs
Date:3/6/2009

The cardiovascular nurse and allied professional are already at the heart of many management and prevention programmes in heart disease, and Professor Christi Deaton, Chairperson of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP), foresees an even greater role given the complex needs of people with heart disease. "Of course, we are working to prevent cardiovascular disease," says Professor Deaton, "and we have seen heart disease rates decrease. Unfortunately some of the gains we've made in prevention may be lost due to rising rates of obesity and diabetes. Heart disease remains a leading cause of illness and death in Europe. People are living longer with heart disease, and they need help to manage these conditions. Increasingly, it is nurses and allied professionals either in specialist practice or in primary care who take the lead in helping patients learn to manage their conditions, and make positive lifestyle changes."

The management of heart failure whose incidence continues to increase is a good example; helping heart failure patients with self-care will be one of several recurring themes at this year's Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing (CCNAP 2009).

CCNAP 2009 will be held at the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland, on 24-25 April.

Joint congress organiser Mary O'Connor, President of the Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association, adds that nurses and allied professionals have a huge role to play in managing this chronic condition, improving the quality of life for those affected and reducing the risk of hospital admission and death.

1. CCNAP 2009 will present Palliative Care Guidelines for Heart Failure patients in Ireland. "Heart failure continues to be a growing public health issue," says President O'Connor. "Frequently the heart failure population's quality of life is impaired due to their symptom burden and loss of independence and autonomy. In addition to Heart Fail
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European Society of Cardiology
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