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Heartwatch: a secondary prevention programme in primary care in Ireland.
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PMID:  19177599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Heartwatch, a secondary prevention programme in primary care was initiated in 2003, based on the second European Joint Task Force recommendations for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD). The aim was to examine the effect of the first 2 years of the Heartwatch programme on cardiovascular risk factors and treatments. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study of patients with established CHD enrolled into the Heartwatch programme. METHODS: Four hundred and seventy (20%) general practitioners nationwide participated in the programme, recruiting 11,542 patients with established CHD (earlier myocardial infarction, coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass surgery). Clinical data were electronically transferred by each general practitioner to a central database. Comparison of changes in risk factors and treatments at 1-year and 2-year follow-up from baseline were made using paired t-test for continuous and McNemar's test for categorical data. RESULTS: Statistically significant changes in systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, total and low-density lipoprotien cholesterol and smoking status at 1 and 2 years (P <0.0001) were observed. Little or no improvements were shown for exercise, BMI or waist circumference. Increases in the prescribing of statins, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and beta-blockers over the course of the study were observed. CONCLUSION: The Heartwatch programme has demonstrated significant improvements in the main risk factors and treatments for CHD. More effective interventions are required to reduce BMI, waist circumference and physical inactivity in this population. The increases in treatment uptake are approaching the optimal levels in this population.
Kathleen Bennett; Siobhan Jennings; Claire Collins; Michael Boland; John Leahy; Declan Bedford; Emer Shelley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation : official journal of the European Society of Cardiology, Working Groups on Epidemiology & Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1741-8275     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-27     Completed Date:  2009-04-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101192000     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  651-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists / therapeutic use
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors / therapeutic use
Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use
Cardiovascular Agents / therapeutic use*
Coronary Disease / etiology,  prevention & control*
Databases as Topic
Diabetes Complications / etiology,  prevention & control
Dyslipidemias / complications,  drug therapy
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / therapeutic use
Hypertension / complications,  drug therapy
Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use
Medical Records Systems, Computerized
Middle Aged
Obesity / complications,  therapy
Primary Health Care*
Program Evaluation
Prospective Studies
Risk Factors
Secondary Prevention*
Smoking / adverse effects,  prevention & control
Smoking Cessation
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Adrenergic beta-Antagonists; 0/Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors; 0/Antihypertensive Agents; 0/Cardiovascular Agents; 0/Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors; 0/Hypoglycemic Agents

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