While acknowledging that cardiovascular disease prevention efforts must be complemented by societal and community-based strategies, this handbook focuses on practical strategies that can be used in clinical settings. Concise and easily accessible, it guides readers through the patient and family pathway—from patient identification, recruitment of the patient and family, assessing lifestyle and risk factors, to managing lifestyle change, reducing risk factors, and compliance with cardioprotective drug therapies. Information on how to deliver a health promotion workshop programme and run a supervised exercise programme is also included. Packed with checklists and diagrams, such as risk estimation charts, helps health workers contribute in real and practical ways to the prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Complementing the Joint European Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention and in line with recommendations from the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, it is an invaluable source of tools and skills to assist with the delivery of effective cardiovascular disease prevention.
Table of Contents
- Part 1 What is prevention and why do we need it?
- Part 2 Practical aspects of prevention
- Chapter 8 Behavioural strategies to support and sustain lifestyle change
- Chapter 9 Engaging people in prevention initiatives
- Chapter 10 Treatment of tobacco dependence
- Chapter 11 Diet and weight: major lifestyle challenges
- Chapter 12 Helping people to become more physically active
- Chapter 13 Managing blood pressure
- Chapter 14 Managing blood lipids
- Chapter 15 Managing blood glucose
- Chapter 16 Drug therapies to reduce risk: evidence and practicalities
- Chapter 17 Identifying and managing psychosocial factors
- Chapter 18 Putting educational strategies into practice
- Part 3 Setting up preventive cardiology initiatives