Cardiac Rehabilitation Programmes

Depression in Patients with Heart Failure: Is Enough Being Done?

The prevalence of major depression in chronic heart failure (HF) is about 20–40 %, which is 4–5 % higher than in the normal population.1–3 Depression in heart failure has become a major issue as the burden of heart failure has continued to increase, and many studies have suggested poorer outcomes in HF patients reporting depression.4–8 The cost of managing HF has continued to escalate, and high rates of depression contribute to this.9–13 The use of different methods for assessment (validated questionnaires and clinical interviews) and the e

Cardiac Rehabilitation in Patients with Heart Failure – New Perspectives in Exercise Training

The US Public Health Service defines cardiac rehabilitation services as “comprehensive, long term programs involving medical evaluation, prescribed exercise, cardiac risk factor modification, education and counselling. These programs are designed to limit the physiological and psychological effect of cardiac illness, reduce the risk of sudden death or re-infarction, control cardiac symptoms, stabilise or reverse the atherosclerotic process and enhance the psychological and vocational status of the individual patient.”1

Intracoronary Thrombectomy During Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Acute Myocardial Infarction - Technology Showcase or True Need?

Thrombectomy for patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is an evolving issue. Randomised studies on suction and thrombectomy devices in a whole spectrum of STEMI patients provide conflicting results. New European Society of Cardiology (ESC) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) guidelines do not give definitive recommendations regarding the use of embolic protection devices for this group of patients.