Insights from the world of cardiology
Promoting cardiovascular health is central to the national strategy to reduce premature mortality in our population. In this supplement, we offer a new approach to cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention through the MyAction preventive cardiology programme, developed by Imperial College London. This nurse-led, multi-disciplinary, family-centred service embraces all patients with atherosclerotic disease – coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral arterial disease – together with those identified through Health Checks to be at high risk of developing CVD in one community-based programme. In this supplement, we describe the studies that compiled the rationale for MyAction, our experience in delivering this programme in different communities and our approach to education and training through our Imperial College Masters degree programme in preventive cardiology: cardiovascular health and disease prevention. All health professionals are welcome to visit MyAction and join us in our ambitions to achieve excellence in preventive care for all our patients.
The ASPIRE-2-PREVENT study was partly funded through an unrestricted educational grant by MSD and the DYSIS study was sponsored by MSD. These studies were conducted together and we thank all the participants, local clinical staff and the scientific committee members.