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Making cardiac rehabilitation more available and affordable
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    Home-based programmes for heart failure can make cardiac rehabilitation more available and affordable
    • Hasnain M Dalal, Hon Clinical Associate Professor University of Exeter Medical School and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

    Editor, We agree with Lavie et al that the current standard model of delivering cardiac rehabilitation (CR) predominantly in hospital or centre based facilities has reached saturation and we should be looking at offering alternatives which could improve the global suboptimal rates of participation in CR. [1] Uptake of CR in heart failure remains particularly poor with rates of less than 20% in Europe. [2].
    Clinicians and commissioners should consider implementing the findings of a UK based multicentre trial on home-based CR [3] which responds to the updated 2018 NICE guidance recommendation that adults with heart failure are offered a “..personalised, exercise-based CR programme – in a format and setting (at home, in the community or in the hospital) that is easily accessible” [ ]
    We believe REACH HF to be the largest randomised trial of home based CR (co-developed by clinicians, academics, caregivers and patients) in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and it provides important new evidence for a novel home-based CR programme in terms of benefit to patients and their caregivers. [3]
    The results of the REACH HF trial show that it is possible to significantly improve patients’ health related quality of life and that the intervention has a cost of £418 per patient, within th...

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