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Secondary prevention for patients following a myocardial infarction: summary of NICE guidance

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jane Skinner



Mortality from coronary heart disease has been falling in the UK since the 1970s, but remains higher than in most other Western countries. Most patients receive some treatment for secondary prevention after myocardial infarction, but not all patients are offered the most effective secondary prevention package. The recently published NICE guideline for secondary prevention in patients after myocardial infarction, summarised in this article, makes clear recommendations for management of patients after myocardial infarction, based on best available evidence. The guidelines update the 2001 NICE guideline, and have expanded and emphasised the recommendations for physical activity, dietary and other lifestyle changes, and cardiac rehabilitation, and updated the recommendations for drug therapy.

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Author(s): Skinner JS, Cooper A, Feder GS, Guideline Dev Grp

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Heart

Year: 2007

Volume: 93

Issue: 7

Pages: 862-864

Date deposited: 24/05/2010

ISSN (print): 1355-6037

ISSN (electronic): 1468-201X

Publisher: BMJ Group


DOI: 10.1136/hrt.2007.124321


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