Nurses and Allied Professionals Increasingly at the Heart of Cardiovascular Prevention and Management Programmes
CCNAP 2009 will be held at the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland, on 24-25 April.
Joint congress organiser Mary O'Connor, President of the Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association, adds that nurses and allied professionals have a huge role to play in managing this chronic condition, improving the quality of life for those affected and reducing the risk of hospital admission and death.
1. CCNAP 2009 will present Palliative Care Guidelines for Heart Failure patients in Ireland. "Heart failure continues to be a growing public health issue," says President O'Connor. "Frequently the heart failure population's quality of life is impaired due to their symptom burden and loss of independence and autonomy. In addition to Heart Failure patients having a life expectancy that is worse than that of the common malignancies apart from lung cancer, the disease trajectory associated with Heart Failure is unpredictable. Many patients confront fear of death on a number of occasions. There is an increasing demand for palliative care intervention especially for their physical, psychological and spiritual issues." The new guidelines, says O'Connor, will bring together the expertise of the cardiovascular nurse with that of the palliative care nurse, whose skills are focused on communication, symptom relief and quality of life. Ireland will be one of only a few countries to have guidelines developed for palliative care in heart failure.
2. With more and more patients fitted with implantable cardioverter defibrillators and other assist devices, the nurse is taking on a greater role in helping patients adapt to technology. "It's not just about understanding the technology," says Ms O'Connor. For the patient there are numerous psychosocial issues and the cardiovascular nurse is well placed to deal with a whole range of patient concerns."
3. Primary and secondary prevention remain the holy grail of cardiovascular disease, and in both, whether after a heart attack or in making heart-healthy lifestyle choices, the ultimate responsibility devolves to self-care. "These choices are better made when they are informed choices," says Professor Deaton, "and the cardiovascular nurse and allied professional are invariably in a position to enhance self-care and provide up-to-date information on exercise, diet, smoking and medication. We still need to think prevention as well as treatment." Informed guidance in self-care is an important theme of CCNAP 2009, which will present community models for the management of angina, heart failure and hypertension.
This announcement will be followed by an advance press release in April. In the meantime, we encourage you to mark the CCNAP dates in your diary, and to contact the ESC press office for information.
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC):
The ESC represents nearly 53,000 cardiology professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean. Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.
The ESC achieves this through a variety of scientific and educational activities including the coordination of: clinical practice guidelines, education courses and initiatives, pan-European surveys on specific disease areas and the ESC Annual Congress, the largest medical meeting in Europe. The ESC also works closely with the European Commission and WHO to improve health policy in the EU.
The ESC comprises 3 Councils, 5 Associations, 19 Working Groups, 50 National Cardiac Societies and an ESC Fellowship Community (Fellow, FESC; Nurse Fellow, NFESC). For more information on ESC Initiatives, Congresses and Constituent Bodies see www.escardio.org.
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1. The Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) is one of five Councils of the European Society of Cardiology.
2. Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of mortality in Europe, responsible for more than 2 million deaths per year. Many of these deaths could be prevented with the full adoption and application of prevention policies.
3. Heart failure is by far the single biggest reason for acute hospital admission. Around 30 million people in Europe have heart failure and its incidence is still increasing: more cases are being identified, more people are living to an old age, and more are surviving a heart attack but with damage to the heart muscle. According to one study, the reported prevalence among those aged 65-74 years is one in 35, and among the over-85s one in seven.
4. The full scientific programme of CCNAP 2009 is available here.
5. More information on CCNAP 2009 is available from the ESC's press office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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