GPs urged to boost cardiac rehab rates

GPs can help lift low referral rates for cardiac rehabilitation by following up all patients discharged after a major heart event or procedure, says a GP with an interest in cardiovascular health.

Associate Professor Ralph Audehm (pictured) says cardiac rehabilitation has good evidence for reducing mortality but is underused because of inconsistent discharge practices, patchy access to services and patient reluctance.

"I think we should raise the awareness of GPs that when people come back from hospital following an event or having a stent, they may not have