MyAction: An innovative approach to the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the community


Journal Article

We developed and piloted an innovative family-centred preventive cardiology programme (MyAction) that aimed to both integrate the care of patients with vascular disease with that of individuals identified at high multi-factorial risk and help them achieve recommended lifestyle, medical risk factors and therapeutic targets. The 16-week nurse-led programme was delivered by a multi-disciplinary team, including a dietitian, physical activity specialist and cardiologist, in a community setting. Of 206 patients who attended the initial assessment, 54% attended with their partner and 142 patients completed the programme (69%). By the end of the programme, there was a significant improvement seen in adherence to a Mediterranean diet, as well as substantial increases in physical activity levels supported by objective evidence of improved functional capacity. These changes contributed to significant reductions in body mass index (BMI), weight and abdominal obesity. Very similar changes were seen in partners. Blood pressure control also improved significantly, as did achievement of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol target, and there was a significant increase in the use of cardioprotective medication. Quality of life also improved in both patients and partners. The significant changes achieved by the MyAction preventive cardiology programme should substantially reduce the cardiovascular risk of these patients and their partners in the future. Copyright Medinews (Cardiology) Limited Reproduction Prohibited.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Connolly, S; Holden, A; Turner, E; Fiumicelli, G; Stevenson, J; Hunjan, M; Mead, A; Kotseva, K; Jennings, C; Jones, J; Wood, DA

Published Date

  • August 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 171 - 176

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0969-6113

Citation Source

  • Scopus