New scheme aims to prevent the escalation of cardiovascular disease
Patients in North Ceredigion will now benefit from a new project which will offer psychological support to those at risk of heart problems.
Hywel Dda University Health Board has funded this project which offers advice and support for patients with cardiovascular risk factors.
This new Clinical Health Psychology pathway will run the in North Ceredigion Cluster which covers seven surgeries.
The scheme aims to prevent the escalation of cardiovascular disease and cardiac events including heart attack and stroke.
Support will be provided in a primary care setting for patients with two or more of the following modifiable risk factors:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Elevated Cholesterol
- Elevated HbA1c
- Clinically overweight or obese
- Chronic stress
The pathway offers emotional support to help make changes to patients’ lifestyles, including managing stress or improving their health and fitness, ultimately helping to reduce cardiovascular risks.
Rachel Herrick, Clinical Lead Psychologist for the pathway, said: “Anxiety, depression and stress are risk factors for the onset, development and prognosis of cardiac problems.
“Lifestyle factors including diet, sleep, and activity levels also play a major role in the onset of cardiovascular diseases.
“By providing psychological techniques and therapy, we can prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases.
“Learning to manage stress, anxiety and depression and following a healthy lifestyle will significantly reduce risk, as well as improve overall quality of life and general health outcomes for our patients in North Ceredigion.”
If you would like to self-refer to this pathway, please telephone and leave a message on 01267 246917 or email [email protected]
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