2015-06-16 | News

Acute Coronary Syndrome: A new information tool for patients

Today, Capsana launched its new publication, Nursing My Heart Back to Health: My Top Priority, a 12 page information tool designed to support and guide patients in their recovery from acute coronary syndrome (heart attack or unstable angina).

There are an estimated 70,000 heart attacks each year in Canada—that’s one heart attack every 7 minutes.1 And that figure doesn’t reflect the thousands of hospital admissions for unstable angina. It’s a medical fact that many patients who have suffered a coronary event are readmitted to emergency within six months of their discharge from hospital. According to a study led by Dr. Martin Juneau, cardiologist and director of the Prevention Service at the Montreal Heart Institute, up to 75% of those emergency visits could be avoided if patients had access to better support following their discharge. In this context, quality information presented in a clear, reader-friendly format can play an important role in helping patients identify the symptoms they should look out for and the possible side effects of their medication, and in encouraging them to be actively involved in their recovery.

Building on its established expertise in developing educational materials about prevention strategies and risk factors in cardiovascular disease, the Capsana team is pleased to introduce this new publication to healthcare professionals. The booklet answers many of the questions asked by patients who have had a coronary event, and covers such key topics as medical interventions, returning home after a hospital stay, healthy lifestyle choices, medication, and symptoms to look out for.

The publication Nursing My Heart Back to Health: My Top Priority was produced by Capsana in association with the Montreal Heart Institute, and with the support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and several other organizations, namely: the Quebec College of Family Physicians, the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec, the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec, the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec, and the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec; and with the financial assistance of AstraZeneca. Capsana retains complete editorial independence over this publication.

For health care professionals, this publication makes an excellent complement to patient information and explanations given during consultations. For more information or to order Capsana’s publications, visit publications.capsana.ca/en.

1. Heart & Stroke Foundation. http://www.heartandstroke.qc.ca/site/c.pkI0L7MMJrE/b.3660197/k.358C/Statistics.htm, accessed June 8, 2015.