Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association Inc.

ACRA Publications

ACRA Core Components Paper

In 2014 the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) convened an inter-agency, multidisciplinary, nationally representative expert panel of Australia's leading cardiac rehabilitation clinicians, researchers and health advocates who reviewed the research evidence and completed a paper on the Core Components of Cardiovascular Disease Secondary Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Woodruffe S, Neubeck L, Clark RA, Gray K, Ferry C, Finan J, Sanderson S, Briffa TG. Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) core components of cardiovascular disease secondary prevention and cardiac rehabilitation 2014. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2015 May 1;24(5):430-41.

Making Sense of the Unfavourable Systematic Review of Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation in the Modern Era: How Should We Proceed?

International guidelines recommend exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (EBCR) to promote secondary prevention and support recovery following cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. Although the effectiveness of EBCR has been questioned due to poor delivery and participation, the efficacy of EBCR for reducing mortality and morbidity has not been challenged given the Class 1A evidence available. However, in January 2018, BMJ Open published a well-performed and well-reported systematic review that questions the efficacy of EBCR for reducing mortality in the contemporary era. This publication by ACRA encourages clinicians to consider several important caveats when reflecting on the results and conclusions of the review.

Abell B, Zecchin R, Gallagher R. Making Sense of the Unfavourable Systematic Review of Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation in the Modern Era: How Should We Proceed?. Heart, Lung and Circulation. 2019 Feb 1;28(2):204-6.

Screening for obstructive sleep apnoea in cardiac rehabilitation: A position statement from the Australian Centre for Heart Health and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is characterized by recurrent episodes of complete or partial upper-airway obstruction during sleep due to the collapse of upper-pharyngeal soft tissue during sleep, resulting in intermittent oxygen deprivation, usually unrecognized by the patient. This position paper presents the views of an expert panel represented by members of the Australian Centre for Heart Health and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association.

Le Grande MR, Neubeck L, Murphy BM, McIvor D, Lynch D, McLean H, Jackson AC. Screening for obstructive sleep apnoea in cardiac rehabilitation: A position statement from the Australian Centre for Heart Health and the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 2016 Sep;23(14):1466-75.