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OBJECTIVE: To quantify the implementation of the third Joint British Societies' Consensus Recommendations for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (JBS3) after coronary event. METHODS: Using a cross-sectional survey design, patients were consecutively identified in 36 specialist and district general hospitals between 6 months and 2 years, after acute coronary syndrome or revascularisation procedure and invited to a research interview. Outcomes included JBS3 lifestyle, risk factor and therapeutic management goals. Data were collected using standardised methods and instruments by trained study nurses. Blood was analysed in a central laboratory and a glucose tolerance test was performed. RESULTS: 3926 eligible patients were invited to participate and 1177 (23.3% women) were interviewed (30% response). 12.5% were from black and minority ethnic groups. 45% were persistent smokers, 36% obese, 52.9% centrally obese, 52% inactive; 30% had a blood pressure >140/90 mm Hg, 54% non-high-density lipoprotein ≥2.5 mmol/L and 44.3% had new dysglycaemia. Prescribing was highest for antiplatelets (94%) and statins (85%). 81% were advised to attend cardiac rehabilitation (86% <60 years vs 79% ≥60 years; 82% men vs 77% women; 93% coronary artery bypass grafting vs 59% unstable angina), 85% attended if advised; 69% attended overall. Attenders were significantly younger (p=0.03) and women were less likely to attend (p=0.03). CONCLUSIONS: Patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) are not being adequately managed after event with preventive measures. They require a structured preventive cardiology programme addressing lifestyle, risk factor management and adherence to cardioprotective medications to achieve the standards set by the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and JBS3 guidelines.

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cardiac rehabilitation, delivery of care, epidemiology, hypertension, smoking, Aged, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiovascular Agents, Coronary Disease, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Guideline Adherence, Health Care Surveys, Healthcare Disparities, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Practice Guidelines as Topic, Practice Patterns, Physicians', Risk Reduction Behavior, Secondary Prevention, United Kingdom