Focus Group Highlights Low Female Take-Up
A focus group was held in early August 2014 to discuss the reasons for low take up of community exercise following a heart ‘event’ among the BME females in Blackburn and Darwen.
The Cardiac Team work closely with the Healthy Lifestyle Team at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Those that have been affected by heart attack will go onto the community stage of rehabilitation after four weeks. Those that have surgery will do so after six weeks.
Between April 2013 and March 2014, 33 BME ladies were referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation nurses, out of a total number of 829 heart incidents among all groups. From these 33 BME ladies, 28 were seen face-to-face. However, only two went on to community exercise.
Some of the reasons for non-attendance included the fact that many ladies did not want to take part in mixed groups (the female trainer had been on long term sick leave during some period of the 2013-2014 sessions). Another concern expressed was that there were insufficient facilities available for separate gender groups. Also the older the lady, the less likely they are to exercise in any case, and that gender problem was not exclusive to the BME community. The changing diet and lifestyle was not deemed an issue, and this was an area where the work completed by the NHS had been very successful.
Sylvia Ivers, Lead nurse at Cardiac Rehabilitation, Royal Blackburn Hospital said:
“Being inactive is a major health risk and one of the main causes of death in the UK, according to the British Heart Foundation 2013. It is well documented that ladies in general are reluctant to exercise after a cardiac event. BME ladies especially. We in Cardiac Rehabilitation are working with One Voice to promote exercise in this group.”
Coronary heart disease is growing, and there is a higher risk for those who are inactive. The health professionals all agreed that the public need to be made aware of dangers of inactivity post heart incident.
Dr Pervez Muzaffar said:
“Cardiac rehabilitation does not just improve survival rates. It also effectively increases the quality of life, reduces anxiety and depression and improves control of symptoms. Despite heart disease being more treatable today than it was 30 years ago due to advances in medical fields, the more successful patients are the ones who put the work in. I urge all heart patients, especially women of Asian heritage to make sure they complete the cardiac rehabilitation programme to get the best possible outcome after a cardiac event.”
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