This quality standard covers preventing further cardiovascular disease after a myocardial infarction (heart attack). It includes assessment and cardiac rehabilitation. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover statin treatment for secondary prevention, which is included in NICE’s quality standard for cardiovascular risk assessment and lipid modification. Diagnosis and management of myocardial infarction are covered in NICE’s quality standard for acute coronary syndromes in adults.

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