International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
The International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (ICCPR; http://globalcardiacrehab.com) was created in 2010 by a group of international experts dedicated to the promotion of cardiovascular disease prevention and cardiac rehabilitation for ALL. This international collaboration began originally from a grant that Dr. Warburton received from CIHR in partnership with Dr. Sherry Grace at York University, ultimately leading to a major international collaboration. The ICCPR was officially formed at the World Congress of Cardiology (Dubai) on April 19, 2012. There are now 39 associations and 10 friends of the ICCPR.
Our first publication was in the prestigious journal Circulation (Impact Factor = 23.08). The ICCPR calls to action cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation organizations and established associations around the world to partner and collaborate with those responsible for administering patient care: 1) To establish cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation as an obligatory, not optional service, and 2) To support both low-to-middle and high-income countries to establish and augment, respectively, programs of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation (adapted to local needs and conditions) to ensure broader access to these proven services.
We aim to maintain and grow this consortium through partnership with international organizations, to consider and communicate on-going consensus on evidence-based standards for cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation.
The primary goals of the ICCPR are to:
- To bring together national associations from around the world, to harmonize efforts in promoting cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation.
- To work towards on-going consensus among national associations globally, regarding the internationally-common core elements and standards of cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation.
- To promote cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation as an essential, not optional service to ensure broader access to these proven services.
- To support countries to establish and augment programs of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation, adapted to local needs and conditions.
- To consider and communicate the emerging evidence base for cardiac rehabilitation.