Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the single greatest cause of death in the western world.

Following a CVD event such as a heart attack, patients are far more likely to experience a further event unless there are interventions to target risk factors, such as physical inactivity, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and smoking.

The PACES study has developed a structured education programme with text message support over a 12-month period aimed at increasing daily physical activity in people who are 12 to 36 months post-diagnosis of a cardiac event.


  • This study is due to start recruitment in January 2017.
  • If proved effective, the programme would be a feasible, acceptable and cost-effective strategy for increasing physical activity levels in individuals with diagnosed coronary heart disease.

Find out more about the study.