Cardiac Rehabilitation

The purpose of cardiac rehabilitation team is to help recovery following a problem with the heart. This may be a heart attack, but nowadays people also undergo cardiac rehabilitation after bypass surgery, valve surgery stent procedures and when they have heart failure. The cardiac rehabilitation team consists of dedicated nurses trained to help recovery as a whole person, physically, emotionally and socially. Services are designed to meet the needs of the individual and are integrated within a multi-disciplinary team.

Cardiac rehabilitation consists of four phases:

In terms of a heart attack Phase 1 begins as soon as someone enters hospital. A cardiac rehabilitation nurse visits on the ward and discusses what a heart attack is and the causes and risk factors for developing heart disease. The nurse goes through the treatment possibilities including medication, subsequent investigations and tests on the heart. Information is given about management of any symptoms experienced afterwards and smokers are given smoking cessation advice and support.

Phase 2
This begins covers the early discharge period. A cardiac rehabilitation nurse is in contact at home to check on progress. The nurse also makes sure that medical information has been passed onto your GP and practice nurse.

Phase 3
This consists of a cardiac rehabilitation course at a local sports centre. The course provides a safe and structured introduction to exercise. There are talks on diet, stress, medications, exercise and many more. As well as patients who have had a heart attack, it is open to people who have had bypass surgery and other heart operations. It also allows people to discuss there own experiences and many people find this extremely beneficial.

Phase 4
This involves the long-term management of physical activity and lifestyle changes. There are programmes organised for continuing exercise at local sports or leisure centres.

Please note:

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website is up-to-date and accurate. However, it is intended to serve as a guide only. Symptoms may vary and if you have any medical concerns you should always consult a healthcare professional.