Cardiac rehabilitation is a programme of exercise and/or lifestyle sessions offered to cardiac patients after they’ve had a cardiac event. It is designed to help patients get back on their feet – both physically and mentally – after a cardiac event or procedure. It can involve gym sessions or other tailored exercise, dietary advice, education, and/or emotional support.
The programme is generally open to those who have had a heart attack (MI), bypass, coronary angioplasty and those fitted with an ICD.
The programme is usually broken down into 4 phases
- Immediate post discharge
- Long term maintenance
Phases 1-3 usually occur soon after your event and are dictated by the hospital you were treated by. However, a good portion of our members report that they did not get any rehab and this is very unfortunate as many go home needing it for either physical or mental/emotional reasons. If you missed out for any reason – and this is quite possible if your SCA was not due to a heart attack, then you may be able to get yourself on a phase 4 course. These are run by a number of hospitals across the country. Check out the following Cardiac Rehabilitation Finder feature on the National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation website.
Typical Cardiac Rehabilitation exercises