Cardiac Rehabilitation

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

  1. Inpatient
  2. Immediate post discharge
  3. Outpatient
  4. 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

British Heart Foundation Guides

Quick Guide

Full Guide

Oxford Radcliffe Hospital Cardiac Exercise Programme