Cardiac rehabilitation is a programme of
exercise and information sessions that help you get back to
everyday life as efficiently and successfully as possible after a
heart attack, heart surgery or procedure.
Cardiac rehabilitation programmes will help you to:
- understand your condition
- recover from your surgery, procedure or heart attack
- make changes to your lifestyle that will help improve your
- reduce the risk of further heart problems.
Who is cardiac rehab for?
Cardiac rehabilitation is available to anyone who has had:
When do I start cardiac rehabilitation?
Cardiac rehabilitation starts as soon as you go into
hospital for heart surgery or treatment, or after you'ver had a
A member of the cardiac rehabilitation team
will normally visit you on the ward to provide you with information
about your condition, the treatment you've had and your recovery.
This will help you get back to your usual activities as soon as
You should also be invited to join a cardiac rehabilitation
programme starting about four to eight weeks after you leave
Where is my nearest cardiac rehabilitation programme?
You can find out where your nearest cardiac rehabilitation
programme is by visiting cardiac-rehabilitation.net
or calling our Heart Helpline on
0300 330 3311.
What if I can't attend a cardiac rehabilitation programme?
You may find that your condition or
circumstances make it difficult for you to travel to a cardiac
rehabilitation programme centre. If so, you should talk to the
cardiac rehabilitation team about other ways you can benefit from
the programme - you may be able to follow a programme in your own
home with support from your local cardiac rehabilitation team.
Joining a Heart Support Group can
give you and your family the support and opportunity to meet and
talk to people who have gone through similar experiences.
Our Online Community will also give
you the opportunity to share your experiences, stories, tips and
ideas with people like you.
cardiac rehabilitation booklet as well as order resources from
our publications section, such as:
These reports can help you understand more
about the treatment of heart attacks and heart failure on the