Cardiac rehabilitation is a programme of
exercise and information sessions that help you get back to
everyday life as quickly as possible. It aims to help you:
- understand your condition
- recover from your surgery or heart attack
- make changes to your lifestyle that will help improve your
- reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Who is it 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 your angioplasty or surgery.
A member of the cardiac rehabilitation team will normally visit
you on the ward to provide you with information about your
condition and about the treatment you've had. They can also provide
you with information about your condition and recovery, as well as
helping you get back to your usual activities.
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 the BHF 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.
Up to 38% of heart patients in England, Wales and Northern
Ireland who need cardiac rehabilitation don't have access to it.
Help us by joining our National Campaign for
Cardiac Rehabilitation to ensure more people receive
life-saving cardiac rehabilitation.
Travel costs, like car parking charges, can prevent some people
from attending appointments which are vital to their health. Read
about how we are pressing government for changes to
NHS hospital car parking charges so that these do not provide
barriers to patients seeking care.
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.
Joining our Online Community will give you
the opportunity to share your experiences, stories, tips and ideas
with other people like you.
Cardiac rehabilitation booklet as well as order resources such
as the below from our publications section:
These reports can help you understand the treatment of heart
attacks and heart failure: