Cardiac rehabilitation

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.

Help and support for a healthy heart
If you have had a heart attack or heart surgery, cardiac rehabilitation gives you and your family the information, support and advice you need to get you back on your feet again.

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 heart health
  • 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?

East Lindsey Heart Support Group exercise bikeCardiac rehabilitation starts as soon as you go into hospital for heart surgery or treatment, or after you'ver had a heart attack.

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 possible.

You should also be invited to join a cardiac rehabilitation programme starting about four to eight weeks after you leave hospital.

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.

More information

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.

Download our 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 NHS: