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Having a cardiac episode can be frightening and anxious experience for both yourself and your family and friends. Research and evidence has shown that increasing your physical activity levels significantly improve morbidity, but can also reduce mortality in patients who suffered a heart attack. Our cardiac rehabilitation services can be provided
can be provided on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting. This comprises of graded exercises tailored for individuals dependent on their circumstances. All of our instructors qualified through the British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (BACR) – the gold standard for cardiac rehabilitation.

Our services are available to anyone who has, or has had:man stretching

  • Angina
  • Cardiac surgery
  • A stent fitted
  • Coronary heart disease (CHD).

By undertaking exercises with a qualified instructor you can be sure that the exercises are safe and programmed at the right intensity. The benefits of exercising following a cardiac episode include

Benefits of exercise:

  • lowers blood pressure, reducing strain on the heart
  • increases good HDL cholesterol that transports fat away from the arteries and back to the liver for processing may reduce levels of bad LDL cholesterol that can form fatty deposits in the arteries and contribute to heart disease
  • improves circulation by preventing blood clots that can lead to heart attack and stroke
  • increases fat loss
  • helps weight-loss
  • builds muscle mass
  • reduce stress and increases confidence.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is an active process which aims to restore a patient to, and then maintain him or her at, an optimum level of physical, mental and psychological well-being. It requires patients to assume responsibility for their own health and well-being and to realise their potential to lead an active life.

The phases of cardiac rehabilitation

Phase I

This covers the acute phase of illness that takes place in hospital. A patient may be admitted to a coronary care unit (CCU), an intensive care unit or a medical ward following a heart attack or angina episode. The patient is usually in hospital for about a week.

Phase II

Phase II is the period after hospitalisation when the patient returns home and is under the care of a GP. It lasts from two to six weeks, depending primarily on when the hospital medical team considers the patient fit enough to attend the out-patient exercise or health education programme.

Phase III

A comprehensive Phase III cardiac rehabilitation programme consists of exercise, health education, risk factor modification, relaxation and stress management, and occupational counselling. These sessions are usually hospital based, but several centres have established rehabilitation in the community such as leisure centres and village halls.

Phase IV

Following the completion of Phase III, patients that have attended highly structured, supervised phase II sessions find it difficult to make the transition to independence and self-motivation. This is where Phase IV is looking to help integrate patients into the community and offer continued exercise sessions where they can be monitored and advised. Phase IV tends to take place in the community and usually delivered by qualified fitness instructor.

(British Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation, 2003)