Cardiac Rehab should be happening at all stages of life but particularly after a cardiac event eg
a heart attack, stenting and cardiac surgery it is important that you embark on a rehabilitation
journey to optimise your own physical recovery and performance and also your emotional journey
after this often underestimated life changing event. In cardiac rehabilitation your own risk factors that
contributed to the development of your heart disease are addressed.
The heart disease risk factors are:
- Physical Inactivity
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Family history
Other risk factors that are unmodifiable are
- Post menopausal women
Also you will complete an exercise test which will identify your current capability and then allow the
cardiac rehabilitation team to prescribe exercise for you which will improve your capability. This is a graded
test so starts off slowly and every two minutes the speed of stepping will be increased until you
reach your capacity.
The cardiac rehab sessions are circuit based with both aerobic and strength work. At each
session your blood pressure and heart rates are measured.
Sessions are eight weeks in length with Heart 2 Heart following a preliminary assessment. Your GP
and cardiologist are informed of your progress.
It is important to be aware that cardiac rehabilitation is s lifelong commitment and needs to be
continued on an ongoing basis.