Initial Consultation - Heart 2 Heart Cardiac physiotherapy


At your initial consultation you will meet one of our specialist physiotherapists. In this session we will explain your condition and it’s implications for you. We will explain how you, your medical team and your cardiac rehabilitation team can work together to optimise your outcome.

In order for us to establish your own ability, you will complete a submaximal exercise test. This will help us to identify your limitations and establish a plan to enhance your recovery and improve your energy levels.

We will also identify your risk factors of heart disease and establish a plan to reduce this risk.

Address: 18-20 Merville Road, Stillorgan Co. Dublin A94F6Y9

We aim to see you within two weeks of contacting us.

About The Initial Consultation

Establish An Exercise Prescription For You

We will establish an exercise prescription for you that is not too easy and not too hard but does challenge your cardiovascular system and hence reduce your risk of a further cardiac event. Heart 2 Heart Cardiac Physiotherapy is a specialist cardiac clinic caring for individuals recovering after a cardiac event. With over 20 years experience caring for clients post cardiac event we understand that this is a vulnerable time for you. Our experience means that we are in a unique position to help you with your recovery and work with your medical team to ensure you have the best possible outcome. Initial Consultations are conducted by Karen Cradock, specialist cardiac physiotherapist who has over 20 years experience working in cardiac rehabilitation in New Zealand, Australia, England and Ireland.

Note: Heart 2 Heart is compliant with all PPE and cleaning protocols and operates in line with government guidelines.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehab should be happening at all stages of life but particularly after a cardiac event eg a heart attack.


POTS is an abnormal increase in heart rate that occurs after sitting or standing up. It is most common in women aged between 15 years and 50 years.

Heart Surgery Cardiac Rehab

Heart surgery is an invasive procedure and can take a little longer than you think to recover from.

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Not sure whether this course is right for you or want to learn more about our cardiac physiotherapy services? Why not request a callback and one of our dedicated team will get back to you to answer any queries you may have.

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Meet the team


Karen Cradock

Karen is a specialist cardiac physiotherapist and was pioneer of heart failure rehabilitation services in St. Vincent's.  She completed a research masters in 'Exercise and Heart Failure'. She has worked in Cardiac Rehabilitation for over 20 years in Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

James Murray 

James Murray is a Chartered Physiotherapist from Dublin with 10 years’ experience working in Ireland and New Zealand. James completed his physiotherapy master’s degree at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh after obtaining his undergraduate degree in Health & Performance Science from UCD. He has developed a passion for rehabilitation and has experience working with elite athletes, weekend warriors and those managing long-term health conditions.

James spent four years working in ABI Rehabilitation, New Zealand’s primary brain injury rehabilitation hospital for those who have experienced severe traumatic brain injury and stroke. He demonstrated his commitment to service development by leading a service development project to establish a workplace wellbeing programme at ABI Rehabilitation and chaired the wellbeing committee for 18 months.

James takes an individualized approach when delivering high quality, evidence-based rehabilitation to his clients and working with them to achieve their goals. He is committed to improving his clients’ quality of life and supporting them to manage their long-term health conditions.

James is a keen sports fan with a particular passion for rugby, having played for 20 years. James played for UCD Rugby and enjoyed playing for rugby clubs in Scotland and New Zealand while living overseas. James enjoys spending time outdoors and hopes to continue his recent passion for surfing in Ireland albeit with a thicker wetsuit!







Shauna Dowling


Shauna is the administrator for the practice and works in our central clinic in Kilcullen in Kildare.  She brings a wealth of experience in customer care and management from her previous role as a dental nurse and as well as manager in the retail sector.  She will help you along your journey with Heart 2 Heart managing your clinic appointments and accounts.  Her creative eye can be seen in our website, newsletters and social media.



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“Recently I had Open Heart Surgery, the shock of that is enough but then to find the arrival of Covid 19 was Utterly terrifying .Then two Beacons of light appeared on the Horizon , in the form  of Karen and Fiona from Heart2 Heart ! They were able to competently and confidently conduct ALL my Post Op rehab through the Telehealth system. On returning to my surgeon for my final check up , he was so impressed by all H2H had done for me. I continue to improve and connect with H2H at least twice weekly for advice, classes and monitoring. The classes are fun too !”



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