Physiotherapy Class: Cardiac Rehab
Cardiac Rehabilitation is designed to help improve your recovery from a heart attack, other forms of heart disease or cardiac surgery.
People of all ages can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation especially after an event such as a heart attack, a cardiac procedures or a full cardiothoracic surgery. Here at Beacon Hospital, we want to promote your health, even after you leave our hospital.
Your consultant or GP may recommend for you to attend a series of supervised exercises and information classes during recovery from your heart procedure. In the recovery period post anything heart related, exercise is vital and will help progress your activity levels from a walking program back to your baseline level.
Why Cardiac Rehab?
- Cardiac Rehab provides our patients with the highest quality cardiac rehabilitation program as well as a secondary prevention service in partnership with the patient’s Consultant Cardiologist, diverse team members, and their families.
- Cardiac Rehab is an important tool in assisting patients in their recovery after a cardiac event. It improves their self-confidence in their own abilities and enhances the well-being of the entire family unit.
- Promoting through education, support and care, the adaption by patients of a healthy heart lifestyle. Our comprehensive staff work as a team unit for you maximising the care provided.
- To promote learning and provide a supportive environment for all participants, all the time respecting each other’s needs, abilities and potential.
How Does it Work?
Cardiac Rehabilitation sessions are provided by our specialised cardiac rehabilitation team in the Physiotherapy Department. They are specifically designed to help you find out how much activity you can do in a safe fashion, while giving you the confidence and information to become more active once again.
Our courses run over a 6-week period. They total 24 hours over the 6-week period. Each class includes a 10/15-minute warm-up prior to beginning the day’s circuit.
The aerobic phase lasts about thirty minutes and consists of both aerobic and cardiovascular exercise circuits. We conclude our exercise session with a 10/15 minutes cool-down in order to taper off the exercise gradually.
The second hour of each of our sessions includes an education period where the team and patients speak about lifestyle education. A patients lifestyle changes should be encouraged and supported where appropriate. This takes into account areas such as weight reduction, smoking cessation and retraining with a view to returning to work.