Cardiac rehabilitation is a term used by health professionals; ‘cardiac’ refers to the heart and ‘rehabilitation’ means to restore health.
The main goals of cardiac rehabilitation are:
- To prevent you suffering further cardiovascular events by helping you take control and self-manage your condition
- To improve your quality of life
Cardiac rehabilitation services provide you and your family with education, information, physical activity and social support with help from health professionals – including dieticians, cardiac nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, cardiologists, psychologists and others.
Healthy Hearts is a group information session that is part of your treatment and recovery following a heart event, often referred to as Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Groups are reasonably small with 15-20 participants and delivered in a community venue e.g. local hall.
This service will help you with:
- What has happened and why;
- Understanding your risk factors;
- Taking control of your future heart health;
- Managing physical activity;
- Making sense of cholesterol and blood pressure numbers;
- Medications and symptom management;
- Eating for heart health;
- Where to go for further support or information;
- Receiving up-to-date information/advice on your condition/treatment & medications;
- Your questions answered by specialists;
- Receiving practical guidelines for physical activity and eating for heart health;
- Listen to, or share with others who have faced or are facing similar issues;
- An opportunity for your family/whānau or support person to be involved in your care and recovery;
- Coming to terms with what has happened, and gaining the confidence to move forward.