Healthy Hearts

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.

For more Information

Please download the Healthy Hearts brochure, visit the website or contact Tonia below:

Tonia Talbot
Dietitian/Community Education Coordinator
(Heart & Diabetes)

Nelson Bays Primary Health
Phone: 03 543 7814
Freephone: 0800 731 317
Email: tonia.talbot@nbph.org.nz


Cardiac Rehabilitation

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.



The Heart Foundation
Web Site

This website contains lots of very useful information related to all aspects of heart disease and healthy living.



A New Lease of Life
Patient information Video

Have you had a heart attack? or a heart procedure - PCI or surgery? Do you feel isolated and are struggling to get to grips with life again? This video documents the experiences of patients following a major heart event, it is produced by the Cardiology Department of Nelson and Wairau Hospitals and is supported by the New Zealand Heart Foundation.

Shock Absorbers

After the coming together of a group of patients with implantable defibrillators (ICDs) who all themselves "Shock Absorbers " it was decided that they should start Facebook group for people with ICDs (and their families/loved ones) so they can chat amongst themselves. It is a closed group so that only approved members can see or post. Our lead technician for ICDs has opened it up to all Kiwis with ICDs (and now we have members from Aus and UK) and Adele Clayton is co-admin of the group. Not only is she an ICD Specialist Nurse at North Shore Hospital but she has an ICD herself, as does all four of her teen and adult children.   

If you would like to join, click the  “Shock Absorbers” link below and request to join. 


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In today’s world, many people take stress as a given. Work always seems to be stressful, but then there are other things that pile on top of that. Stress from divorce, being indebt, dealing with a child custody battle, being sick…there are so many things that can stress us out. Fortunately, there are a number of ways of dealing with stress. Some people immediately go for medication, but that’s not necessary if you learn how to meditate or practice one of these other forms of de-stressing.

 

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