The aim of the cardiac rehabilitation service is to
provide a safe and effective programme of education and exercise
for patients following a cardiac event such as a heart attack,
angina, acute coronary syndrome, angioplasty/stent intervention,
coronary artery bypass grafts or valve surgery.
The rehabilitation services aim to support patients and their
Cardiac rehabilitation has been proven to be beneficial to
patients by improving quality of life and exercise capacity, and
reducing levels of anxiety and readmission to hospital.
The cardiac rehab nurses work alongside other professionals in
the multi-disciplinary team to plan and provide care which meets
the individual needs of each patient, in line with the British
Association of Cardiac Rehab (BACR) standards. The service is menu
driven, giving patients more choice, and all care is evidence-based
to ensure the highest standard of practice.
Support is given to patients throughout the three phases of the
programme as set out below:
When a patient is admitted to Poole Hospital with a cardiac
event they will be seen on the ward by a cardiac rehabilitation
nurse. Appropriate advice and information will be given to ease the
patient’s anxiety and to help them make informed decisions about
All patients are invited to a cardiac rehab nurse-led clinic.
This is an opportunity for the patient to have an assessment of
their individual physical and psychological needs so that a plan of
care is developed to promote recovery and maintain a healthy
lifestyle. This will include guidance on dietary needs, exercise,
medication, stress management and relaxation.
If appropriate, referrals may be made to other specialists eg
smoke cessation nurse, dietitian. The patient's family is also
welcome to attend these sessions.
Phase three - options
Exercise programme (8 weeks)
Following a medical assessment by a doctor and an exercise
tolerance test, the patient will be able to join the eight week
exercise programme. This is run by the cardiac rehabilitation
nurses, physiotherapists and a qualified BACR exercise instructor
who will monitor you closely during these sessions. This programme
will assist you to:
- Exercise at a level that improves cardiovascular function
- Know the parameters of exercise in which to work safely
- Gain confidence and improve quality of life
- Have the opportunity to discuss any concerns
- Gain support from others taking part in the programme
- Continue with regular exercise in the community
Individual exercise advice
For those who are unable to attend the 8-week programme but
would like advice about exercise, an appointment can be made for
them to see the exercise instructor. This will be a ‘one to one’
session helping to devise a plan of exercise to suit individual
Seated exercise programme
For those with physical disabilities, the exercise instructor
can give advice on seated exercise. To maintain this on a weekly
basis, you can be referred to Poole Heart Support group who run
Heart failure programme
Patients with heart failure must be referred to the
department by their cardiologist. A pre-course
assessment will be carried out by nursing staff prior to the
exercise sessions. This programme runs for 12 weeks and is
specifically designed to suit the individual needs of each patient.
On completion of the programme a step down class is available.
- Monthly education mornings for CHD patients and their
- Stress awareness programmes
- ICD Support Group
- Poole Heart Support Group (contact Jim Waine, tel 01202 683363
ext 133) or visi www.poolehsg.org.uk