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Cardiac rehabilitation (or cardiac rehab) is about getting the help and support you need to help you get yourself back to as full a life as possible after an event such as a heart attack, heart surgery or other cardiac procedure. It’s about supporting you to live with your heart condition, to stay as healthy as possible, and to reduce the chance of you having another heart event.
When you leave the hospital after your heart attack, you will usually be referred to the local cardiac rehab team. The cardiac rehab team may include a wide range of healthcare professionals, such as cardiac rehab nurses and physiotherapists.
You should be invited to a cardiac rehab assessment shortly after you leave the hospital. This will allow you to discuss what matters to you in terms of your recovery and how the cardiac rehab team can support you with this.
If you have not been invited for an assessment within 2-3 weeks of leaving hospital, check with your GP, practice
nurse or hospital doctor.
Your assessment will be with a member of the cardiac rehab team. They will discuss a number of issues with you, including:
They may take some measurements too, including your weight, height and waist measurement and your blood
pressure. Using this information, the cardiac rehab team will work with you to develop an individual care plan based on your needs. This will often include referral to a cardiac rehab programme.
Cardiac rehabilitation in action
Cardiac rehab programmes can vary throughout Scotland but they will usually cover the following: