What is cardiac rehabilitation?

21 Oct 2016

Cardiac rehabilitation, also known as cardiac rehab, is an exercise and education program that supports you while you’re recovering from a heart procedure or problem. This service has been proven to keep patients alive and out of hospital - and it’s a very important step on your road to recovery. 

Cardiac rehab encourages you to make lifestyle changes that help your heart to heal and become stronger - which means you can live a healthier, better quality of life. In cardiac rehab, you’ll receive:

  • Support by a team of healthcare professionals – which may include a doctor, nurse, dietitian, physiotherapist or exercise physiologist, occupational therapist, social worker, psychologist or pharmacist
  • A health program – In consultation with your cardiac rehab team you will be provided with a program to best suit your individual needs and health goals
  • You can also receive information and support in a variety of ways - including face-to-face meetings, phone calls and online programs

To find out more about cardiac rehabilitation and it benefits, visit St Vincent's Heart Health website.