Cardiac rehabilitation is the process of getting a person back to as full a life as possible following a “cardiac event”, such as a heart attack, having an angioplasty or being diagnosed with coronary heart disease or angina.
Our clinical nurse specialist provides phase one cardiac rehabilitation services to medical cardiology patients. There are four phases of cardiac rehabilitation; phase one occurs during a person’s stay in hospital. We give patients information and support including:
- Inpatient assessment
- Health promotion, such as discussion and advice about risk factors (e.g. smoking, being overweight, diabetes), lifestyle and exercise advice, and referral to stop smoking clinics
- Outpatient referral to a local cardiac rehabilitation programme
Before leaving hospital, patients are provided with detailed information about their medication, as well as a discharge letter. Special information is given to patients who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes, and they are also referred for follow-up with a diabetes specialist or their GP.
Tel: 020 7352 8181 (bleep 7027) or 020 7351 8515 (answerphone)