Cardiac rehabilitation is a process that helps you make essential changes to your lifestyle so that you can return to as 'normal' a life as possible following a heart event.
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:
Cardiac rehabilitation services provide you and your family with education, information, physical activity and social support with help from health professionals - including dieticians, nurses, physiotherapists, cardiologists, psychologists and others.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a vitally important part of your recovery and can make a real difference to you and your family. Cardiac rehabilitation programmes can:
Cardiac rehabilitation can help anyone who has had a heart attack or any cardiac event or procedure, either recently or in the past, for example:
Your family members are also encouraged to participate with you throughout the cardiac rehabilitation process.
Heart support groups give you and your partner/family/whanau the chance to meet and talk with others who have gone through similar experiences. Most groups have physical activity programmes, invite guest speakers to talk about heart health related issues as well as other general topics. All groups try to promote a warm social atmosphere.
There are a large number of heart support groups and cardiac rehabilitiation programmes throughout New Zealand. The Heart Foundation maintains an online directory of these groups, which can be accessed here.
Every endeavour has been made to ensure the information in the online directory is accurate and up-to-date. For more information, please contact us.
University of York - Cardiac Rehabilitation
This site supported by the British Heart Foundation, has information for both patients and professionals interested in cardiac rehabilitation.