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Cardiac Rehabilitiaton

What is cardiac rehabilitation?

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team

Phase I cardiac rehabilitation

Phase II cardiac rehabilitation

Phase III cardiac rehabilitation

Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation centres in Glasgow

What is cardiac rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitiation is the process where patients who have heart disease are encouraged and supported, by a number of different health care professionals, to acheive the best physical and psychological health possible for them.

Cardiac rehabilitiation is offered to patients with established heart disease living in the Greater Glasgow area under the following circumstances:

  • Following a heart attack (Myocardial Infarction)
  • Those patients with newly diagnosed angina 
  • Following a heart by-pass(CABG) operation and valve surgery
  • Following a coronary angioplasty and stent procedure
  • Patients referral by GP or practice nurses

Patients are invited to attend Phase III cardiac rehabilitaiton.  This is a 10 week programme of education and supervised exercise.  A number of health care professionals are involved in the cardiac rehabilitation team to help and support patients living with heart disease.

There are risk factors which contribute to heart disease and the cardiac rehabilitation team can provide education and support  to help patients reduce these factors.

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The Cardiac Rehabilitation Team

There are a number of specialist health professionals who provide patients with support and advice as part of the cardiac rehabilitation programme.


Cardiologist

Caridac Rehabilitaiton Nurse

  • Discuss your heart condition.
  • Help to explain your tests.
  • Identify your risk factors for heart disease.
  • Discuss your recovery and convalescence once you are home from hospital.
  • Arrange to see you with your relative/close friend.

Cardiac Rehabilitaiton Physiotherapist

  • Provide gentle exercise to begin in the ward.
  • Talk to you about benefits of physical activity.
  • Offer advice and information regarding the safe return to your normal activity.
  • Discuss ways of monitoring and progressing your activity levels independently.
  • Answer any questions or concerns you or your family have regarding physical activity.

Clinical Psychologist

Dietitian

  • Access and discuss your diet.
  • Talk to you about risk factors for heart disease.
  • Provide individual advice taking into consideration your circumstances and commitments.
  • Will provide written information, discuss and clearly explain dietary goals.
  • Arrange to see you with a family member where possible to answer any questions.
  • Arrange future follow-up where appropriate.

Pharmacist

Social Worker

Smoking Cessation Advisor

Cardiac rehabilition is made up of the following 4 phases:

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 Phase I cardiac rehabilitation

This is the in-patient phase for those patients who have been admitted to hospital after having a heart attack, or recovering from a heart operation.  During this stage, you will be seen by members of the cardiac rehabilitation team who may focus on: 

  • What is heart disease and it's causes
  • Recovery from heart surgery
  • How to manage chest pain, breathlessness or any other symptoms you may have 
  • The correct use of medicines 
  • Encouraging early mobilisation  by gradually increasing physical activity 
  • How to improve individual risk factors and making lifestyle changes 
  • Feelings and relationships 
  • Driving, insurance and airline travel
  • Involve and support patients partner, family or carer
  • Planning the patients discharge from hospital

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 Phase II cardiac rehabilitation

This phase is when the patient leaves hospital and returns home and is under the care of their family doctor (GP).  Many patients can feel isolated and insecure when they leave hospital. Patients living within the Greater Glasgow area will be offered a home visit and/or telephone call  by their Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse. 

During this time the the patient can contact their cardiac rehabilitation team with any questions or concerns they may have.

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 Phase III cardiac rehabilitation

This is the phase where patients are invited for a comprehensive exercise and education programme for up to 10 weeks, consisting of:

  • Individual consultation appointments with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse and Physiotherapist  at the start, middle and end of the programme
  • A choice of exercise options will be offered by a Cardiac Rehabilitation Physiotherapist
  • Group talks and discussions on topics including:
     - Medications
     - Lifestyle and stress management 
     - Dietary advice and monitoring cholesterol levels
     - Blood pressure
     - Information about stopping smoking
     - Physical activity and the heart
     - Coronary heart disease and risk factors

There will also be other staff available to give you individual support if required including Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Smoking Cessation Advisor.

Patients will be invited to attend the cardiac rehabilitation classes once or twice a week - partners or family members will be welcome to come along to the talks.

The programme can be adapted to suit individual needs.

Patients may be referred into Phase III cardiac rehabilitation directly by their Practice Nurse or GP.

Before patients complete Phase III cardiac rehabilitation programme they will be individually seen by the cardiac rehabilitation nurse and physiotherapist to review their progress and discuss with them long term maintenance of lifestlye changes. 

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Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation

This phase relates to the long-term maintenance of a physically active and healthier lifestyle.   Patients will be referred to their GP and practice nurse and will be invited to attend a Coronary Heart Disease practice nurse clinic at their local GP surgery.  

Patients may also be referred to community services which can provide additional support and advice to help make and keep lifestyle changes including:

  • Smoking cessation services
  • Live active exercise referral scheme
  • Phase IV exercise classes
  • Healthy eating classes

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Cardiac rehabilitation centres in Glasgow

To get the maximum benefir from cardiac rehabiltation and reduce the risk of further cardiac events or problems, it is important that individuals try and make permanant positive changes to their lifestyle.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is delivered in hospitals across Greater Glasgow: Local teams can be contacted at the addresses below.

Western Infirmary
Old Anaesthetic Building
Western Infirmary Dumbarton Road
0141 211 2817

Classes are held at the Physiotherapy Department

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Stobhill Hospital
Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre
Edward Unit
Stobhill Hospital
133 Balornock Road
Glasgow
0141 201 3073

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Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre
2nd Floor
Cuthbertson Building
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
0141 211 4009
Classes are held in the Physiotherapy Department

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Victoria Infirmary
Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre
Langside Road
Glasgow G42 9TY

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Southern General Hospital
Physiotherapy Department
1345 Govan Road
Glasgow
G51 4TF
0141 201 1177

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Royal Alexandra Hospital
Coarsebar Road
Paisley
PA2 9PN
0141 314 6852

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Vale of Leven Hospital
Main Street
Alexandria
G83 0UA
01389 817 408

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Inverclyde Royal Hospital
Larkfield Road
Inverclyde
PA16 0XN
01475 504 484

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