Cardiac rehabilitation is a program where health professionals support you and your family or carers with your heart problems.
Cardiac rehabilitation can help you recover and get back to normal activities sooner. You'll get personalised advice to help you:
You still need to see your doctor regularly while you're doing cardiac rehabilitation.
In cardiac rehabilitation sessions you can get support with:
You'll be able to ask questions about things that worry you, and get support if you feel stressed, anxious or depressed.
Ask if you can bring you partner or carer along. It can help them understand what you have gone through, and how they can look after themselves and support your recovery.
Cardiac rehabilitation usually runs for 6 to 10 weeks. It often starts in hospital and continues when you go home. Programs can be run in different ways and places, for example:
Ask your hospital or doctor to refer you to a centre near you, or contact the Heart Foundation Helpline and speak to a qualified health professional.
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Here is a short video of cardiac rehabilitation and why it's an important component of your road to recovery following a heart event (3:05).
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We are here to answer your questions. Call 1300 36 27 87 and talk to one of our qualified heart health professionals. If you need an interpreter, call 131 450 and ask for the Heart Foundation.