What is Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac Rehabilitation is an exercise programme that helps people to recover and return to living a relatively normal life after suffering a cardiac event. The rehabilitation received from the NHS programme, otherwise known as ‘Phase 3’ is provided by the Cardiac team and usually runs for 6-8 weeks. The community classes run by our Charity follow-on from Phase 3 and are often referred to as ‘Phase 4’. These classes are weekly and run all-year round. The programme is similar to the rehab patients receive in hospital and follow a pattern of aerobic warm-up, circuits and cool downs. These classes are not mandatory; however due to research indicating regular exercise is essential for long-term recovery from heart problems they are recommended for patients who fit the eligible criteria.