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Cardiovascular rehabilitation information for patients

Supporting patients with heart disease 

What is cardiovascular rehabilitation?

We offer a rehabilitation programme for people with cardiovascular disease. The programme aims to help you manage your condition, regain your quality of life and increase your physical activity and ability to exercise. It includes information and discussion sessions as well as relaxation and exercise classes.

  • Cardiovascular rehabilitation assessment clinic

    Please check your clinic letter for location and time of appointment.

    Before you start the rehabilitation programme, you will be invited to make an appointment for our assessment clinic. The aim of the clinic is to assess your recovery after your heart event, identify any ongoing problems and establish how the cardiovascular rehabilitation programme can help.

    Please bring:

    • the completed forms that were given to you with your clinic letter
    • a list of all the medicines you are taking.

    You don't need to bring clothes to exercise in at this appointment.

    At the clinic

    You will be assessed by members of the team who will identify any ongoing problems to help decide how the programme can best work for you.

    A date is usually given to start the cardiovascular rehabilitation programme following this clinic.

  • Cardiovascular rehabilitation programme

    The programme focuses on the long-term nature of cardiovascular disease, helping you to come to terms with it and any changes to your lifestyle you wish to make.

    The programme lasts six weeks and is held at:

    •  St Thomas' Hospital - Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10am - 12 noon.

    What the programme covers

    • Stress management and relaxation - helping you to emotionally adjust to your health condition, deal with stress and techniques to relax
    • Exercise - physical activity is important in preventing further heart problems. We aim to help you regain confidence in being active and think about how you can continue to exercise after the programme has finished.
    • Information sessions - covering cardiovascular disease, risk factors and treatments, healthy eating and alcohol, physical activity, medicines and understanding and managing emotions.
    • Support - allowing you to share experiences with others on the course. Members of the local cardiac support group (explained below) attend one of these sessions.
  • Cardiovascular support groups

    Many people who have a heart problem need help and support after their recovery. Joining a support group can help you feel less alone when dealing with these issues.

    The groups are dedicated to health education and offer support, companionship, the expertise of a number of specialist speakers and social events.

    For details of all the support groups, please contact us on 020 7188 0946.

Useful phone numbers

  • Cardiovascular rehabilitation advice line: 020 7188 0946 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Please leave a message if you get our answer phone so we can return your call.