Healthy Hearts - Cardiac Rehabilitation
Healthy Hearts is a “one-off” group information session available to patients (and their families/whānau) following a cardiac event, known as phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation (sometimes referred to as secondary prevention).
Cardiac Rehabilitation, has been proven to reduce acute presentations and unplanned hospital re-admissions following a heart attack, cardiac surgery or cardiac intervention (e.g. Stent (PCI), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or angiogram).
From the patient’s perspective, cardiac rehabilitation can reduce anxieties associated with living with heart disease and it can improve knowledge and confidence to live a long and healthy life. The impact of this is reduced symptoms and disease progression.
The Healthy Hearts session:
- promotes an understanding of cardiac conditions and confidence to self-manage them;
- highlights the importance of:
- symptom management
- medication adherence
- mental well-being and on-going support options
- managing blood pressure and cholesterol
- keeping physically active
- healthy eating
These FREE 6 hour (or 2 x 3 hour), small-group sessions are delivered in a relaxed, informal way by Nelson Bays Primary Health, Green Prescription, Primary Care Dietitians, and Nelson Marlborough Health Cardiac Nurse Specialists.
“Learnt more on this day than over 10 years and 5 heart attacks”
“Very helpful, feeling more confident now”
“I thought I knew everything but now realise I didn’t”
The 'Heart Guide Aotearoa' is a home-based rehabilitation guide from the Heart Foundation, which is delivered over the telephone with support from the Community Education Coordinator (Heart & Diabetes).