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”

Alternative option:

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).

Both options are FREE and provided by Nelson Bays Primary Health with support from Nelson Hospital Cardiology staff and
The Heart Foundation


Bee Williamson
Community Education Coordinator – Heart & Diabetes
Nelson Bays Primary Health
Phone: 03 543 7836
Mob: 021 409 552
Free: 0800 731 317

Who can access this service?

Anyone who has recently been discharged from hospital
following a heart attack, heart procedure or heart surgery
and their family/whanau support person/s.
Sessions are held around the region and
delivered in a relaxed, informal way.