The Community Cardiac Rehabilitation Service (West Hertfordshire) provides a comprehensive package of care to patients with coronary heart disease and heart failure. It supports people to confidently return to their chosen lifestyle and activities and reduce their risk factors for a further cardiac event.
The service uses medical evaluation, prescribed exercise programmes, health information sessions and emotional and psychological support to make lifestyle changes to achieve on-going health and wellbeing.
The cardiac rehabilitation programme is run by a specialist multidisciplinary team comprised of a dietitian, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and exercise instructors. We offer support tailored to the needs of the individual to come to terms with their cardiac condition and improve their cardiac health.
Evidence shows that attending a Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme leads to an overall improvement in health by reducing the risk factors for heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.
Patients who have attended the programme say they feel more informed and motivated to make lifestyle changes leading to an improved quality of life, often feeling ‘better than before’.
Before starting the nine week group programme patients have an individual initial assessment with a cardiac rehabilitation clinician to discuss their progress and concerns and to develop a personal health plan, including goals, for the programme.
We aim to make the programme as relaxed and enjoyable as possible while making steps towards rebuilding confidence and adopting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation programme at Hertfordshire Community Trust in East & North Hertfordshire is run by a Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist in the community. The exercise classes for patients are run by the Lister Hospital (E&N Herts Trust Cardiology). The Cardiac Specialist Nurse can deliver a home programme and give you advice and practical support after coming out of hospital. You can make an appointment to be seen at home or in clinic. The clinic appointment will take place at Kingsway in Stevenage on Mondays only, 9am -5pm. The home visits will take place Tuesday - Friday.
The East & North programme is available from Lister Hospital for:
(Please note Heart valve replacement or repair does not always meet the criteria for E&N Hertfordshire exercise classes - home visits and the home exercise programme is the pathway in this area.)
Tel: 01442 285859
East & North Herts
All referrals to Nurse Elaine Eden: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 07799 648 768
Exercise classes: Nurse Aileen Crick - 01438 284183
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