Being informed about cardiac rehab can help your heart recover and help you regain control of your health.
Cardiac rehab focuses mainly on recovery of heart events caused by blocked heart arteries (coronary artery disease in medical terms).
The Cardiac Rehab Nurse Specialists will help you identify your risk factors that have contributed to your coronary artery disease. These risk factors increase your chance of having another heart event. There are many risk factors for developing heart disease. Each person is different and has individual risk factors, but here are some examples of risk factors:
- If you smoke (any kind of smoking)
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Lack of physical activity
- Being overweight
- If you have diabetes
These are all things you can do something about to reduce your risk of another heart event and help protect your heart for the future. The Cardiac Rehab Nurse Specialists will give you the information and support to make lifestyle changes to enable you to do this.
Your risk of getting coronary artery disease also depends on other factors, such as your age, family history, sex and ethnicity. You can’t do anything about these, however by making healthy lifestyle changes to control other risk factors can benefit your heart health.
After a heart event it is normal to feel anxious or worried. Your family may also be worried about you. Talking to someone can help you feel less anxiety. The Cardiac Rehab Nurse Specialists can offer you and your family reassurance and support if you need someone to talk to. Have a read of the 'Coping After a Heart Attack' section.
It is important, that if you continue to feel anxious or have a low mood that you talk to your GP who can refer you for additional counselling services.