Cardiac rehabilitation is an eight-week exercise and education program for people who are recovering from a heart event (such as heart attack, angina, cardiac bypass/valve surgery or angioplasty/stent).
The weekly education and exercise sessions assist people to recover by:
- Safely increasing physical activity levels
- Help manage cardiac symptoms
- Supporting a return to work and everyday activities.
- Providing information about preventing further heart disease
How it works
The program operates on Monday and Thursday and offers individualised assessment with a rehabilitation physician, cardiac nurse and exercise physiologist. Achievable health goals are developed with you and you will be provided with an individualised exercise program.
Each week the program offers an education session. These include:
- Heart disease (Cardiac Nurse): How the heart works, heart disease and treatments.
- Medications (Pharmacist): Common heart medications, medication safety and side effects.
- Healthy eating (Dietitian): Healthy eating guidelines, food myths and reading product labels.
- Risk factors and chest pain action plan (Cardiac Nurse): Understanding your risks, managing your chest pain and what to do in an emergency.
- Physical activity (Exercise Physiologist): Physical activity guidelines, benefits of exercise and overcoming barriers.
- Heart emotions (Social Worker): Emotional recovery from a heart event, depression, anxiety and stress management.
- Relaxation and returning to activities (Occupational Therapy): Relaxation techniques and returning to daily activities.
Cardiac rehabilitation is located at the Sunrise Centre, within GMHBA Stadium, Kardinia Park (next to Gate 9).
$10 per day.
How to refer
A General Practitioner (GP), medical specialist or any health professional can make a referral. Referrals are received by:
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (03) 4215 6376
Post: PO Box 281, Geelong VIC 3220
In your referral, please include a summary of the person’s medical diagnosis, current symptoms and issues, goals for rehabilitation and any relevant risks.
All referrals are triaged and if not suitable for cardiac rehabilitation, the referral may be forwarded on to a more appropriate service or feedback provided to the referrer.
Last Modified: Tuesday, 01 December 2020
For further information
For further information, please contact the Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Coordinator on 4215 0421.