Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is the process by which people with cardiac disease, in partnership with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, are encouraged and supported to achieve and maintain optimal physical and psychosocial health.

The definition used by the Department of Health is

Cardiac rehabilitation is a professionally supervised programme consisting of:

  • a medical assessment to determine risk factors, patient needs and limitations
  • a menu-based programme covering six components, namely: lifestyle, risk factor management, cardio-protective drug therapy and implantable devices, psychosocial status and quality of life, education and long-term management.
(Department of Health 2010)