Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehab is an initiative run through the Waikato DHB cardiology department.

Watene from Sport Waikato surrounded by  colleagues and clients
Watene (above) from Sport Waikato enjoys a collaborative approach with the nurses, dietician, the Heart Foundation and of course the patients.

Sport Waikato work with nurses in a hospital setting to provide supervised exercise and good advice for patients with heart problems. Each patient gets a Green Prescription for the exercise and follow up support.

Cardiac Rehab is a comprehensive eight week programme involving blood pressure checks, pre and post exercise testing. Nurses provide health checks and advice and activity coordinators deliver an exercise programme.

The programme can benefit patients with results like lower blood pressure and increased fitness. This can improve heart health and helps people to get more out of life, and less time in hospital.

Cardiac Rehab has helped the Waikato region to achieve the lowest rate of re-admissions for heart disease in New Zealand.

The programme aims to meet the needs of clients and to build on a quality service.

Cardiac Rehab involves the following:

  • six sessions over six weeks
  • 30 minutes of exercise
  • 30 minutes of risk management workshop covering
    • how the heart works
    • diet
    • medication
    • exercise
    • stress
  • two phone calls at nine and 12 weeks.

End of programme support includes:

  • information on community exercise options
  • two follow up phone calls
  • an offer of three months of one on one support.
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