Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get referred?
Our Cardiac Nurse will assess you in hospital after your heart attack and refer you to CR.  If you have had an angioplasty or surgery you will be referred by the hospital that carried out the operation.

How do I know if I have been referred?
You will be contacted by letter inviting you to make an appointment for an assessment at about 4-6 weeks after your event.

What should I do if I think I have been missed?
Please contact the pehabilitation department on (01483) 464153 and leave a message and a member of the CR team will contact you.

When are the CR sessions held?
Initial assessments  – Monday, Wednesday and Friday for approx 1hr 15mins.
Exercise sessions – Tuesday or Thursday morning at 9.00am or 10.30am for 1hr 30mins.
Education sessions – Wednesday mornings 9.00am for 3hrs 30mins

How many exercise sessions can I attend?
We offer up to 8 exercise sessions usually on a once a week basis.

What should I bring to the exercise sessions?
Please wear supportive shoes with a non-slip sole and clothing which allows you to move freely such as loose trousers or shorts and a T-shirt.  Please also bring a bottle of water.

What format do the exercise classes take?
The exercise sessions are group based.

I consider myself to be quite fit already.  Do I still need to come?
Please do still come for an assessment.  We can then discuss with you the most appropriate course of action.  It is important that you know how to pace yourself and exercise safely.  The education component may also be invaluable in terms of reducing your risk of another event.

I am not very mobile.  Is it worth me coming?
Please do still come for an assessment.  We tailor the programme to your needs and it may be that teaching you exercises to do at home and attending the education sessions is the most appropriate for you.

I am diabetic.  Do I need to bring anything with me?
Please bring your blood sugar testing kit to exercise sessions and a snack in case you need one.

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