Cardiac rehabilitation is an aspect of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) management that many primary care health professionals admit to knowing relatively little about. In this article, we explore the central role of primary care in cardiac rehabilitation.
The aim of cardiac rehabilitation is to help people who have had a cardiac event recover and resume as full a life as possible and help reduce the risk of further cardiac problems. The ‘cardiac hope and confidence programme’ is a good way of describing the rehabilitation process as many patients tell us that this is what they gain most from the programme. We review what happens in phase III cardiac rehabilitation and what it can achieve in practice.