PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR PRE AND POST CARDIAC PROBLEMS

PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR PRE AND POST CARDIAC PROBLEMS

Cardiac rehabilitation is an exercise and educational programme for the patient group who have suffered from cardiac conditions including heart attack, angioplasty, heart surgery, heart failure, angina or following a pacemaker insertion. The aim of cardiac rehab is to increase understanding of the condition, assist in recovery from surgery, procedure or heart attack, improve health, make changes to lifestyle and to reduce the risk of further heart problems.

Exercises are circuit based, start slowly and gently and are gradually increased over time. Exercises are predominately aerobic in nature to get the heart beating faster which improves heart function, muscle strength and circulation. Outcome measures are used to assess progress over the course of a programme.

A physiotherapy team from Glasgow has recently conducted some research looking into the effectiveness of a home based pre-operative exercise programme and assessing how this improves a post-operative recovery and functional capacity. They have won an award for this research from the Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons. Their research hopes to demonstrate how having physiotherapy prior to any heart surgery can increase recovery and reduces hospital length of stay. This is equally as important post-operatively or post heart attack to maximise attaining pre-baseline functioning. It is essential your recovery is well monitored by a professional Physiotherapist.

At Silver Physio we are able to provide you with an individualised exercise programme to enhance recovery from a cardiac procedure, surgery or condition. Contact us now on 020 3637 8988 to find out more.