Cardiorespiratory Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac rehab is a program personalised by your Physiotherapist to strengthen your heart and make long-term lifestyle changes so you can live a longer, healthier life following a heart event.  It can help lower your chances of having heart problems in the future.

Some reasons for partaking in a cardiac rehab program are if you’ve had:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • A heart attack or angina
  • A stent procedure/ heart surgery( bypass, valve or artery surgerry)
  • Heart failure and cardiomyopathy
  • Pacemaker or implanted defibrillator
  • In-heart electrical rhythm problems, such as atrial fibrillation
  • High blood pressure in your lungs (pulmonary hypertension)
  • Stroke or mini stroke (TIA)

Some exercises your physiotherapist might include are:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Weightlifting
  • Resistance training

If you have completed a cardiac program through a hospital and/or would like to improve your cardiovascular fitness please get in contact with us and one of our physiotherapist can work with you to help you get back to your usual activities.

Pulmonary Rehab

Pulmonary rehab is also known as respiratory rehab.  It is an important part of the management and health maintenance of people with chronic respiratory disease who remain symptomatic or continue to have decreased function despite standard medical treatment.  Chronic lung disease is a lifelong condition which needs ongoing management and attention.

Ways our physiotherapists can help:

  • Education to help manage your shortness of breath (breathing techniques, positioning, breathing exercises and conservation of energy)
  • Provide you with personalised exercise program aimed to improve your exercise tolerance. This will help make your daily activities such as showering hanging out washing, walking or gardening easier and increase your independence.

Provide recommendations for assistive technology, such as equipment including mobility aides to assist recovery and maximise ability to complete all daily activities.  They can also make recommendations for other referrals such as to Occupational therapy that can assist with home modifications aimed to assistance people to remain in their own home as well as larger equipment that is required.