Heart Failure Rehabilitation
There is evidence that people with heart failure gain significant improvement as a result of attending heart failure rehabilitation. These are usually formal exercise classes which are designed for patients with heart failure. Our patients tell us that how significant rehabilitation has been to them. If you have not yet been referred to heart failure rehabilitation, then please ask your heart failure team.
Heart failure rehabilitation – helping you understand
Heart failure rehabilitation will help you to understand your condition and how to live well with heart failure. The programmes are designed to help your heart to function better, and also all the other muscles in your body. Patients also say that it makes them feel more positive. They are able to share their experiences with other patients with heart failure.
Heart rehabilitation – access and where
Many centres offer a variety of services. Some are based in the hospital, but others are out in the community. Talk to the rehabilitation team, if you do not wish to attend a formal class. They may be able to provide an activity programme that you can do at home, or give you general advice on how to manage your activity levels.
It’s not just about exercise
It’s not only about exercise. It will help you identify the best way to self manage your condition through good food and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Remember you are entitled to heart failure rehabilitation. Ask your heart failure team when and where you can do it. They will need to refer you for rehabilitation initially and hopefully after the various programmes they’ll be able to let you go to do your own thing. Good luck!
It’s not just what it is and how to do it but it’s the WHY it’s important
Sometimes people tell you what it is and how you should do it. We think differently at the Pumping Marvellous Foundation. We believe in working with you and getting to the crux of some of the challenges of living with heart failure better. Rehabilitation can be the start of a new chapter. There is plenty of evidence out there that demonstrates how good it is for people living with heart failure. See it as another treatment that this time you can enjoy.
The take up of heart failure rehabilitation and also the offering of rehabilitation is also poor. The rates of how many heart failure patients s get it is poor and this is why you should press your heart failure team to assess you for a programme. There are many fine examples of patients like you undertaking a rehabilitation programme which has made their life better. Not only a healthier lifestyle in tune with their condition but also more energy and a better capacity to exercise. That’s completing some of the normal tasks that were such a challenge before, like climbing the stairs, walking the dog or walking to the shops.
Listen to our video from our patient educators to you
Below is a video from some of patient educators who tell you why they feel and have felt that rehabilitation is a valuable investment. We hope you enjoy it.
Watch what our patients think of why you should get involved in heart failure rehabilitation in the video below.Good luck!