There is evidence that people with heart failure gain significant improvement as a result of attending heart failure cardiac rehabilitation. These are usually formal exercise classes designed for patients with heart failure. Our patients tell us how considerable cardiac rehabilitation has been to them. If you have not been referred to cardiac rehabilitation, please ask your heart failure team.


Heart failure cardiac 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.


Many centres offer a variety of services. Some are based in the hospital, but others are out in the community. Talk to the cardiac 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 cardiac 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. Cardiac 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 cardiac rehabilitation and also the offering of cardiac 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 cardiac 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.


Below is a video from some of patient educators who tell you why they feel and have felt that cardiac rehabilitation is a valuable investment. We hope you enjoy it.

Watch what our patients think of why you should get involved in heart failure cardiac rehabilitation in the video below. Good luck!


Join Pumping Marvellous for some Cardiac Rehab with the NHS UHNM Cardiac Rehab Team

Gentle PT session to get that heart beating with Pumping Marvellous and Ryan

Chair Based Yoga from Turiya Yoga and the Pumping Marvellous Foundation

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Dictionary – “A special quality or feature regarded as the chief factor in the success of something or someone.”

So, what’s your “Secret Sauce?” What makes you tick?

At Pumping Marvellous, we know it takes some real inner drive to live well with heart failure. Pumping Marvellous are Secret Sauce catalysts; we draw out people’s inner Secret Sauce, people’s superpowers and enable other people to learn from other people’s experiences.

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