Many people feel scared, confused and overwhelmed after a heart attack, which can be a life-changing event. Prevention of another heart attack and cardiac rehabilitation should be a priority to speed recovery and to improve quality of life.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 80% of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes are preventable.1
Four out of five people who die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) are killed by a heart attack or a stroke, and one third of these deaths occur in people under 70 years of age.2, 3
In Australia, coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for males and the second most common cause for females, after dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.4
Every 90 minutes, someone in New Zealand dies prematurely from heart disease. Many of these deaths are preventable.5
After a heart attack, only about 30% of Australian patients are referred to cardiac rehab, and only 28% of those referred actually attend.6
Cardiac rehabilitation programs
Who should participate?
What are the benefits?
How does it work?
Cardiac rehab programs are delivered by a dedicated team, including doctors, nurses, exercise specialists, therapists, nutritionists and counsellors. Programs typically include the following core components:18
When should I join Cardiac rehab?
If you or a loved one have just experienced a heart attack, the following recommendations should be followed to reduce the risk of having a second cardiac event.
Going through a heart attack can be physically and emotionally challenging. Cardiac rehab programs have been designed to give all the support patients need for a speedier recovery, so if you or a loved one have had an event, make sure you attend and reap the benefits.