Cardiac Rehab

What is cardiac rehab?

Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a program provided by specifically trained physiotherapists to help people recovering from heart surgery, heart attacks or other heart procedures like stenting and angioplasty.  The physiotherapist will help you to increase your activity level and physical fitness in a controlled and safe way.

Is cardiac rehab necessary?

Following the procedures above it is necessary to help improve your physical fitness and health and reduce the risk of future heart problems.

How long does the cardiac rehab go on for?

The programme is designed for each individual person.  For you to become fit again can take anything between 6 weeks and 6 months.

What are cardiac rehab exercises?

The program will involve a combination of warm up exercises, stretching exercises, pulse-raising activities such as fast walking, marching on the spot and gentle cycling and then a cool down. The warm up is important to help gradually increase the load on the heart, which is much safer than suddenly doing pulse-raising activities. Your physiotherapist will help you learn ways how to monitor your exercise level using measures like pulse rate and effort scores.  This is important to stop you pushing your body too hard but also making sure you work hard enough to increase your physical fitness.

Your Therapists

Melissa qualified as a Physiotherapist from St Georges University in 2014. She started her career in the NHS working with patients with learning disabilities and mental health issues, mostly rehabilitating patients in the hydrotherapy pool and gym.... Read More »


Ed Howes qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2012 from the University of East Anglia, in the UK. Having worked in a variety of settings: Outpatients, hospitals, community, accident and emergency, clinics and sporting environments, Ed has... Read More »


Kelly Ratcliff qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003 from University of South Australia. Kelly commenced her career in Australia, working across a broad range of specialities in the private sector, including rehabilitation, neurology, neurosurgery... Read More »


Stephanie graduated from Kings College London in 2010. She has worked in a wide variety of physiotherapy specialties in various London teaching hospitals including care of the elderly, neurology, respiratory, oncology and musculoskeletal disorders.... Read More »


Bhawna qualified as a Chartered physiotherapist in 2007 from Delhi University, India and then pursued her interest in neuroscience and completed M.Sc. Neuro rehabilitation from Brunel University, London in 2009. She has been working in the UK in NHS,... Read More »


Maria is a Chartered Physiotherapist registered also with the Health Professional Council. She qualified in 2008 from the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece and has since attended several courses related to hands-on therapy.... Read More »


Maria graduated in 2007 and has been specializing in Neurophysiotherapy since then. She has started a MSc Biomechanics course and has a strong interest in gait and posture of the Elderly.  Her work includes rehabilitation after injury or surgery,... Read More »