Helping to manage risk factors for coronary artery disease and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
At Lingard Private Cardiac Rehabilitation, we strive to reinforce secondary prevention strategies for persons with cardiac disease, reduce hospital admissions and promote return to work and normal daily activities.
Who is the Program for? Our program is available to patients that have been diagnosed or treated for any of the following:
Coronary Angiography – Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease
About the Program Learn how to manage your risk factors for coronary artery disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The program runs for 5 - 6 weeks, dependent on your Health Fund, and involves:
2x 2 hour sessions per week
1 hour of education
1 hour supervised exercise
Program Pathway You will be reviewed by a Cardiac Nurse within our hospital ward or contacted on discharge and invited to attend the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.
We will advise you of the starting date for your program and you will receive an information package and questionnaires to complete.
Your GP and Cardiologist will be notified and your medical history will be obtained to assist the cardiac rehabilitation team to plan the most appropriate program for you.
On admission to the program you will be asked to attend an interview to assess your risk factors and complete an initial walking test.
At completion of the program another interview will assess your risk factors and a further walking test will be conducted. A discharge report will be sent to your specialist and GP.
Educational Component Our team of Allied Health and specialist nurses deliver education aimed at assisting you to implement and maintain a lifelong healthy lifestyle. The topics include:
How the heart works (Cardiac Nurse)
Managing your risk factors for Heart Disease, Artery Disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle. (Cardiac Nurse)
Basic CPR techniques (Cardiac Nurse)
Nutrition - Healthy eating and reading food labels (Dietician)
Know your medications (Pharmacist)
Exercise - how and why (Physiotherapist)
Balancing daily activities, leisure and work (Occupational Therapist)
Exercise Component The exercise program is conducted twice a week up to a total of 12 sessions. These sessions include supervised exercise programs, as prescribed by a Physiotherapist and a Specialist Cardiac Nurse. The sessions are conducted in a group format with activities being adapted to suit individual needs and exercise capacities. During the sessions, we will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation to ensure the program is suited to your ability and level of fitness.
Funding In most cases the cost of the program will be covered by your Health Fund. A health fund check will be organised – if you are not covered a cost may be incurred for the program, and you will be notified of this before commencing.
Referrals Patients can access the service via GP referral, self referral or referral from associated hospitals in the HNE region. GP referrals can be faxed or emailed to Lingard Private cardiology department. A detailed letter stating the aim of the referral and a comprehensive medical history including current medication profile is required.