Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiovascular disease is the term used for Heart, Stroke and Blood Vessel diseases. Cardiovascular disease kills 1 Australian every 10 minutes and affects more than 3.5 million Australians (Heart Foundation Website).

Cardiac Rehabilitation describes all measures used to help people with heart disease return to an active and satisfying life and to prevent recurrence of cardiac events.

At the Mersey Community Hospital, we recognise the importance of cardiac rehabilitation services as a launching pad for ongoing prevention following diagnosis of cardiac disease.

Each Thursday, the Physiotherapy Department “comes alive” with music and physical activities for patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation. Patients are assisted by a Registered Nurse with expertise in cardiac rehabilitation and other Allied Health Professionals. In collaboration with the patient’s cardiac specialists, strategies are developed to achieve mutually agreed goals of ongoing prevention and for developing and maintaining skills for long-term behaviour change and self-management. Services include physical activity, health education, counselling, behaviour modification strategies and support.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Classes – Physiotherapy Department, 2nd Floor, each Thursday between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (morning tea provided).

Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinics are conducted within the Hospital’s Outpatient/Specialist Clinics from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday and Wednesday each week.