The cardiovascular health and rehabilitation service at UCLH is made up of a multidisciplinary team of cardiac nurses, health professionals and exercise specialists who provide advice and rehabilitation support to patients with heart disease.
Patients are referred to this service following recent cardiac surgery, percutaneous coronary intervention, myocardial infarction, implantation of cardiac deﬁbrillator/pacemaker or diagnosis of angina or heart failure. Referrals are received from Barts Heart Centre, GPs, hospital and community heart failure services, UCLH cardio-oncology and peripheral vascular disease services.
All patients are offered an initial telephone review with a cardiovascular health professional. Thereafter we have multiple options for ongoing rehabilitation support. These include either attendance at an individually tailored rehabilitation programme which incorporates education, exercise prescription, psychological support and behaviour change through a self- management approach or further phone or video consults to support a home programme.
The aim is to empower patients with the knowledge, belief and goal-setting skills to make and maintain lifestyle change. Patients are given advice on the safe principles of exercise and the opportunity to attend individual or group sessions of clinically supervised exercise.
Cardiovascular health and rehabilitation takes place following:
- myocardial infarction
- percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
- CABG (coronary artery bypass grafts)
- valve replacement
- implantation of cardiac deﬁbrillator (ICD)/pacemaker
- heart failure
- peripheral vascular disease
A named nurse specialist is identified where possible for each patient and should be available throughout the course of treatment.
Appropriate cardiac patients may be visited while inpatients at University College Hospital by a nurse specialist from the cardiovascular health team.
All patients are offered an outpatient consultation with a cardiovascular nurse specialist followed by either a comprehensive, weekly self-management and exercise rehabilitation programme, or advice on an independent home programme if preferred.
"The rehabilitation team helped me get my life back on track. Finest thing that's ever happened to me"