Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Hounslow & Richmond Cardiac Rehabilitation Team is a community based multi-professional team which provide support for patients and their families throughout their experience of heart disease.       

We offer our programme to patients who have had a recent heart attack, angioplasty (stents), coronary artery bypass surgery and heart valve surgery.

We also accept patients with heart failure and those who have had an internal defibrillator or cardiac resynchronisation therapy device implanted. 

Cardiac rehabilitation is an important part of the treatment available to patients diagnosed with heart disease and includes health education, advice about cardiovascular risk reduction, physical activity, healthy eating and stress management. 

It is a vital part of your long-term recovery, so consider it as important as taking your medication.

Research has shown that cardiac rehab can reduce your risk of having another heart event or being readmitted to hospital and it also improves exercise capacity, quality of life and mental wellbeing.

Cardiac rehab will help you with:

  • Understanding your condition
  • Recovering from your surgery, procedure or heart attack
  • Making changes to your lifestyle that will help improve your heart health
  • Reducing the risk of further heart problems
  • Psychological aspects of living with a heart condition

Cardiac rehab also gives you the chance to meet other people who are going through similar experiences and helps you build up your confidence. 

We accept referrals from hospitals, GPs and other healthcare professionals for patients with a Hounslow or Richmond GP (family doctor). 

Heart health assessment

This appointment provides the opportunity for individual assessment and to discuss and explain diagnosis, treatments, risk factors, lifestyle and on-going recovery. Suitability for the cardiac rehabilitation exercise programme will also be assessed.

Exercise programme

Following your Heart Health Assessment, should you be suitable to commence an exercise programme you will then be invited to join one of our weekly sessions in which you will be able to carry out an individually tailored prescription of exercises within a group setting, whilst receiving support and advice from the team.

These sessions run for 8-12 weeks and are held at the following venues: 

Hounslow Cardiac Rehab

  • Isleworth Leisure Centre 
  • Feltham Assembly Rooms 

Richmond Cardiac Rehab

  • Teddington Memorial Hospital 
  • Richmond Rehab Unit

Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, we are unable to run face to face classes but we are offering alternative options, which will be discussed during your Heart Health Assessment. 

Heart health education days

Held on a monthly basis, at various venues across the Hounslow and Richmond Boroughs, our Education Days provide the opportunity to learn more about the following topics from a range of Health Care Professionals: 

  • Cardiac disease and how it’s treated and managed
  • Cardiac medications 
  • Risk factor management 
  • Healthy eating 
  • Exercise and physical activity 
  • Psychological wellbeing 

You may find that your condition or circumstances make it difficult for you to attend the cardiac rehabilitation programme in person. If so, please do contact us to discuss other ways in which you can still access the programme or advice and guidance.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all of our assessments and sessions are currently taking place via video link or telephone call where possible as well as using online platforms and home based programmes to support our patients. For more information on this, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Before carrying out any exercise after a cardiac event or procedure, it is extremely important that you undergo a thorough screening by a healthcare professional to clear you for exercise.

All exercises are demonstrated as a guide only and you should modify them based on your own fitness levels and ensure you work at your own pace.

Stop exercising immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive breathlessness
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Other pain

If symptoms persist, call NHS 111 for medical advice. Call 999 if you feel your symptoms indicate an emergency.

Warm up video

Main circuit

Cool down

  • Rebecca Hall –Cardiac Rehabilitation Physiotherapist & Clinical Lead

  • James Fishlock – Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Specialist 

  • Louise Anderson – Cardiac Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant

  • Andreia Ture – Dietician

  • Giulietta Sestini – Dietician 

  • Leilah Nightingale – Dietician

  • Kinga Dojnikowska – Dietician 

  • Mira Andoy – Heart Failure Specialist Nurse  

All referralsmust be made through the Single Point of Access service

Referral requirements

This service is for patients who are:

  • aged 18 and over
  • registered with a GP in NHS Hounslow or Richmond CCG

Patients will be accepted who have had the following recent events or procedures:

  • Myocardial Infarction - ‘Heart Attack'
  • Revascularisation – Angioplasty/Stents
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
  • Heart Failure
  • Implantation of Internal Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) or Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy Device 

Referrals for Cardiac Rehabilitation are screened within two weeks and an individual initial Heart Health Assessment given prior to inclusion into the Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme. 

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30am