Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac rehabilitation is a program of support, education and exercise to assist with strengthening your heart and creating long-term lifestyle changes to help you live a healthier life.

Engaging in cardiac rehabilitation after a heart event, surgery intervention or diagnosis of a heart condition helps to lower your chances of having heart problems in the future. The Upbeat Heart program is offered twice per week on Monday and Wednesday’s in a supervised setting with tailored exercise prescription to suit your ability to promote a return to daily activities such as working or driving.

Exercises might include walking, cycling, rowing and resistance training. The goal of exercise is to strengthen your heart and reduce your chances of future heart issues. Our exercise physiologists will ensure you are guided safely each session.

Upbeat hearts is a suitable program for individuals who have had coronary heart disease, a heart attack or angina attack, stent procedure (PCI) or heart surgery (CAGS), a device insertion (pacemaker/implanted defibrillator), a cardiac arrest, stroke or TIA.

To participate in the Upbeat Hearts Program you will be required to attend an initial assessment to ensure the program is suitable for you to engage in. A referral is not necessary however you may be eligible for Medicare benefits and health fund rebates.

Upbeat Hearts is held on Monday and Wednesdays at 9am. The program runs for 8 weeks and covers a range of education topics to guide you through improving lifestyle behaviours and reducing secondary heart episodes. At completion of your 8-week program you are encouraged to continue in a suitable program offered at Greater West Exercise Physiology or our team of exercise physiologists will safely guide you back to activities of interest.