Rehabilitation at the Royal Sussex County Hospital
What is cardiac rehabilitation?
rehabilitation is the process of helping people with a heart condition make any
necessary changes to their lifestyle and get back on their feet again, physically,
psychologically, socially and vocationally following a cardiac event.
main aim of cardiac rehabilitation is to help people regain their confidence and
return to as normal a life as possible following a cardiac event. Patients and
their families often fear another heart attack, for example and this can lead
to patients unnecessarily restricting their social and vocational activities.
The myths and fears that lead to this behaviour are dealt with during cardiac
does cardiac rehabilitation achieve?
Rehabilitation helps patients to change poor health habits such as smoking, inactivity
and dietary habits.
helps people recover psychologically. Research evidence suggests that in the months
after a heart attack as many as 30 per cent of patients may have clinically significant
levels of anxiety and 15 to 20 per cent will suffer from a significant degree
Cardiac Rehabilitation helps
people to deal with social issues; for example it helps them understand problems
relating to health and travel insurance, how to obtain benefits and when to return
As anyone who has experienced good
quality cardiac rehabilitation will tell you, rehabilitation provides much more
than extra years. It supports and encourages change and helps people set and work
towards realistic and achievable personal goals to restore their health and return
to normal life.
What patients are seen at the Brighton and Sussex
University Trust hospitals?
rehabilitation team sees patients with the following diagnoses:
infarction (heart attack), Cardiac Surgery, including by-pass and valve surgery,
Angioplasty and Stent insertion and internal cardioverter defibrillation insertion.
the service is delivered at the Royal Sussex County Hospital
process runs from admission to discharge, including the referral process: There
are four phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation:
1: In-Patient phase
2: Immediate post discharge rehabilitation
3: Outpatient rehabilitation
4: Long term maintenance of changed behaviour
Please click HERE for information on the four phases
Lead Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist
Cardiac rehabilitation co-ordinator
The Royal Sussex County hospital
Phone: 01273 696955 Ext. 4009