British Heart Foundation

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust


Information for healthcare staff / referring agencies

Referral to:

Cardiac Rehabilitation Department New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton West Midlands WV10 0QP


Conditions accepted (depending on severity)

Myocardial Infarction (MI)

Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)

Heart Bypass

Angioplasty

Heart failure

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Valve Surgery

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

Angina

Other cardiac surgery

Pacemaker

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Other information

Education Sessions
All patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease or valve disease are welcome to attend the education sessions. However, it may not be appropriate for patients with psychiatric disorders who may be disruptive.

Exercise Programmes
Patients can be referred by their Consultant, by their GP or by the Heart Failure Specialist Nurses. It is appropriate for most patients to join one of the exercise programmes four to six weeks after a heart attack or surgery.
Contraindications:
Unstable angina
Uncontrolled heart failure
Acute febrile illness/viral infection
Resting tachycardia (heart rate greater than 100bpm)
Resting systolic blood pressure greater than 180mmHg/diastolic blood
pressure greater than 100mmHg
Severe aortic stenosis

Stress Management Programme
Patients can be referred by their GP or Consultant, or they can self-refer.
Contraindications:
Existing psychiatric problems
Drug/alcohol problems
Inability to understand English
If stress is due to bereavement consider referring to bereavement counselling.


Phases:

1
In hospital

2
Immediate post discharge period

3
Multidisciplinary rehabilitation period

4
Maintenance sessions / strategies

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Audit Contact:

01902 694226
Cardiac Rehabilitation Department New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton Road Wolverhampton West Midlands WV10 0QP



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