Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac Rehabilitation refers to the stage when people who have had a cardiac event or cardiac surgery transfer from Phase III (Hospital based education & exercise) to Phase IV which is a long term maintenance programme of exercise and education. Activate Health have been delivering Cardiac Rehab programmes for in excess of 20 years!
All participants wishing to exercise or participate in a physical activity programme must get a referral from or a letter of approval from a consultant, GP or the Phase III Cardiac Nurse Specialist or Sister.
To deliver Phase IV classes or personal training within this field the exercise professional must be on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at advanced level 4 minimum and hold current certificates in Phase IV instruction and emergency Cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It is also necessary for the exercise professional to adhere to the standards and guidelines set out by the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR). A revalidation process for up dating training and knowledge is required every three years.
Increased physical activity and appropriate education can either reduce the risks or help with the rehabilitation of the following:
- Heart attack (MI)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Mini strokes (TIA’s)
- Strokes (CVA)
It is important to know that when participating in physical activity the exercise professionals that advise you are as up to date with their knowledge and training as possible.