Whatever your age, increasing your daily activity can have a significant impact on your physical and emotional well-being.

150 minutes per week of cardiovascular exercise can feel daunting, but with expert guidance it can be achieved – no matter what the age or health-related issues may be. 

“There is an exercise for everybody.  It’s up to the skill of the clinician to find the one that fits the patient.”

Tom Hastings, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cardiology

Who is it for?

Basically anybody.  Your reading this webpage is a good start.  

Taking the first steps is the most difficult – but anything you do now can help in the future. 

How does it work?

You can refer yourself by simply contacting us.  We can gather the relevant information. Alternatively, you can ask your GP to refer you. Frequently, your cardiologist will refer you directly. 

Once a patient has been referred to Heartsure a member of the team will contact him or her to directly.

An Initial Assessment (IA) will be booked

Initial Assessment – This is an individual session with your clinician. 

In your first meeting we will discuss your current state of health. If you have any health problems we can discuss them. 

Next, if you are currently on any medications we will discuss how they affect the body. This is an opportunity to ask questions and to gain an understanding of your prescription medications. 

In your IA we will record your Baseline Observations, which will consist of:

  •  Blood pressure
  •  Cholesterol levels
  •  Oxygen saturation
  •  Lung function 
  •  Temperature 
  •  Weight and Height (BMI)

Your clinician will discuss the normal parameters for these observations. 

We will then discuss your lifestyle, including your diet, exercise habits and stress levels.  

Lastly, an exercise assessment will identify any problems you have with movement or mobility. A simple walking test will be performed to assess your body’s reaction to exercise and assess your general fitness level.  We will attach a small monitor to continuously record your heart rate. You will be introduced to the medically supervised exercise circuit.  

Your session will consist of: 

  •  A simple warm-up including stretching exercises. 
  •  A 6-8 station exercise circuit specifically designed for hypertensive patients.
  •  An extended cool-down period and progressive stretches. 

We can offer you a Polar activity device, which allows the clinicians to analyse your activity, track your steps, monitor your sleep and record your heart rate during exercise. 

We will then devise an action plan and individual short- and long-term goals.  

A comprehensive report which will include your personal goals and action plan, will be sent to your cardiologist / surgeon / referring person and GP.

One-to-one medically supervised exercise sessions – weekly / regular sessions – with your clinician. At the start of each weekly or regular session you will have a health check-up, which will include your Baseline Observations.

We will then discuss your progress since the last session. We will review any on-going symptoms and identify any problems and successes.  If you are using a Polar activity device (example below), the data collected can be assessed and feedback given. 

If for any reason you haven’t reached your goals, we will review and work together to get you back on track. 

As you work with your clinician on the medically supervised exercise circuit, he or she can adjust and adapt the circuit to suit your needs.

At the end of each session we will summarise your achievements and set a plan for the time until your next session.

Discharge / review meeting – After a defined period of time from the start of your programme, there will be an individual appointment with your clinician and a review of your goals.  New goals and future action plans will be set. 

You will repeat the ‘Exercise Test’ and assess any improvements made with your fitness levels. A summary of goals will be discussed, with new challenges set for any which haven’t yet been reached. 

An updated progress report will be sent to your cardiologist / surgeon / referring person and GP

How long will my programme last and how much will it cost?

“Successful health behaviour change programmes that involve exercise training, physical activity, risk factor management and psychosocial wellbeing require time to achieve the desired goals.”

The National Audit Cardiac Rehabilitation 2017

You and your clinician will decide how long your programme will last.

Self funding:

  • Initial assessments and reports (120 minutes) – £220
  • One-to-one medically supervised exercise sessions (75 minutes) – £90
  • Discharge / review meeting (75 minutes) – £150

Insurance:

Some insurance companies cover our programmes.  Please contact a member of the team to discuss further.