Our service supports patients who have had heart surgery or been diagnosed with left ventricular systolic dysfunction, Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD), Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA), Diagnosed stable angina or are at high risk of Cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Our team is made up of Specialist Nurses, Physiotherapists, and Assistant Practitioners who will offer advice and support to help improve your heart health and reduce the risk of further heart problems or stroke.
At your first appointment, a Primary Care Cardiac Nurse will conduct a health assessment order to identify ways to reduce the risk of further cardiac problems, TIA or stroke. We work closely with you to identify personal health goals and provide tailored support to achieve this. This can include advice on healthy eating, structured exercise programs, support to stop smoking and optimising of medications.
The service links with partners in Welfare Rights, Social Services and Housing and may also be able to provide access to weight management groups, cooking education, stop smoking advice, exercise groups, local support groups, counselling services as well as books, DVDs and other self-help materials.
Exercise is a safe and important part of recovery post heart event, therefore a Primary Care Cardiac Nurse may suggest you complete an eight-week Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Programme.
The weekly sessions are run by a Cardiac Physiotherapist at several local venues including Nottingham City Hospital, local health centres and GP surgeries or your home.
Patients recover at differing rates, but encouraging exercise to continue long term can help:
- Reduce the risk of developing further cardiovascular disease
- Reduce and maintain healthy blood pressure levels
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Lose weight and maintain your weight at a healthy level
- Reduce the risk of developing diabetes and help to control blood sugar levels
- Reduce stress, anxiety and depression levels
- Improve muscle strength and stamina
- Keep bones strong and reduce the risk of osteoporosis
- Reduce joint stiffness and can help with arthritis
- Reduce angina and breathlessness
Only patients that are registered with a GP in Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group are eligible for this service.
Referrals can be made for patients who meet the service criteria by patients, carers or clinicians by contacting Nottingham Health and Care Point on 0300 131 0300 and selecting Option 1, then Option 5 or using our online referral form.
You can also contact us directly on 0115 883 4733. The team is available from 8am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.