The Livewell Southwest Community Cardiac Team is made up of specialist nurses, nurse assistants and exercise physiologists. The service is split into two main areas: cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure.
The cardiac rehabilitation service is offered free to anyone who has had a recent heart attack, bypass surgery or emergency same-day stent. It is designed to give you all the support you need from discharge through to long-term recovery. Our service covers the areas of Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon, with people referred to the service at the time of hospital discharge.
The cardiac rehabilitation service can help in a number of different ways. It can help people to reduce their risk of further heart events, return to normality (as quickly as possible) and understand more about their condition and the symptoms it can cause. We support people to regain confidence after a heart event by helping them to understand what they can do to make changes to their lifestyle which both reduce their risk, and improve their overall quality of life.
Once a referral is placed, a cardiac nurse works to assess the personal needs of the patient, offering advice and information of everything from medications, healthy eating and smoking cessation through to returning to work or daily life, and setting long-term goals for the future.
We also offer supervised exercise programmes, provided by dedicated cardiac rehabilitation nurses and a specialist exercise instructor, which help people to get moving in a structured and well-supported way over a six week course. This also offers people the chance to meet others who have experienced the same cardiac event, or procedure.
Equally, the heart failure team helps people to manage their symptoms better and get the most out of their treatment. This element of the service aims to help people to better understand their condition, in order to take control and manage their own health more effectively.
Once referred, your case will be triaged against Livewell Southwest’s heart failure referral criteria. If you’re suitable, you will be called to discuss your current condition and a home visit will be arranged. During your first appointment, the nurse will assess your personal needs and give you information on issues that are relevant to you such as medication, how to control your symptoms and manage your condition, diet and exercise plans and ways to reduce stress.
The heart failure service also offers a bespoke six week exercise programme for people who have been cleared by a cardiologist. Many people find that it can help relieve anxiety, improve their confidence and help return to their normal activities.
We run the exercise sessions at two venues in Plymouth, one at Princetown, and one at Kingsbridge. These are the YMCA Sports Centre in Honicknowle, Brickfields Sports Centre in Devonport, Community Centre in Princetown and the Sports Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth II Recreation Field, Modbury.
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