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Information for patients

What is Cardiac Rehab?

Cardiac Rehab is an 8 week programme involving exercise, risk factor modification, relaxation and educational talks aimed at patients following a cardiac event.

What can I expect from the programme?

Sessions last for approximately 2 and a half hours. Each week, you will be assessed individually by a member of our specialist nursing team, who will measure your blood pressure and heart rate and discuss any concerns you may have.

You will partake in a warm up, a 10 station circuit comprising of a range of cardiovascular and resistance exercises and then a cool down, followed by a relaxation session.

This will be followed by an educational talk given by one of multidisciplinary team members. A different topic is covered each week including:

  • How the heart works and different treatments for heart diseases
  • Cardiovascular risk factors
  • Healthy eating for the heart (by a dietitian)
  • Medicines for the heart (by a pharmacist)
  • Exercise for the heart
  • Stress and the heart

You will also have the opportunity to ask our specialists any questions you may have.

When/where does it run?

  • Monday 2-4:30pm –Bader Gym, Lower Ground Floor, Queen Mary’s Hospital
  • Tuesday 9:30am-12pm – Wandle Recreation Centre, Mapleton Rd, Wandsworth, SW18 4DN
  • Thursday 30am-13:30pm  – Cardiac Rehab Gym, St George’s Hospital and 12.30pm-15:30pm –  Cardiac Rehab Gym, St George’s Hospital

How do I join?

You will be contacted by a member of our team within 3 days of your discharge from hospital or our receipt of your referral.

If you do not receive a telephone call or appointment letter, please contact us on 020 8725 1396. Alternatively, contact your GP who will be able to refer you.

Information for GP’s

Who is suitable for Cardiac Rehab?

How to refer

GP Referral Form

The easiest way to refer is by email via the details under “Contact”. Ensure you include all patient details: full name, NHS no, date of birth and a brief medical history including current medications and the indication for Cardiac Rehab.

We also require the following information in order to proceed with the referral – recent discharge summary and or clinic letter, angiogram report, echo report, blood test report (including most recent renal, liver, lipid and HbA1c results)

Meet the team

  • Dr Mahtab Sharifi – Clinical Supervisor/Consultant Chemical Pathologist
  • Caroline Sutherland – Cardiac Rehabilitation Lead Nurse Specialist
  • Christian Dayaday – Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist
  • Anna Woodcock – Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist
  • Manuella Loureiro – cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist
  • Helen Craston – Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Instructor
  • Giacomo Di Mauro – Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Instructor
  • Kwadwo Kyei – Cardiac Rehabilitation Assistant


Office hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Telephone: 020 8725 1396 or 020 8725 4403
Email: stgh-tr.CardiacRehab@nhs.net