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Long-term Maintenance

You are discharged from the Phase III cardiac rehabilitation programme when you:

  • Are considered a safe and independent exerciser
  • You have identified your risk factors and identified your goals for secondary prevention, and have the necessary information / referral to achieve these goals.

Discharge advice is discussed individually with you prior to your discharge which includes advice on personal risk factor management, review of individual goals and quality of life. Following cardiac rehabilitation we aim for you to be confident in exercising effectively through self monitoring.

If you wish to continue supervised exercise, referrals are made with your consent onto your local community exercise schemes (known as Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation) which are run by qualified exercise instructors. You may be signposted onto other community services such as support groups, psychological services in your local area.

You will be referred to the Coronary Heart Disease clinic at your local GP surgery and Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation as appropriate. You will have yearly follow up by the Primary Health Care Teams to enhance secondary prevention.

For North Central and South Manchester residents, the NHS service available is the Physical Activity Referral Scheme (PARS). PARS run sessions in the community and you are given a selection of locations, days / times and types of exercise activities that you can attend for £1 per session or health walks for free (costs in August 2012). PARS sessions and consultations are run by exercise instructors who have a specialist qualification in supervising exercise for those with heart conditions. PARS can be contacted on 0161 2301857.