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Cardiac Rehabilitation offers secondary prevention education and support to patients after a cardiac event. The service is nurse coordinated with a multidisciplinary approach.

The service aims to empower patients with the knowledge and ability to make necessary lifestyle changes. The team encourages and supports patients to achieve and maintain a healthy body and mind.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit aims to: 

  • help patients to recover and restore their confidence
  • provide support for patients and their families
  • encourage patients towards a healthier lifestyle
  • help patients return to work or other hobbies or activities
  • help patients give up smoking
  • help patients understand their medicines
  • help patients manage stress.
  • Referrals are accepted from all healthcare professionals.

    To be accepted on to the programme, patients must have had a recent cardiac event such as myocardial infarction or coronary artery bypass graft or angioplasty and stenting.

    For external referrals, please email; cardiacrehabref@stjames.ie 

    Self-referrals from patients are also accepted with a doctor’s referral letter.

  • The cardiac rehabilitation programmes runs from six to twelve weeks depending on the programme. They take place two or three times per week and last for approximately two hours each.   

    Programmes include both exercise and education sessions.

    The exercise sessions include a warm up period followed by aerobic exercise and weight training and finishes with a cool down period. Patients start off slowly to build up their exercise tolerance and are monitored and supervised carefully.

    The education sessions include topics like; risk factors for heart disease, healthy eating to reduce heart disease, exercising safety, cardiac medications, stress management and relaxation techniques.

  • Mary Kerins, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Manager:
    Email mkerins@stjames.ie or tel. (01) 410 3240.

    Louise Aikens, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Manager:
    Email leakins@stjames.ie or tel. (01) 410 3240.

    Marie Ryan, Clinical Nurse Specialist:
    Email meryan@stjames.ie or tel. (01) 428 4315.

    Sara Hennessy, Secretary:
    Email SHennessy@stjames.ie or tel. (01) 416 2548.

  • Please complete this referral form cardiacrehab.doc and send it to; cardiacrehabref@stjames.ie

Contact Details

Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

How to find us

Ground floor, Hospital 4.

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