What is physiotherapy?
It is the treatment of injury, disease and disorders through physical methods
— such as exercise, massage, manipulation and other treatments. Your
physiotherapist will focus on the management and prevention of pain, injury,
disability and impairment.
Why is it important for me?
The main rationale of physiotherapy after your cardiac surgery is to prevent and
treat postoperative complications, improve pulmonary function and promote
physical activity. It effectively reduces mortality; improving health and quality of life; reducing length of hospital stay; and reducing the number of hospital readmissions.
What goes on during the sessions?
In each session, you will be taught how to monitor and progress your exercises safely, based on the goals set by your doctor and therapist. You will learn more about your own specific cardiac condition, and advice and education will be given for various treatment options, modification of risk factors, and advice on exercising at home.
What will I gain after the sessions?
You will gain a set of knowledge, specifically catered to your own body's condition needs. You will be able to determine the types of activities most suitable for your heart health maintenance.
To get the most benefits from cardiac rehabilitation, continue the habits and follow the skills you learned. This set of knowledge gained will improve overall quality of life.