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"Cardiac Rehab at the Angliss"

About: Angliss Hospital / Emergency Department Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (Angliss)

(as the patient),

I recently had a cardio event, Atrial Fibrillation, brought on by being very physically sick (vomiting, cold sweats, weakness). I did not think this was heart attack. I was taken to emergency where I was well cared for and a cardio reversal was performed to put the heart back in sinus rhythm. I was kept in overnight for obs and allowed to go home the next day. As this has happened (2 times) previously, I felt I had a good understanding of my situation and would recover quickly, as previously. My cardiologist planned for a cardiogram to be performed just as a safeguard but did not expect any problems, 2 years earlier my results were clear. This time they found a 90% blockage. Back in for a stent. I was visited by a cardio nurse who offered and recommended I attend a cardio rehab program. To be honest, I did not think I would benefit from this. I am 68, reasonably fit, non-smoker, not overweight, I have am still working and always worked through the problems thrown up at me (tough guy).

My wife (carebear) absolutely demanded I go on the program. I am really glad I did, instead of toughing it out with my emotions and recovery on my own. The staff have been fantastic, very caring, very patient and very informative. The value of mixing with a group of strangers who have all experienced such a life-changing event and being supportive of each other with group discussions and gym workouts where we have a chat an even a bit of humour, cannot be overstated. Both the gym time and the information sessions have been of great value in my recovery. I did not realise how sick I had actually been (denial). Many thanks to all the fantastic Cardio Rehab team at the Angliss. 1 session to go. Feeling better every day.


Response from David Plunkett, Chief Executive, Eastern Health 3 years ago
David Plunkett
Chief Executive,
Eastern Health
Submitted on 15/06/2018 at 10:08
Published on Care Opinion at 10:14

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Dear tough guy

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your experience both with your health situation and then participating in the Eastern Health Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Angliss Hospital.

The team do a terrific job to assist participants to improve their health and it is so pleasing to read you have experienced this as well. It will give me great pleasure to share your feedback with the team as this will again reinforce the impacts they make.

Take care and kind regards


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