Rehabilitation for Heart Failure Patients

It is good to hear such a strong voice as NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) reinforce the need for rehabilitation of Chronic Heart Failure patients.

They say People with heart failure should be offered rehabilitation programmes when they leave hospital, including group exercise and psychological and educational support, says the UK’s health guidance body.
These improve quality of life and help people live with their conditions, reducing the need for costly hospital admissions.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) makes the recommendation in updated guidance on treating patients with chronic heart failure.

The guidance also says:

Rehabilitation programmes should be tailored to meet the specific needs of heart failure patients
New evidence shows exercise as part of cardiac rehabilitation does not put heart failure patients’ lives at greater risk
Patients should be checked to ensure they are stable and don’t have a condition or device that would prevent them doing exercise based rehabilitation programmes
Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “There are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK living with heart failure. The updated guidance, which is based on new evidence, recommends that many of these would benefit from cardiac rehabilitation.

“There is a challenge here for the health service as it needs to scale up the provision of cardiac rehab schemes.

“However, the prize is enabling more heart failure patients to take control of their condition and use precious NHS resources better by preventing costly readmissions to hospital.”

At the moment the investment in Heart failure rehabilitation services is just lip service and needs to be readdressed