Our service covers two main areas of care: Management of heart failure and Cardiac Rehabilitation.
We are a committed team of Cardiac Nurse Specialists, Physiotherapists, and Healthcare Support Workers aiming to provide an excellent Cardiac Service across the city of Leeds. We work in partnership with the Primary Care GP services, and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.
The service is provided at home (if the patient is housebound) or in a clinic setting. The number of contacts offered is based on individual need of the patient.
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart fails to pump blood around the body normally.
Heart failure does NOT mean that the heart has or is about to stop working. In most cases this is a chronic condition, meaning that it will not get better.
The hearts ability to pump can be affected in a few ways. In some people the heart muscle becomes weak; in some it becomes stiff and in others the heart muscle become 'baggy'. All of these affect how well the heart can work.
Heart failure often causes the body to retain excess fluid.
Our goal is to provide you and your family with support, reassurance and understanding of your heart condition, alongside the best treatments available.
You will be offered:
You may find the traffic light self-management tool helpful to guide you with the monitoring of your everyday symptoms.
If your condition deteriorates and you require intravenous diuretics (in place of water tablets) to help remove excess fluid, this may be delivered at home by the heart failure team as an alternative to hospital admission.
The heart failure service is able to provide tailored activity programmes to patients with heart failure and some patients may be suitable to attend a cardiac exercise programme.
The cardiac rehabilitation programme aims to help patients readjust to their lives once they have been discharged from hospital after a heart attack or heart surgery.
The cardiac rehabilitation team offer support with education and lifestyle advice through a series of home or clinic visits, depending on the need of the patient. The service also offers a class based education and exercise programme at local leisure centres around the city; the programme can run for up to six weeks dependent on the patient’s requirements. If a patient is unable to attend the class based exercise programme then they will be offered a 1-1 assessment by the Cardiac Physiotherapist to design an individual plan.
Patients who undergo an elective PCI (where a stent is fitted into the coronary artery) will also be followed up by the cardiac rehabilitation team and will be offered an appointment to discuss lifestyle issues in the community clinic and a place on the exercise programme.
Most referrals are organised via your GP or directly from the hospital following an admission. If you have any questions then please contact the Community Cardiac Service on 0113 8434200.
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