"Cardiac Rehab Dewsbury"

About: Dewsbury & District Hospital

Following my Myocardial Infarction/Cardiac Arrest, I was booked into Cardio Rehab for 6 weeks, starting 6 weeks after my initial event. This was to take place at Dewsbury District Hospital, a location which I had plenty of criticisms of previously. First appearances were poor, with an (admittedly web-search) expected trip on a treadmill while connected to an ECG not happening, instead a 6-minute "walk test" was conducted which involved walking up and down a physio ward to work out the meters travelled, coupled with a "borg scale" reading of the effort undertaken within the 6 minutes. However the Nurses and Physiotherapists were very on-the-ball during the actual physio sessions, while at the same time making it a fun place to be and a fun experience overall. I did expect to be "tested" at some stage (eg, tested to the point where I knew my new limits of exertion), which appears to not be an option. I say "tested", the actual exercises are very tame for anyone who has built up to 30 minutes of continuous exercise per day, and as a result not what I expected. On the other hand, although I wasn't "tested", I was pushed for an hour (at least) in a lot of different exercises, along with warm-up and cool-down periods and BP/pulse when required. All that and in an environment that I would consider to be fun (along with fun nurses and physiotherapists). This is probably the best bet for follow-up CCU care that someone passing through a CCU ward could expect without getting specialist and/or individual rehab care. I found it ironic that the physio gym is on the first floor (up a flight of stairs) but they have a lift for members who aren't as capable as I am of running up them. This is characteristic of most hospitals though, as most of the heavy equipment (x-ray/MRI etc) tends to take up space on the ground floor. My only concern is that the Before/After profile that people going through Cardiac Rehab have to do won't show an improvement as I was already walking at full pace on the "before" test. a 6-minute walk test at the start and end of the 6-week treatment would be fine for most but I will have to run the walk test to beat my previous performance, which in my opinion means the expected scope of improvement won't cover my actual improvement. It might be beneficial to users, staff and results to record progress in a different way. Overall though, Cardio Rehab at DDH was as expected, but at the same time, fun and I would recommend anyone offered Cardio Rehab at DDH to drop their inhibitions and take the six-week course of exercise.

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