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Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme

Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme

Cardiac Rehabilitation, as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1964, is "the sum of activities required to ensure that cardiac patients have the best possible physical, mental and social conditions so that they may, by their own efforts, resume and maintain as normal a place as possible in the community."

A cardiac rehabilitation programme aims to do that, to guide and support our cardiac patients along their road to recovery so that they may add more years to their life and life to years.

You will benefit from this programme if you have had one of the following:

  • A heart attack
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) - Ballooning / Stenting
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
  • Valve surgery
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
  • Treatment for other heart conditions: 
    • Heart failure 
    • High risk coronary artery disease 
    • Post electrophysiology (EP)/device implantation


As risk factor and lifestyle modifications are important to successful cardiac rehabilitation, this programme offers medically supervised exercise programme, education and lifestyle modification aimed at providing patients with the information, motivation and support they need to adopt and maintain heart-healthy habits.

The goals of the programme are to limit the physiological effects of cardiac illness and to improve overall cardiovascular fitness and health.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme is a comprehensive programme, which consists of three components - Education, Counselling and Prescribed Exercise Training.

The 3 components of Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme


We provide information on the disease condition, treatment modalities, importance of risk factor modification and home advice. We conduct individual teaching as well as group teaching.


We provide constant support and advice to patients and their spouses or family members. Most patients and their families are struck with many uncertainties (e.g. fear of having another heart event, coping with lifestyles changes, worrying about hospital expenses or future follow-up cost). In the programme, there will be a team that will be present to guide patients through their road to recovery.  

Prescribed exercise training

Each patient will exercise based on his or her individualised calculated target heart rate in a progressive manner. Patients are also taught how to exercise safely. Maintaining a lifelong exercise routine is reinforced.

Heart Rehab gym at the NUHCS   

The Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme   

​During hospital stay
  • ​Lifestyle Modification Education
​6 and up to 36 sessions as per medical team recommendation
  • ​Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Educational Talks (in group session)
    • Healthy Eating
    • Doing Exercise the Right Way
    • Medication
    • Stress Management
    • Coping with Changes
    • Understanding Heart Artery Disease
  • Counselling
  • Healthy Lifestyle Maintenance

How do I join this programme?

A referral from your physician is required to participate in the programme. You will need to consult your cardiologist before starting this programme.

For more information, please contact the cardiac rehabilitation nurses:
Lai Shuet Ming - 67725563
Nancy Ooi Lean See / Ng Hsuen Nin - 67722497
Ong Mui Cheu - 67722436

Who are the members of the cardiac rehabilitation team?

They are a team of professionals from different disciplines, including cardiologists, physiotherapists, cardiac rehab nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, occupational therapists and social workers.

Where can I go upon completion of this programme?

After completion of outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programme in NUHCS, all cardiac rehabilitation participants should continue to join the lifelong maintenance exercise programme at the heart support group or community-based wellness centre.

1. Heart Support Group (NUHCS)

Caring Hearts Support Group: A voluntary initiative by patients of NUHCS. Membership is FREE!
For more information, please visit Support Groups & Programmes.

2. Community-Based Wellness Centre

2.1. Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF)

The SHF Heart Wellness Centre is an institution in Singapore, which runs a structured community-based cardiac rehabilitation programme. The Centre offers a variety of facilities, equipment and multidisciplinary healthcare expertise to assist patients with heart problems, providing them with support for life-long maintenance of their exercise habits and risk factor modification.

For more information, please visit the website at:

2.2. SHF (Singapore Heart Foundation) Heart Support Group

The Heart Support Group of the SHF Heart Wellness Centre provides peer support to heart patients and their families adjusting to life after a heart attack and motivation to maintain healthier lifestyles. It also acts as a platform for its members to mingle by regularly organising local and overseas outings (e.g. farm trips, nature walks) for its members and their families.

Contact: SHF-Isetan Foundation Heart Wellness Centre
Tel: 6354 9348 / 9370

Where can I learn life-saving skills in Singapore?

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) courses are available at National Resuscitation Council.

For more information, please visit the website at


Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme