The Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation Programme was established in 1994 and is located on the ground floor of the headquarters of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados. The programme is designed to assist persons who have had a cardiac event or stroke, or who are at risk, to achieve optimum health.
FAQs about CDP&R
Those who have or have had:
- Heart surgery
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Risk Factors for Heart Disease or Stroke
Weekly group sessions will teach you about the following as part of the services offered:
- Heart Disease
- Diabetes and Hypertension
- Cardiac Procedures
- Exercise and its benefits
The aim of the sessions is to help you to become more aware and to empower you to take responsibility for your life.
You are counselled by a certified nutritionist who examines your five day record of food intake and advises you on any adjustments you should make.
Your exercise is tailored to meet your need so that you do not have to compete with anyone. Trained staff work out the amount of exercise you need for a safe and effective workout. You do not have to worry about whether you are doing too much or too little.
You are closely monitored before, during and after exercise to ensure that your heart beat is regular and within the target heart rate and that your blood pressure remains within an acceptable range.
We encourage you to ask questions and voice any concerns you may have.
You will meet other persons with heart disease and stroke who you can learn from and be reassured by. There is an atmosphere of friendliness and togetherness that will encourage you.
Persons who serve in the programme include a Medical Director who is a family physician, Registered Nurses, a clinical exercise specialist and a nutritionist. However your doctor remains your medical caregiver.
In order to join the programme you need a doctor’s referral letter. Ask your physician, surgeon or cardiologist to refer you to the programme.
For a better and healthier lifestyle you must take charge of your life.