Cardiac Rehabilitation Explained: An In-Dept Guide to Understanding and Navigating Life After Heart Attack, Stenting, or Surgery


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  Cardiac Rehabilitation Explained is a must-read for anyone who has recently experienced a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, stenting, or cardiac surgery. This comprehensive guide not only explains the importance of cardiac rehabilitation, but also provides a thorough understanding of the causes of cardiac events, treatments available, and the steps individuals can take to recover or improve their cardiovascular health, thus also making Cardiac Rehabilitation Explained a powerful preventative tool for those who wish, at any age, to be proactive about their health.

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Cardiac Failure Rehabilitation is an invaluable resource for anyone who recently has undergone a cardiac event, such as a heart attack or heart surgery, and are looking to improve their cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of future cardiac events. The book educates readers on the causes and treatments of this condition while also providing a more personable perspective related to real-life patients' stories who have dealt with this heart disease themselves. Survivors of a cardiac event need specialised treatment and help to prevent further problems.

  • uses concise explanations in layman terms of the diagnosis, heart anatomy, and complex medical terms
  • takes you through a step-by-step pathway of care
  • includes decades of experience with cardiac failure patients synthesized into the most frequent questions and answers
  • gives daily life advice for managing cardiac rehabilitation 
  • clearly explains the common causes and symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
  • tells you which information to pay attention to during diagnosis and get the most out of your healthcare visits
  • provides you with the tools needed to manage heart rhythm and overcome complicated situations 
  • explains how to manage medication and it's side-effects
  • What about supplements and nutrition?
  • Your DIY rehab program for life


The purpose of cardiac rehabilitation (CR or rehab) is to equip and encourage people to live life to the fullest again after a cardiac diagnosis, or after the person has suffered a cardiac event or undergone a procedure.

Key to this is what is called ‘secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease’, the prevention of a ‘second’ event, especially of heart attack and stroke, through drug therapy, education, and counsellig.

Evidence of benefits from rehab is robust and has been demonstrated reliably around the world. As well as helping keep a coronary heart disease patient alive longer, rehab

  • reduces the number of hospital re-admissions the person might experience,
  • improves the person’s functional capacity, which impacts
    • the person’s quality of life and
    • financial considerations such as return to work


This book is for you, if you:


  • Want to become educated about cardiac rehabilitation, a condition that affects you or someone you love.
  • Want to make better decisions about your recovery
  • Want to take control of your diagnosis and improve your quality of life
  • Desire to feel hope for new beginnings, even after diagnosis
  • Are a doctor looking to recommend informative and contemporary solutions to your patients
  • Want to feel mentally and emotionally supported


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About the Authors



Dr Warrick Bishop is a practising practicing cardiologist, best-selling author and keynote speaker, whose ‘why’ is to help people live as well as possible for as long as possible.

Dr Bishop graduated from the University of Tasmania’s School of Medicine in 1988, before completing his advanced training in cardiology, also in Hobart. He is a Fellow of, and accredited examiner with, the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

Dr Bishop is the author of the books Know Your Real Risk of Heart Attack, Have You Planned Your Heart Attack?, Atrial Fibrillation Explained and Cardiac Failure Explained, and the founder and CEO of the Healthy Heart Network.


Dr Alistair Begg is an experienced cardiologist with expertise in cardiac imaging, coronary artery disease investigation and management, and a particular interest in cardiac rehabilitation. He practices with a privately owned and operated specialist cardiology group in South Australia.

Dr Begg graduated in Medicine from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, in 1989, before commencing his cardiology training at Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia. During his post-fellowship study in Sydney, Dr Begg specialised in cardiac imaging. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. He thrives on his ability to detect and treat cardiac conditions and enjoys being actively involved in current research, which keeps him abreast of evolving treatments and techniques.

This book is his first collaborative publishing venture. 



St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales

Clinical Medical School at St Vincent’s Hospital,
the University of Notre Dame

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons


The concept of ‘holding someone’s heart in your hands’ has enthralled many surgeons and physicians for decades, if not centuries.

Restoring blood flow and creating new pathways for blood to travel are amazing medical advances and often profoundly life-altering for patients. These advanced techniques of revascularisation and treatment, however, are merely the first step in a patient’s journey back to health and a desirable quality of life. Without a pathway to recover, heal and rebuild, the benefits of surgery and stenting are harder to achieve, difficult to realise and maybe even beyond reach.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Explained is a guide for those patients who entrust us with their lives and, of course, their hearts. When my patients nervously sign the form to consent for major surgery, they want to not only know that the plumbing will be good but also that there is a path back to life, exercise, work, and their families.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Explained is there for these patients.

Many questions are asked prior to the operation, but even more come afterwards as the nerves settle and the ‘light switches on at the end of the recovery tunnel’. This book is an excellent reference point for cardiac patients, answering all those questions that are remembered in the middle of the night whilst machines go ‘beep’ and blood pressure cuffs inflate.

What's in the book?


GETTING BACK TO BASICS: understanding the heart

  • a finely tuned pump
  • an electrical masterpiece
  • the ‘heart’ of the matter
  • the clock is ticking
  • risk factors


  • pathway of care
  • are you prepared to change?
  • an arsenal of highly effective drugs
  • taking medications
  • what about supplements?
  • nutrition for life
  • exercise
  • when can I?
  • life after a cardiac event
  • maintenance and prevention
  • rehab for life

Your Survival Game Plan


Australian cardiac rehabilitation specialist Dr Alistair Begg says that rehab is incredibly important not only for the patient but those closely associated with the person.

“Cardiac rehabilitation is the whole process that picks up the pieces after a cardiac event. Someone has had a heart attack or comes into the hospital for an operation, and that person has received the initial treatment. Cardiac rehabilitation involves the full support and education and the physical, mental and social conditioning that occurs after that event. Cardiac rehabilitation takes the patient through the whole journey after the initial visit to the hospital or the cardiac event. It is a complex and multi- faceted journey.”

Dr Begg said that cardiologists were ideally placed to help ‘pick up the pieces’.

“Not only do cardiologists deliver the acute treatment, but they can also supervise the longer-term recovery process. Using our knowledge, we are able to

  • educate patients
  • reassure them
  • guide them into the areas they need to work on, and
  • coordinate the involvement of the range of allied health professionals required, such as
    • nurses
    • dietitians
    • nutritionists
    • exercise professionals, and
    • mental health practitioners.”

He said that in picking up the pieces for a shell-shocked patient, the cardiologist needed to look at why the person had reached that state of health and what the patient was now required to do to prevent a future event. The question, Why me? also often needed addressing. As well as giving the patient some answers, it could be helpful for the medical team as a clue to prevention.

“When something happens, particularly when it’s out of the blue, the first question the person asks is: Why me? Cardiac rehabilitation and its education about the risk factors often give a very good clue as to why the patient has developed that particular condition in the first place. Not only is that helpful for the patients as it gives them answers, but it’s also very helpful for the medical team because if you can track down why something’s happened in the first place, you’re much more likely to prevent it happening again.”


A cardiac event is not a planned occurrence in a person’s life. It comes ‘out of the blue’, like a car accident or some other form of unexpected trauma. People who survive a cardiac event need specialised treatment and professionals around them who understand what they’ve been through and what the new journey of life might hold.

A significant part of this unexpected turn is looking to the future to try to prevent more problems, future-proofing the person from another heart attack, further surgery, cardiac failure, or other heart problem – in other words, from cardiovascular disease (CVD).

The term, cardiovascular disease, covers several conditions associated with the heart and blood vessels and most commonly includes coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke.


Even in this era of COVID pandemic, CVD is the most common cause of death in the world and remains one of the most common causes of hospitalisations in the western world. Globally, it claims an estimated 17.79 million lives a year, about 31 per cent of all deaths.

The World Health Organisation says that four out of five CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, and one-third of these deaths occur prematurely in people under 70 years of age.

Using Australian statistics,

  • one Australian dies of CVD every 12 minutes
  • about 50,000 Australians die of heart disease each year
  • CVD affects about one in six Australians and two out of three families.

Most people would have a friend or a relative who has cardiovascular disease. Many of the premature deaths are preventable.


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Expert Interviews



Alistair Begg, cardiologist, rehabilitation specialist

a cardiologist with a special interest in rehabilitation who initially headed me in this direction and then provided valuable assistance and insight into the material of the book itself.


Angela Hartley, cardiac rehabilitation services provider

a cardiac rehabilitation nurse who trained as a cardiac nurse in Australia and now runs a cardiac rehabilitation service in the United Kingdom.


Ashutosh Hardikar, cardiothoracic surgeon

who has a particular interest in cardiac rehabilitation, and is based at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, Australia.



Ralf Ilchef, liaison psychiatrist

the Director of Liaison Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.


Robert Zecchin, cardiac rehabilitation clinician-researcher

president of the Australian Cardiovascular Health & Rehabilitation Association (NSW/ACT) and the recipient of the ACRA Alan Goble Distinguished Service Award in 2021.



Patient Interviews



Brian, patient and surfer

who turned 60 (mid-2020), is married with two young adult children. Born on Flinders Island, a small island in Bass Strait between Tasmania and mainland Australia, he has lived a physical, outdoors, manual labouring life.


Darren Lehmann, cricketer

a star in the annals of Australian cricket who was capped 27 times as a Test player (a free-scoring, top-order, left-hander). Darren also played 117 One Day Internationals, is a two-time World Cup winner, and, as a top-flight cricket coach saw his country to Ashes series wins in 2013-14 and 2017-18.


Greg Page, entertainer

an Australian singer, musician, and actor who was a founding member, the lead singer and the original Yellow Wiggle in the internationally successful phenomenon, The Wiggles, an Australian children’s entertainment band.




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Must-read for anyone who has recently experienced a cardiac event

"Doctor Warrick Bishop has dedicated several decades to preventative cardiology and improving the quality of life for his patients."

Detailed Comprehensive Guide

Cardiac Rehabilitation Explained is a must-read for anyone who has recently experienced a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, stenting, or cardiac surgery. This comprehensive guide not only explains the importance of cardiac rehabilitation, but also provides a deep understanding of the causes of cardiac events, the treatments available, and the steps individuals can take to recover and improve their cardiovascular health. Through a combination of expert insights and real-life stories, readers will learn about the different stages of recovery, including the initial hospital stay, the transition to rehabilitation, and the ongoing management of cardiovascular health. The book also covers the challenges that individuals may face during this journey and offers strategies for overcoming them. In addition to providing practical information, Cardiac Rehabilitation Explained also helps readers understand the emotional and psychological impact of a cardiac event and offers guidance on how to cope with these challenges. Whether you are just starting your rehabilitation journey or are looking to manage your cardiovascular health in the long term, this book is an essential resource for anyone seeking to live a healthy, active life after a cardiac event.

Get a copy of the Cardiac Failure Explained today:

  • Comprehensive explanations in everyday language on understanding and navigating life after heart attack, stenting, or surgery
  • Learn more about cardiac rehabilitation and its long-term, life-enhancing benefits
  • If you suffer from any form of cardiovascular disease, and want to live as full and healthy a life as possible – or know a family member or a close friend who is in this situation
  • If you want a book that you can recommend to your patients, family or friends
  • Real patient experiences and insights from other people who live with cardiac issues daily


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