Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

The cardiovascular rehabilitation outpatient centre offers a rehabilitation programme which fulfils the quality requirements defined by the Swiss Working Group for Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (‘groupe suisse de travail pour la réadaptation cardiovasculaire’, G.S.R.C.).

It opened on 20 April 2009, as a result of the united efforts of the Clinique Romande de Réadaptation (CRR) and of the Cardiology Department of the CHVR  to restructure the existing cardiovascular rehabilitation outpatient programme. 

Who is this programme aimed at?

Any individual may follow a cardiovascular rehabilitation programme in our centre if one of the following criteria applies:

  • Coronary disease with or without cardiac arrest
  • Coronary bypass or coronary dilatation
  • Interventions involving the heart or the major blood vessels (cardiac valves, aortic prostheses)
  • Diseases of the myocardium with cardiac insufficiency
  • Peripheral circulatory disturbances
  • Cerebrovascular accident with mild consequences
  • Putting in place of an implantable heart defibrillator
  • Multiple cardiovascular risk factors (diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, insufficient physical activity, smoking, stress, obesity) requiring cardiovascular prevention measures

What are its aims?

    • To restore the individual to the best possible physical, psychological and social condition, allowing him/her to lead as normal a life as possible and to find his/her place in society again as soon as possible
    • To regain confidence
    • To help you find your limits
    • To help you control your disease by adopting behaviour patterns that are favourable to your health

    Which rehabilitation programme is the right one for me?

    The cardiovascular rehabilitation programme takes place over 10 weeks, with 3 half day sessions a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).

    It includes 5 groups with different levels of intensity, as well as specific modules focused on stress management and on individuals suffering from a peripheral arterial disease.                          
    The recommended physical activities are varied and adapted to the specific needs of each individual, based on his/her state of health and progress.

    Cardiovascular prevention classes are given in an interactive manner, in order to allow for certain habits to change and ensure that sustainable behaviour patterns change in a way that is beneficial to patients’ health.

    Medical Services

    At the start and at the end of rehabilitation, the individual is sent to the cardiology department doctor to undergo a medical-technical entry and exit assessment, which includes :

    • Medical history
    • Clinical – laboratory examination
    • ECG, stress test
    • Report on risk factors

    A medical rehabilitation end report is sent to the referring doctor and to any other doctors involved.

    The Medical and Paramedical Team

    The team is headed by Dr Grégoire Girod, medical director, and by Mr Jérôme De Bast, coordinator, and consists of 4 cardiologists, 4 angiologists, 1 neurologist, 8 physiotherapists specialized in cardiovascular rehabilitation, 2 adapted physical activity teachers (APA), 7 nurses, 2 psychiatrists, 4 psychologists, one dietician, and 1 clinical chemist.

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