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Clinical Review

Cardiac rehabilitation

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 29 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5000

Re: Cardiac rehabilitation

Nowhere in this article is the role of the 'carer' mentioned. My experience of looking after a close family member in the weeks following coronary bypass surgery is that - I don't exist. The surgery and post-operative period in hospital was excellent, and I was happy to let the cardiac team get on with their job. However, at no point from discharge onwards have I been informed of, or invited to participate in the rehabilitation program, nor has any professional asked how I am coping with the considerable burden of helping my husband recover. Indeed, the local rehab programme specifically states that I am not permitted to join in the exercise programme. I cannot believe that involving close family members directly, from discharge onwards could be anything other than beneficial? Both in terms of encouraging important lifestyle changes as a whole family - and in providing some crucial support to primary carers during the highly stressful recovery period.

Sally Macgregor

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 April 2016
Sally C Macgregor
28 Grove Road Fareham Hampshire