New Patient Support Programs at the ACHH

"Back on Track" - an online program to support patients' heart and mind

We have recently launched our cardiac patient online program – Back on Track – to support patients in their recovery after an acute cardiac event.

Back on track is a 4-session online program for people who have had a heart event. The program helps with both healthy lifestyle and managing mood.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO GET BACK ON TRACK PHYSICALLY?

After a heart attack, you are at increased risk of having a second heart attack. Managing lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of having another heart attack.

  • Regular physical activity improves your cardiac health and reduces your risk of another heart event
  • Having a varied diet of nutritious food helps you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your cardiac risk
  • Quitting smoking improves your cardiac health and increases your life expectancy

Back on Track with Healthy Lifestyle helps you:

  • Get started with regular physical activity and maintain healthy habits
  • Create a healthy eating plan and develop strategies for sticking to it
  • Quit smoking and prevent relapse.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO GET BACK ON TRACK EMOTIONALLY?

A heart event is an emotional experience, not just a physical one.

  • Having a range of strong feelings is common and normal after a heart event. These feelings generally pass with time.
  • However, 1 in 5 people will go on to develop depression after a heart event. Depression increases your risk of another heart event.
  • Managing anxiety and depression improves your quality of life and reduces your risk of another cardiac event.

Back on Track with Mood Management helps you understand and manage the normal emotional reactions to a cardiac event, the Cardiac Blues, and what to do if you think you are at risk of depression.

 

Back on Track was developed by our Health Psychology team with valuable input from cardiac patients and their families - to ensure that the program covered all the important areas to assist patients in making a full emotional and physical recovery after an acute cardiac event or diagnosis. The full program is designed to support heart and mind. 

 

 

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