Sessions will be available at the St Annes YMCA in St Albans Road on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the end of May, either by referral from a healthcare professional or by self-referral, and it is hoped to expand to other sites of the YMCA.
“We are delighted to be working with Heartbeat,” said a spokesperson for the Fylde Coast YMCA.
“This is a Lancashire-based charity which provides prevention, rehabilitation, support and education services to those who have suffered or are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, such as people who have had a heart attack, stroke/TIA, diabetes, heart bypass, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
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“Its aim is to help people make long-term progress with their health and offers a range of exercise programmes, which are fully supervised by specially trained instructors qualified by the British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation. “
Each person is assessed by Heartbeat before participating in one of its exercise programs.
The assessment takes the form of a treadmill test, with the aim of determining each person’s tolerance to exercise to ensure their safety and give them the confidence to participate in an exercise program.
Personalized support in terms of nutrition and mental health, helping people to improve their lifestyle, is also offered.
Details of how to get involved in the program are available from your healthcare professional or by Heartbeat direct on 01772 717147 or by visiting their website at heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk