The Role of Physiotherapy in Maintaining a Healthy Heart


When it comes to heart health, we often think about medication, diet, and exercise as the primary pillars.  However, physiotherapy can be important in providing specialist advice and treatment programmes that will positively affect cardiovascular health.  It is important to prevent cardiovascular disease as this has a vast effect on body systems, and all organs will suffer if there is a problem with circulation.  Cardiovascular problems also contribute to premature aging.

The Heart of the Matter

As we navigate stress, sedentary lifestyles, and other cardiovascular risk factors, we must find a holistic approach to heart health.  This is where physiotherapy comes in, complementing medical treatments and enhancing the overall quality of cardiac care.

Physiotherapy’s role in heart health

Physiotherapy plays a pivotal role in cardiac rehabilitation.  It’s about retraining and conditioning the heart through tailored exercises and therapies . The aim is to recover and rebuild robust, resilient heart function and prevent complications with a proactive approach.  When we have become used to a sedentary lifestyle it is important to progress through graded exercise with supervision and expert support achieving graded improvements in stamina and strength without overloading the heart.

Looking after your Heart

Cardiac physiotherapy helps with improving circulation and boosting heart muscle efficiency.  interventions can reduce the risk of heart disease and improve recovery outcomes post-cardiac events.  They also focus on educating patients on heart-healthy habits and exercises that can be incorporated into daily life.  Breathing control and relaxation techniques can also be practiced and taught as these reduce blood pressure and reduce stress and anxiety, which are all detrimental to cardiac function.

Everyday tips for a Healthy Heart

Small daily changes can lead to significant heart health improvements.  Simple activities like walking, taking the stairs, or even seated leg exercises can be instrumental in keeping your heart rhythm steady and robust.

Types of Exercise to boost heart health

  • Aerobic exercise – this improves circulation, lowering the blood pressure and heart rate.  It improves the overall aerobic fitness and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Resistance training – this has a direct impact on body composition, reducing fat and inducing a leaner muscle mass.    A combination of aerobic and resistance work increasing good (HDL) cholesterol whilst reducing bad (LDL) cholesterol.
  • Stretching, flexibility and balance – helps us keep flexible and free from joint pain.  This is essential to allow us to perform aerobic and resistance exercises effectively.

Physiotherapists can help design the ideal exercise programme for your needs, starting with small, easy to achieve goals and stepping up until targets are achieved.


You can access physiotherapy services for heart health through Home Physio Group. These services are often part of a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program designed to support patients in all stages of heart health – from prevention to post-operative recovery.

The journey to a healthy heart isn’t just about what you avoid but also about what you embrace. By integrating physiotherapy into your heart health regimen, you’re taking a step towards recovery, longevity, and vitality.

Take charge of your heart health journey.  Talk to one of our physiotherapists by contacting us at 0330 335 1016, or please fill out our contact sheet, and we will get back to you.

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Why choose Home Physio Group?

We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you