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Heart procedures and devices

If you have a heart condition, your doctor may recommend treatment or procedures

The information below will help you understand the treatments or procedures that may be recommended to you. 

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What is cardiac rehab?

What is cardiac rehab?

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Find a cardiac rehabilitation service near you

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Driving and travelling after a heart attack

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Davina overcomes the shock of a lifetime to recover from a traumatic heart story

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Diabetes action plan

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Fundraise to save Australian hearts

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