The Heart Manual Programme (NHS Lothian) is the UK's leading home based supported self management programme for individuals recovering from acute Myocardial Infarction and/or Revascularisation. Since its implementation​, many published studies have accumulated evidence on its effectiveness. The Heart Manual is the most widely investigated, validated and recommended programme for an increasing number of patients and health authorities.

It is the only programme that has been evidenced by three Randomized Control Trials (RCTs).  Evidence of this calibre should never be overlooked as it establishes a standard of excellence and quality that many other programmes have yet to reach.  Used by numerous health boards throughout the UK and as far afield as Canada and Singapore, the programme meets the needs of 14,000 individuals and their families every year.

With two cardiac programmes to choose from; an MI or a Revascularisation format, there is something to suit everyone.  Both are facilitated by specially trained clinicians to enable patients to understand and help manage their long term condition - all supported by an NHS established infrastructure.

As an NHS resource since 1992 the Heart Manual programme has evolved through updated​ editions, reprints, accumulated evidence and international publications to its most recent development, the Digital Format ​(2015).


The Heart Manual cardiac rehabilitation programme has been scientifically shown to bring significant benefits to large number of users, but no guarantee can be given that following the programme will benefit any particular individual.  All the advice and guidance contained in the Manual is based on the findings of medical practice and research current at the date of publication, but no guarantee can be given that statements made in the Manual will not be contradicted by subsequent opinion and knowledge.​​​​​​​​​​​​​