Generally, the Heart Association’s rehabilitation courses, thematic courses and thrombosis rehabilitation are conducted in Finnish.

Rehabilitation Courses

Rehabilitation courses are either outpatient or inpatient courses. The course programme is a minimum of 24 sessions. The course can be undertaken in one go or in several parts. The course may include web-based sections.

The aim of the courses is to give people with cardiovascular disease and their loved ones information, skills and support to care for and provide support for the psychosocial survival of the patient and their family. During the rehabilitation course the activities undertaken together by the course group, including conversations and peer support, all play an important part.

Thematic Courses

Thematic Course is the term we use for short courses on a given theme. The courses are 3–16 sessions long. The courses aim to support people with cardiovascular disease, and their loved ones, in getting through daily life. They provide them with deeper knowledge and skills in the areas they need to make their treatment a success.

Thrombosis Rehabilitation

Thrombosis Rehabilitation (Tulppa-kuntoutus) is a group-form rehabilitation programme for any and all people who have had thrombosis or who run the risk of it, such as type 2 diabetics, stroke patients or patients with arteriosclerosis.

Thrombosis rehabilitation primarily aims at strengthening the rehabilitation of the participants. The group talks about factors that are connected to disease, recovery and treatment. The aim is to help the person in rehabilitation to identify key factors of their own health and wellbeing and find ways that help them in their daily life. In addition, the course aims to alleviate the fear and anxiety that often accompanies illness and to deal early with depression. The group setting provides resources for living with the disease. The group also offers peer support and the chance to meet others in the same situation.