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DiR & the Hospital Clínic offer a free heart rehabilitation service Barcelona, Spain

  • The agreement was signed by Ramón Canela , General Director and Founder of DiR, and Dr. Josep M. Campistol , General Director of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona

The DiR Foundation and the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona have signed a collaboration agreement to provide a free rehabilitation service to patients with cardiac diseases being treated in the Catalan hospital. The purpose of the programme is to support the chronic lack of cardiac rehabilitation services following surgery. The Hospital Clínic de Barcelona is a well established university public hospital with a staff of 4,500 professionals.


The main objective of the programme is to ensure that people living with cardiovascular disease or those that have recently suffered a heart attack have the ideal physical, mental and social support that allows them to quickly return to their normal life.

The programme

The rehabilitation programme consists of three parts. The first part is when the patient is admitted; a second phase begins between six and eight weeks after hospital discharge and in which DiR is involved by providing the DiR Mallorca Club and its professionals in order to provide weekly training sessions. The third and final stage involves maintaining healthy life-long habits. 

This programmes fits with Dir’s mission is to improve people’s quality of life by encouraging everyone to practice and live a healthy lifestyle.

Project resources

The DiR Foundation provides space at DiR clubs and access to health and fitness professionals who work closely with staff from the Hospital Clínic.

Gymtopia Comment

Access to timely and adequate post-surgery rehabilitation is a challenge across many countries and can often undermine the great work of highly skilled surgical teams. For this reason, we are excited to see DiR make available its clubs and highly skilled health and fitness instructor community to support people as they attempt to return to a full and active life.

This is a recently launched pilot project so we look forward to further information regarding its results and impact.

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Location: Barcelona, Spain
Start date: March 2018
Status: Ongoing
Impact: Local
Submitted: 12 May 2018
Charity: Hospital Clínic de Barcelona