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The cardiac rehabilitation programs at the Credit Valley Hospital and Queensway Health Centre locations have now merged. Our exercise facility is now on the track at the Recreation, Athletic and Wellness Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga, located at 1825 Outer Circle, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6.

This program was developed to provide support and education to patients and their family members after they have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease.

Cardiac rehabilitation offers the following services:

  • Medical evaluation
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Cholesterol management
  • Pharmacy counseling
  • Heart health education
  • Stress management
  • Spouse and family support
  • Smoking cessation
  • Individualized exercise assessment
  • Individualized exercise plan
  • Supervised exercise classes

The cardiac rehabilitation program has an interprofessional approach that will build upon the care you received while in the hospital. The cardiac rehabilitation team includes the following care providers:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Therapists
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Psychiatrist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • and most importantly, YOU and your family!

The benefits of participating in a cardiac rehabilitation program have been well documented. They include:

  • Reduction in mortality (death)
  • Improvement in symptoms related to heart disease (e.g. angina)
  • Improvement in cholesterol levels
  • Improvement in psychosocial well-being
  • Reduction in stress level
  • Reduction in cigarette smoking
  • Improvement in exercise tolerance
  • Improvement in strength and resistance training
  • Improvement in flexibility
  • Improvement in quality of life

Frequently Asked Questions About Cardiac Rehabilitation

Is it safe?

Yes, cardiac rehabilitation programs are very safe! More than three dozen scientifically designed studies (including more than 4500 patients with heart disease) of cardiac rehabilitation exercise training programs have not shown an increase in the rate of illness or death when compared to those patients that do not participate in such a program. One thing is for sure; however, those patients who did not participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program did not gain from the known benefits of being in such a program as outlined above.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

Yes. It is necessary to have your doctor refer you to the Program to ensure you are ready to participate. There are recommendations for appropriate times to begin cardiac rehabilitation depending on one or more of the following:

  • Your own health history
  • What cardiac procedure you had
  • The length of time since you were discharged from the hospital
  • How your recovery phase has been
  • How you are feeling

Referral criteria for Trillium’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program:

Adults 18 years and older with any one or a combination of the following within the last year may be referred to our program:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Angioplasty
  • Heart Attack
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Device Implant
  • Heart Failure

How soon can I join?

Generally, if you have had one of the following you could join a cardiac rehabilitation program between 2 –8 weeks: In order to gain benefit from the program, you must give priority to regular attendance.

Is there a fee?

No, there is not a fee to join our program; however, you will be required to purchase a participant manual. You purchase this at your intake appointment.

You are responsible for parking costs.

Parking vouchers may be purchased from the parking attendant at the Trillium Health Partners – Queensway and Mississauga locations and can be used at both sites.

Parking passes for the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) may be purchased from the UTM parking office in the Alumni House.

Do I need special equipment?

The equipment required for the program is in the participant manual. Once you purchase your participant manual, you will be responsible for bringing your stopwatch and lap counter to each exercise session. We request that you wear running shoes and exercise clothing while exercising.

Where do I go?

Trillium’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program’s main exercise facility is at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) at Dundas and Mississauga Rd in the Recreation, Athletic and Wellness Centre.  The address is 1825 Outer Circle, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6.

Medical and administrative offices for Trillium’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program are on the 5th Floor of Trillium Health Partners – Queensway Health Centre. The address is 150 Sherway Drive, Toronto, ON M9C 1A5.


We look forward to continuing to provide the high quality of service you and your family received as an inpatient while you are traveling the ‘road to recovery’.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation program at:

Telephone: (416) 521-4068
Fax: (416) 521-4073

Main office:
Trillium Health Partners
Queensway Health Centre
150 Sherway Dr. 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M9C 1A5



Cardiac Rehab and our Community Partner

A heart-felt partnership

Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation Centre
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Judy McFarlane exercises at UTM's gym following her heart surgery. The Trillium Health Partners - UTM partnership has greatly improved her quality of life.

Doctors advised Judy McFarlane to take up walking after her heart surgery. Starting an exercise program alone seemed daunting so she joined Queensway Health Centre's Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation Centre, now called the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program.

The cardiac rehab staff develop exercise routines for each patient and provide education on keeping heart healthy. "With the cardiac rehab team watching over me, I felt safe and reassured I was exercising correctly," says Judy.

Now patients can exercise at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) state-of-the-art fitness facility. This Trillium Health Partners - UTM partnership has changed Judy's quality of life. "I never would have begun exercising on my own," says Judy. "Both my husband and I purchased gym memberships to UTM."

For more information on the Trillium’s cardiac rehab program, call 905.848.7580, ext. 4068.

For a UTM gym membership, call 905.828.3714.

Exercise For Your Heart- The Beat Goes On

Trillium Health Partner’s Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program developed an exercise video for patients to use at home entitled 'Exercise For Your Heart - The Beat Goes On'. This resistance training exercise video is specifically designed for cardiac patients or seniors, but is applicable to anyone embarking on a new exercise routine. The video is safe, comprehensive and easy to follow. It features two options for resistance training - Free Weights (dumbbells) and Exercise Tubing.

The exercise video is just over 36 minutes in length and begins with a warm-up, two options for resistance training, and finishes with a cool-down, stretching out all muscles used in the video.

The idea for this video came right form the patients in the Trillium’s cardiac rehab program. Resistance training is vital and not always something patients feel comfortable doing at home on their own. This video allows patients to exercise in their home with the company of video instruction.

The feedback from patients has been overwhelmingly positive.

To Purchase: The Exercise For Your Heart video can be purchased in both DVD and VHS format from Queensway Health Centre for only $19.95.

To purchase or for more information about this video, please call Michelle Johnson, Clinical Leader, Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, at (416) 259-7580 ext. 5431.