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 Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program

 
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This program was developed to provide support and education to patients and their family members after they have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease.
Participating in a rehabilitation program can lower your risk of dying, improve the symptoms related to your heart disease (for example, chest pain from angina), improve cholesterol levels, reduce your stress and improve your quality of life. Our comprehensive evaluation and assessment, counselling and education services can help you stop smoking, start exercising, get stronger and lead a healthier life overall.
This program offers:

  • Medical evaluation
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Cholesterol management
  • Pharmacy counseling
  • Heart health education
  • Stress management
  • Spouse and family support
  • Support to stop smoking
  • Personalized exercise assessment
  • Exercise plan developed just for you
  • Supervised exercise classes at University of Toronto Mississauga’s state-of-the-art fitness facility

The cardiac rehabilitation program has an inter-professional approach that will build upon the care you received while in the hospital. The cardiac rehabilitation team includes Cardiac Rehabilitation Therapists, a Clinical Pharmacist, a Medical Doctor, a Psychiatrist and a Registered Dietitian.

Who we Help

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

Location

Exercise facility:
Recreation, Athletic and Wellness Centre
University of Toronto Mississauga
1825 Outer Circle
Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6

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

Contact Information

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

Referrals

A referral from a doctor is required

Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation Program - Referral Form (7544 D HR)

Resources for Patients & Their Families

Exercise for Your Heart - The Beat Goes On

Trillium Health Partner’s has developed an exercise video for you to use at home. 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 video is 36 minutes long and begins with a warm-up, two options for resistance training, and finishes with a cool-down and stretching.

The idea for this video came right from the patients in 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.

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

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 4,500 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.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

Yes. Your doctor must refer you to the Program to ensure you are ready to participate. There are recommendations for appropriate times to begin rehabilitation depending on one or more of the following:

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

Is there a fee?

No, there is not a fee to join our program. 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 may be purchased from the their parking office in the Alumni House.

Do I need special equipment?

Yes, you will need some equipment. The equipment needed for the program is listed 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. ​