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Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program

About the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program

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Location

The Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program offers services at 2 locations within UHN:

​​​​​​​​​​Toronto Western Hospital | map icon Maps & Directions
GoodLife Fitness Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Unit

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rumsey Centre | map icon Maps & Directions

Learn more about cardiac rehab at Rumsey Centre.


The Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at Toronto Western Hospital uses a 3-phased approach incorporating education, assessment and exercise into the program.

Phase 1: Education Day

The Education Day provides you with the tools needed to begin the journey into cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation. During this session, a number of educational discussions with the multidisciplinary team are completed to help you get started with the cardiac rehabilitation journey.

  • The risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • The role of nutrition and medications
  • How exercise is an important component in the journey to regain health and well-being

Phase 2: Intake Assessment Clinic
The Intake Assessment Clinic is located on the 5th floor of the East Wing at Toronto Western Hospital (inside the Nuclear Cardiology Clinic). A comprehensive assessment provides the health care team with the most up-to-date and relevant information about your diagnosis and treatments to date. During the one-on-one assessment, you will also complete a stress test to assess your cardiovascular fitness and to guide your exercise prescription.

Phase 3: Exercise and Education
The exercise and education component takes place on the 7th floor of the Fell Wing at Toronto Western Hospital. This phase is once per week for approximately 6 months.  You will be asked to carry out your own exercise program at home and keep a weekly exercise diary to help monitor your progress.  The interdisciplinary team works closely with participants to help them achieve their goals and progress their exercise throughout the program. ​

Hours & Contact

Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Gym Phone: 416 603 5200​​​​

What We Do

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Canada. A previous cardiovascular incident, puts you at risk for future problems and even an early death. Cardiovascular rehabilitation can reduce the odds of dying from another heart attack or stroke by 50%.

Building on an educational curriculum to assist in achieving health behaviour change, the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program is committed to helping you:

    • Take charge of your medical condition
    • Develop strategies to improve your risk factors for cardiovascular disease
    • Maintain an exercise program to improve your health and well being
    • Incorporate healthy food choices and practices to manage your health and well being
    • Develop strategies to manage your psychosocial risks for cardiovascular disease

The program will help you learn the skills to live and thrive with your cardiovascular condition. Using the Cardiac College as a framework for discussion and behaviour change, the program staff will work with you to meet your goals.

We take an approach that combines exercise and education to help you make changes to your lifestyle. You achieve your rehab goals with the help of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, exercise physiologists, kinesiologists, dietitians and pharmacists.

The program is geared to patients with the following diagnoses or who have had the following procedures:

  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Chronic stable angina
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Open-heart surgery, bypass surgery or valve surgery
  • Angioplasty (PCI)
  • Heart and/or heart and lung transplant (we also accept pre-transplant patients)
  • Stable heart failure

Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation at Toronto Western Hospital provides a 3-phased approach to your care. You will be offered a supervised exercise or home exercise program based on your level of risk (Phase 3).

A 6 month, 1 time per week exercise and education program where you will be progressed and provided with the tools necessary to understand and control your risk factors for cardiovascular disease is an important aspect of the program.

 Health Information

​The Patient & Family Education Program at UHN offers valuable resources to help you understand your condition.​


Visit our health information section.​​​