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The Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program offers services at 2 locations within UHN:
Toronto Rehab – Rumsey Centre | Maps & Directions
Toronto Western Hospital | Maps & DirectionsGoodLife Fitness Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Unit
Learn more about cardiac rehab at the GoodLife Fitness Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Unit.
Monday – Wednesday8:00 am – 8:30 pm
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: 416 597 3422 ext. 5200
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:
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 combining exercise and education. The Cardiac College supports you in making the necessary changes to improve health behaviours for long-term change. The multidisciplinary team – physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, kinesiologists, dietitians, psychologists and social workers work together to support your rehabilitation journey. We have one of North America's largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular rehabilitation programs.
Learn more about outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs .
Find out how to get referred to any of these programs.
One-to-one counseling sessions with a psychologist or social worker are available (upon referral) to deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, anger and social and emotional issues.
One-to-one counseling with program registered dietitians will assist you to deal with issues related to healthy eating for your heart.
In group education sessions, a variety of topics will be discussed including:
Family members are encouraged to attend these education sessions.
Special evening lectures and workshops are available and focus on special concerns including:
Participants begin the program with a cardio-pulmonary exercise assessment. This measures their cardiovascular fitness. Based on the participant's needs, goals and fitness level, the team creates a personalized program of exercise and education.
Participants attend 1 supervised exercise class a week at our Rumsey site. The classes are offered during the day and evening, Monday to Friday. Each class has a warm-up and stretching routine, walking aerobics and resistance training (hand-held weights) and an interactive educational session. We also provide peer-to-peer support.
You'll be expected to carry out your own exercise program at home 4 more times a week and to keep a weekly diary to help you with your progress.
Exercise specialists work closely with participants to help them achieve their goals and progress their exercise throughout the program.
The program helps people with heart disease improve their cardiac health and fitness. It also helps them reduce their chance of future cardiac incidents through lasting lifestyle and
Cardiac College was developed specifically to help guide patients in developing positive and healthy behaviour to live and thrive with cardiovascular disease. Patients will learn skills to:
The program is designed for people with:
We offer a 6-month program of education and exercise that includes 1 session per week at Rumsey Centre.
Heart health is a lifelong commitment. To help graduates of our other cardiac rehab programs maintain their lifestyle changes, we offer a program called Heart Health for Life. This includes education sessions, exercise programs and volunteer peer support opportunities to help you stay connected to a heart-healthy lifestyle. The Take CHARGE education sessions are an opportunity for graduates and family members to stay connected and up to date.
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