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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Heart Health for life LogoApproximately 1,800 people graduate from UHN's Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at Rumsey Centre each year.

Heart Health for Life is an innovative program that offers our graduates a variety of programs, services and resources to help them when they transition from their formal rehabilitation program to managing their heart health independently.  

You can take part in Heart Health for Life if you have completed a cardiac, stroke, diabetes, heart failure or breast cancer program through the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program.

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Heart Health for Life is designed to:​

  • ​Support and motivate you to continue your heart-healthy lifestyle
  • Invite you to join a vibrant community of graduates and their family members and supporters to help you broaden your support networks
  • Provide opportunities for you to stay involved with Toronto Rehab as a volunteer, ambassador, advisor or champion of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program

 


You can choose from a range of programs and services to determine which are right for you:

  • ​​Pulse Check
  • Staying on Track
  • Take C.H.A.R.G.E.
  • Peer Support Groups and Yoga Program for Alumni
  • Heart Wise Exercise Program
  • Heart Health for Life Champions
  • Community Resource List​

  • Pulse Check

    Pulse Check invites you to return each year for a free annual fitness assessment. This assessment includes cardiopulmonary fitness testing, adjustments to your exercise prescription and other useful guidance to help you maintain good cardiac health. To boo​​​k your Pulse Check appointment, download and fill in the pdf icon​ Pulse Check Referral Form. Your family doctor will also need to complete the referring physician information on the form and provide results of any recent cardiac assessments, a recent 12 lead ECG and a copy of your most recent bloodwork results showing your cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

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    Please note that Pulse Check is not intended for people who have had another cardiac event since graduating from their formal rehabilitation program. If you have had any new or significant health concerns since you completed your rehab program, please call us at 416 597 3422 ext. 5200 to discuss if Pulse Check is appropriate for you at this time.

    Staying on Track

    Staying on Track offers drop-in exercise sessions if you wish to continue your weekly exercise routine at Toronto Rehab's Rumsey Centre. There is a fee for this program, and you can prepay for up to a year or pay as you go. Sessions are offered twice a week: Monday morning (8:30 am – 10:00 am) and Tuesday evening (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm). Download thepdf icon Staying on Track flyer​ for more details.

    Take C.H.A.R.G.E.

    Take C.H.A.R.G.E. is a monthly education series for you and family or supporters, and is offered at a nominal fee. It aims to empower you with knowledge and encourage community-building among our graduates. Experts from Toronto Rehab and other guest speakers from the health care community give informative lectures. Social events include a Holiday Feast in December and Summer BBQ in June. To learn more about the series or register, download thepdf icon Take CH.A.R.G.E. flyer​,pdf icon series schedule and pdf icon registration form.​​​

    Peer Support Groups and Yoga Program for Alumni

    Our Peer Support Groups invite you to meet with your peers on a monthly basis to support each other in maintaining your healthy lifestyles. Our Yoga Program for Alumni is a monthly community-building yoga series, and is offered at a modest fee. Our gentle chair yoga and mat yoga classes are designed specifically to meet the needs of cardiac rehab graduates. For more information, download the pdf icon Peer Support flyer and/or pdf icon the yog​a series schedule.

    Heart Wise Exercise Program

    Heart Wise Exercise Program helps you transition from your formal rehabilitation program to fitness programs available in your community. The Heart Wise symbol identifies exercise programs that are safe and suitable for participants with heart disease. Classes are offered at a number of our community partners throughout Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. For more information and program locations, visit the Heart Wise Exercise Program website​.

    Heart Health for Life Champions

    We believe that our graduates are our greatest champions. Heart Health for Life Champions is an alumni volunteer program that invites you to stay involved with the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program. Volunteering can also help you stay motivated to maintain your health as you support other participants in their rehab journeys. A variety of volunteer roles are available, including peer support, graduate ambassadors, exercise class support and administrative support. To learn how to become a volunteer or download a volunteer application, go to Volunteer Resources at Toronto Rehab​.

    Community Resource List