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What to Expect

​​​​​​​​​Someone will call to give you a time for your first appointment at the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program​​.

What to Bring

  • List of all medications you are currently taking
    This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamin or mineral supplements and herbal remedies.

  • Medications that you need to take
    Appointments can take several hours. Bring with you any medications you normally take during the day.

  • Medical equipment
    Bring any medical equipment you use (walker, cane, etc.).

  • Record of any changes
    Make notes about any changes in your condition that you've noticed since your last visit or your discharge from the hospital. ​Please be prepared to discuss these changes with your medical team in our program. We encourage you to follow up with your personal physician about any changes in your condition.

  • A trusted friend or family member
    A friend or family member can give you emotional support and can help you make good choices. They can also help you gather information, take notes and ask questions.

  • List of doctors and hospitals
    Bring a list of doctors you have seen in the past and who may have information about your blood work and your health history. Also bring the names of the hospitals where you have been treated.

When You Arrive

The first person you will meet at the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program is the receptionist. Please check in with the receptionist and present your health card (OHIP card).

Please arrive 15 minutes before a scheduled appointment time. Please bring all paperwork that was mailed to you to this first appointment.​

Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire

You will be given a form to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have.

The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you chose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.​

How Long Will Your Appointment Be?

First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments.

Your first appointment can take up to 2 hours. Please wear or bring comfortable clothes (shorts, t-shirts, button-front blouse for women).​ During this visit, you will complete a 12 Lead Electrocardiogram (ECG), body composition measurement and meet with a program physician to assess your progress following your heart event.

Follow-up appointments usually take about an hour to 90 minutes.

We do our best to stay on time. Unfortunately, your appointment may be delayed by unforeseen circumstances. We recommend that you come prepared for delays.​

Before You Leave

At the end of your first appointment, you will book a day to return to complete your fitness assessment.

If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don't be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.​

About Phone Calls

We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre as we are helping other patients.

We make every effort to return your call. If we are not able to reach you directly – and you do not have an answering machine for us to leave a message – you may need to call us again.​