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​​​You can add years to your life by joining our Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program. We offer services at 2 locations within the University Health Network:

Each year, our program helps more than 2,000 people make long-lasting lifestyle changes that will help prevent a major heart event or reduce the risk of subsequent heart events. Our team of specialists is a leader in delivering cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention programs, offering one of the largest, most comprehensive outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs in North America.

Research shows that people who participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs after experiencing a major heart event cut their risk of dying from another cardiac event by as much as 50 per cent.

Whether you are at risk for developing heart disease, or if you have had a heart attack, heart surgery, or other heart event, we will work with you to develop your own personal program of exercise ​​​and education to help improve your cardiovascular strength and fitness, and reduce your chance of having a heart event or a subsequent one.

Your personalized program consists of exercise, education and one-on-one counseling that will last approximately 4 to 6 months and will be tailored to your needs and abilities. We will work closely with you to help you achieve your goals.

By actively participating in both your exercise and education program, by the end of your program you will be able to:

  • take charge of your medical condition and respond to changes in your health status
  • maintain an exercise program to improve your health and well-being
  • identify and develop strategies to improve your risk factors for heart disease
  • incorporate healthy food choices and practices to manage your health and well-being
  • identify and develop strategies to manage your psychosocial risks for heart disease and improve your well-being

Ask your doctor for a referral to our program if you have any of the following conditions:

  • heart attack
  • heart surgery
  • angioplasty
  • heart failure
  • congenital heart disease
  • other heart conditions, such as angina or pacemaker
  • other vascular conditions, such as stroke or peripheral arterial disease
  • high risk of heart disease, such as family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes
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