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With a healthy heart,
the beat goes on....

Our Cardiac physiotherapy program is aimed at helping heart patients get back on their feet, physically and emotionally, through exercise, education and support.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Overview

 

Our cardiac rehabilitation program is a bespoke program of exercise and education. This program is designed to help the patient improve their health and recover from a heart attack, other forms of heart disease or surgery.

Cardiac rehabilitation involves exercise training, emotional support and education about lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of heart disease, such as eating a heart-healthy diet, keeping a healthy weight and quitting smoking.

The goals of cardiac rehabilitation include establishing an individualized plan to help the patient regain strength, preventing the condition from worsening, reducing the risk of future heart problems, and improving the health and quality of life.

Why it's done

Cardiac rehabilitation is essential in many forms of heart disease, particularly in the following conditions:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Certain congenital heart diseases
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty and stents
  • Heart or lung transplant
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Cardiac rehabilitation includes:

  • Medical evaluation.Our team will perform an initial evaluation to check the physical abilities, medical limitations and other conditions. Ongoing evaluations help us keep track of the patient’s progress over time and help us tailor a cardiac rehabilitation program to meet the individual needs.
  • Physical activity.Cardiac rehabilitation can improve cardiovascular fitness through physical activity. We will begin with physiotherapy sessions and low impact activities that have a lower risk of injury, such as walking, cycling, jogging and other activities, usually at least three times a week. Eventually the treatment program will progress to facilitate muscle-strengthening exercises, such as lifting weights or other resistance training exercises, two or three times a week to increase your muscular fitness.
  • Lifestyle education.The patient will receive support and education on making healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a heart-healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking.
  • Adjusting to a serious health problem often takes time. Patients may feel depressed or anxious, lose touch with their social support system, or have to stop working for several weeks. Depression can make the cardiac rehab program more difficult, and it can impact  relationships and other areas of life and health. Our counsellors help the patient learn healthy ways to cope with depression and other feelings.