Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Clinic

The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Clinic (CPRC) is an outpatient program designed to help you reduce your risk factors and prevent progression of the heart disease. The program includes counselling, education and exercises.

Who do we serve?

The CPRC is for adults 18 years of age and older and their families who are living with heart disease or are at risk of developing cardiac disease.

How do we help our patients?

We offer individual consultations, educational group sessions and exercise programs. Our goal is to help you return to your everyday life while achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A friend or a loved one may accompany you at the education sessions.

How to access our services?

Your family doctor or your healthcare provider must refer you to the clinic.

About The Program

The Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Clinic is divided into five sections

  • Section 1 – An initial one-hour assessment with the nurse.
  • Section 2 – Four education sessions to learn about heart disease and how to make healthy choices for your heart.
  • Section 3 – A supervised exercise program including strength, endurance and stretching, performed twice a week, for 12 weeks. A tailored unsupervised home exercise program is also available.
  • Section 4 – A medical consultation with our physician (optional).
  • Section 5 – A medical follow-up appointment after six months (optional).

What to bring

  • Valid Health Card
  • List of all your medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal medicine.

When you arrive

Individual consultations

  • Consultations are with a nurse, physician and exercise specialists.
  • Each visit can last from 60 to 90 minutes.
  • A follow-up appointment with the physician is recommended 6 months after being discharged from the program.

Group sessions – Learning to live well with cardiovascular disease

  • Educational session leaders are nurses, dietitians, kinesiologists, physiotherapists, a pharmacist and a mental health nurse.
  • The group session is divided into 4 workshops, presented on 4 consecutive Fridays, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Exercise programs

  • A 12-week program featuring supervised on-site, twice a week exercise sessions.
  • Brief Exercise Program – after an evaluation, a home exercise program is tailored to your needs. Exercise sessions are unsupervised.

Medical consultation (optional)

  • Assessment and/or evaluation of current cardiovascular and other medical problems.
  • Risk factor stratification and treatment.
  • This medical consultation is not meant to replace the medical follow-up with your family physician or cardiologist.
  • A medical follow-up appointment is recommended after 6 months.

The team

  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietician
  • Physiotherapists
  • Kinesiologist
  • Mental health nurse

The team works in collaboration with our cardiologists and family physicians.