Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program promotes optimal health, self-management and the active participation of patients with cardiovascular or pulmonary disease.

This outpatient program is designed to help you reduce your risk factors and prevent progression of the heart and lung disease through counselling, education and exercise.

Who do we serve?

Patients aged 18 years or older:

  • Diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease or who underwent a cardiac event, procedure or surgery, or
  • Diagnosed with a pulmonary disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis or pulmonary fibrosis.

How do we help our patients?

We offer consultations, individualized exercise programs and group education sessions to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve your individualized goals and improve your quality of life.

How to access our services?

  • Cardiovascular rehabilitation: You must have a referral from your family doctor or healthcare provider to book an appointment.
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation: We currently accept referrals from our respirologists only.

About The Program

Virtual appointments

Because of the pandemic, our services and activities are currently offered virtually by telephone or by videoconference.

  • When booking your appointment, we will give you information on the mode of communication.
  • If your appointment is by telephone, the health care professional will call you.
  • We use Epic-Zoom to conduct videoconferences. Epic is the hospital’s digital health information system, which also gives you access to your electronic medical record through MyChart.
  • Individual consultations are with a nurse or respiratory therapist and a physiotherapist.
  • Have a list of all your medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal medicine.

Components of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

  • Initial assessment for suitability of enrollment with the nurse of respiratory therapist.
  • Virtual exercise program
    • A personalized exercise program to suit your needs, at low, moderate or high intensity.
    • Follow-ups with a physiotherapist for a period of 8 to 12 weeks.
  • Virtual group education session (optional). One hour sessions are held once a week and cover the following topics:
    •  Cardiac anatomy and physiology
    • Cardiac risk factors
    • Cardiac medications
    • Importance of exercise
    • Nutrition
    • Stress and anxiety management
    • Pulmonary anatomy and physiology and what is COPD?
    • Pulmonary medications and home oxygen
    • Smoking cessation
    • Managing your breathing and energy conservation
  • Referrals to other services as needed.

The team

  • Nurse
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Social Worker
  • Clerk