The regional cardiovascular rehabilitation service gets you on track to better heart health. This six-month program helps to improve your quality of life through supervised exercise, education and guided lifestyle change.
The regional service is available throughout Scarborough, Durham and beyond, at hospital and community sites closer to where you live and work.
CTV health reporter Pauline Chan sits down with our Regional Cardiovascular Rehab program to discuss the transition to increased virtual programming during COVID-19, and how we are continuing to expand access for those who need it
Who is Cardiovascular Rehab for?
The regional cardiovascular rehab service is not only important for patients with a cardiovascular disease, it is also a preventative program for anyone who is at high risk of developing a cardiovascular disease.
How the program works
The regional cardiovascular rehab service is a six-month program led by expert exercise therapists in consultation with dietitians, pharmacists and cardiologists. The program includes supervised exercise plans that are individualized for each patient, along with education classes, counseling and support.
Our weekly exercise classes are offered in the morning, afternoon or evening to fit your schedule. Classes are approximately 90 minutes long, and include: in class education on heart-health topics; warm-up exercises; strength training; aerobic exercise; and cool-down exercises.
During each class we supervise your exercise, review your cardiac risk factors and monitor your progress. We are here to motivate, support and encourage heart-healthy living.
Are you at risk?
You should attend this program if you have had any of the following:
- Heart attack
- Angina heart failure
- Cardiac arrhythmia,
- Cardiac procedures — including angioplasty (with stent), bypass surgery, pacemaker or ICD implant, heart transplant, and/or valve surgery
This program is also for you if you have three or more of the following risk factors for heart disease:
- History of smoking
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Depression, stress or anxiety
- Waist size greater than 102 cm for males, or greater than 88 cm for females
- Inactive lifestyle (less than 150 minutes of physical activity per week)
Our rehab sites
- Scarborough Health Network (SHN) – Centenary
- Toronto Pan-Am Sports Centre
- Complete Performance Center
- Pickering Soccer Centre
- Ajax Community Centre
- Abilities Centre
- Oshawa Civic Complex
- Delpark Homes Centre
- Bowmanville Indoor Soccer Complex
- Cobourg Community Centre
- YMCA Northumberland
- Scugog Community Recreation Centre
- Ross Memorial Hospital
- Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence
- Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre
- Hastings Field House
How to join
To participate in the program, you will need a referral from your physician, which can be faxed to 416-281-7280.
For questions or to learn more, please contact the regional program at 1-855-448-5471 or 416-281-7022.
Volunteering with the program
Our cardiovascular rehab service is supported by a team of outstanding volunteers — all whom were patients in the program themselves!
Becoming a cardiovascular rehab volunteer is a rewarding way to continue to be a part of the program that helped you to improve your own cardiovascular fitness. Volunteering with us can be fun and can motivate you to remain true to your ongoing cardiac fitness goals.
As a cardiovascular rehab volunteer you will support cardiovascular rehabilitation patients, family members and staff by providing a safe, friendly, environment that encourages our patients to follow their therapists’ prescriptions and improve their personal fitness. Your experience as a cardiovascular rehab patient will allow you to relate to patients in a more empathetic manner.
All cardiovascular rehab volunteers are asked to commit to one year of service. This does not mean that you are prohibited from periodic personal or business appointments that prevent you from attending your shift.
Cardiovascular rehab volunteers are asked to work one two to three hour shift per week. Our goal is to provide between two and four volunteers per shift depending upon class size.
Who we are looking for
In order to join our volunteer team, you must be:
- A graduate of the program and have the approval of your therapist
- Friendly without being intrusive, empathetic but firm and organized while remaining flexible in dynamic situations.
- Comfortable in a clinical setting
- Able to take direction from the therapists in your class
- Comfortable in a team environment, but able to work alone when necessary
If that sounds like you and you want to join our growing team, speak to your exercise therapist or please call 1-855-448-5471 or 416-281-7022. A member of the cardiovascular rehab program can put you in touch with a volunteer convener who can review where/when we could use your help; provide you with more details on the process and requirements for becoming a volunteer; and give you the necessary paperwork.