Recovering from a heart event such as a heart attack can involve important lifestyle changes. One of the goals of the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program is to help you make those changes. Education is crucial to that goal. The more you know about your condition, your treatments, and the medications you’re taking, the easier it will be for you to take control of your heart health.

Education may be offered in person, virtually, or a combination of the two. We will provide you more information if you are accepted into the program.

What to Expect

  • Orientation – During this session, we’ll give you a basic overview of our Education program and what we want to help you accomplish.
  • Group Sessions – Every person’s journey is different, but most follow similar paths. Group sessions provide good general information by focusing on a different topic monthly. They are also a great way to meet and connect with others who know what you are experiencing.
  • One-on-One Sessions – You’ll meet with your team members including your social worker, registered kinesiologist, registered dietitian, and registered nurse to discuss your condition and treatment plan. They will also be able to answer questions you may have about rehabilitation, medications, treatment, or any other concerns you may have.
  • Virtual Rehabilitation – Your sessions may also involve “virtual” education and counselling sessions including by telephone, by videoconferencing through the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), and through online resources offered by the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program or our partners. Your team members will discuss these with you in more detail.

These sessions will help you understand:

  • Your own personal risk factors
  • How to reduce the risk of a future heart event
  • Your treatment plan including rehabilitation and medications

We recommend that you write down any questions you have as you think of them. Then, bring those questions to your orientation session or your one-on-one sessions. If your question is urgent, you can discuss it with your specialist or primary care provider such as your doctor.