The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program is located in Suite 201 (Second Floor) of the Medical Services Centre (1040 Oliver Road) at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, closest to Parking Lot I. MAP
The program also operates at 12 sites throughout Northwestern Ontario – click here to find the site closest to you.
Your first and best source of information about your health is your own primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner) or your specialist.
For general questions about the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program, please call the program directly at (807) 684-6780.
The term “aerobic exercises” literally means exercises that are designed to give your cardiovascular system a workout. These types of exercises get you breathing hard and get your heart pumping. Over time, this will have many health benefits including improving blood flow and in turn oxygen throughout the body. Your heart, lungs, and whole cardiovascular system will get stronger, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Aerobic exercise can also help you reduce the risk for many other chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
Our program follows the most up to date evidence based exercise guidelines for individuals living with cardiovascular disease to help keep them FITT:
It is important to warm up before exercise and cool down after. The exercise should not feel too hard, though if it’s too easy, you won’t be getting the full benefits. Over time, your goal should be to make your exercise routine more challenging (or “progress” your exercise routine) as you get into better shape. Find out more about how to progress your exercise routine.
IMPORTANT: During exercise, you should not experience signs and symptoms. If you do, stop exercising and call 911 immediately or the local emergency number in your area. Talk to your primary care provider or exercise specialist if you have questions about exercise.
For greater benefits, you should add muscle strengthening, flexibility, and balance exercises to your weekly routine. These types of exercises can increase muscle strength, improve bone health, and reduce the risk of falling so that you will find it easier to move around and do daily tasks.
Visit Cardiac College Resistance Training Exercises for a sample program. Talk to your primary care provider or exercise specialist before beginning a strength training program.
Stretching exercises include easy, pain free full range movements or static poses to increase flexibility. Improved flexibility reduces the risk of injury during other types of exercise (aerobic or resistance training) or activities of daily living.
Walking is an excellent aerobic exercise that can be done almost anywhere including in the neighbourhood or indoors such as at a mall if weather is an issue. Below is a sample walking program that you can start with and modify to meet your goals and abilities.
BORG, G. (1970) Perceived Exertion as an indicator of somatic stress.