Frequent Q & A

What is the patient population that is seen at CFI?

If you have had a heart attack or heart surgery or have heart disease, your doctor may recommend you join a cardiac rehabilitation program. Patients who have an implanted pacemaker or have had a heart transplant, those who have chronic heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, and other forms of cardiovascular disease can also benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. It is also useful for patients with congenital cardiovascular disease, who may or may not have undergone surgery.

What is included in the program?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a program of exercise, education and counseling designed to help you recover after a heart attack or other heart conditions. This personalized program will help you regain your strength, prevent your condition from getting worse and reduce your risk of having heart problems in the future. Before the patient gets started, they will have a full checkup, which may include tests such as an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) and a "stress test" (exercise electrocardiogram). These tests show how well their heart is working. This will help your team design an exercise program that is safe for you.

Who is on your team?

Our cardiac rehabilitation team includes physicians, registered nurses, exercise therapists, dieticians, and stress technicians. Psychological assistance is available through a referral process

What are the goals of this program?

Each participant is different, but we hope that participants will achieve one or all of the following common goals:

  • incorporate exercise into daily living
  • improve exercise capacity to feel healthier and stronger
  • have a better understanding of heart disease
  • make desirable lifestyle changes
  • Feel stronger and healthier
  • Increase their knowledge of cardiac care

What kinds of exercises are performed in cardiac rehabilitation?

The exercises will be focused mostly on improving cardiovascular function. Some of the cardiovascular exercises include walking, bicycling and use of weight equipment for resistance training. These aerobic activities are performed according to your fitness level and the advice of the exercise therapists. The intensity and duration of the exercises will be closely monitored our team.

How do I join your program?

You will need to be referred by your family physician or cardiologist. Referral forms are available at CFI and by requesting a form from staff.

What are the benefits of the CFI rehab program?

We want to get you started on the road to better health. Our program is life-long with no cost to participate. You can exercise at our facility under the watchful eye of staff or work with our exercise therapists to develop an exercise-at- home program. Being part of LHSC means

  • There are dedicated physicians directly involved
  • There is direct access to your health records on site
  • Level of monitoring and supervision on site
  • Your Cardiac history is accessible to supervising health care team on computer and there is direct access to your hospital records

Take the first step… see your doctor and get a referral to the Cardiac Fitness Institute.

Starting cardiac rehab can lower your chance of dying from heart disease and can help you stay out of the hospital. It may reduce your need for medicine.

Cardiac rehab may also help you to:

  • Have better overall health.
  • Lose weight or keep weight off.
  • Feel less depressed and more hopeful.
  • Have more energy and feel better about yourself.


Changing old habits is hard. But in cardiac rehab, patients get the support of experts who can help them make new healthy habits. And meeting other people who are in cardiac rehab can help them know that they are not alone.

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Last Updated March 27, 2018 | © 2007, LHSC, London Ontario Canada