London Cardiac Fitness Institute Information for Patients

Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) teaches patients how to be more active and make lifestyle changes that can lead to a stronger heart and better health. Cardiac rehab can help patients feel better and reduce their risk of future heart problems.

At the Cardiac Fitness Institute, patients work with a team of health professionals. Often the team includes a doctor, a nurse specialist, a dietitian, an exercise therapist, and a physical therapist. The team designs a program just for patient, based on your health and goals. Then they give patient support to help them succeed.

People, who have had a heart attack, may be afraid to exercise. Or if they have never exercised, they may not know how to get started. The cardiac rehab team will help them start slowly and work up to a level that is good for their heart.

LHSC is proud to offer its own cardiac rehab/fitness program. Working with our rehab team, patients will learn how to:

  • Manage heart disease and problems such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Exercise safely.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Reduce stress and depression.
  • Get back to work sooner and safely.

Exercise is a big part of cardiac rehab. So 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. They will help your team design an exercise program that is safe for you.

At first, the CFI team will keep a close watch on how exercise affects their heart. As they get stronger, they will learn how to check their own heart rate when they exercise. By the end of rehab, they will be ready to continue an exercise program on their own or may chose to continue at CFI.

Patients may be part of a cardiac rehab group, but each person will follow his or her own plan.

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