Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre

Cardiac rehabilitation aims to optimize and maintain the cardiovascular health of our participants by focusing on their physical, psychosocial, and nutritional health. This is achieved through individualized assessment and identification of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Our team uses this information to develop a personalized program for you that will teach you how to lower your risk of developing or advancing heart disease. We help you set personal goals and develop an action plan that is focused on making changes to your lifestyle and developing healthy habits that will improve your overall health and well-being. We consider you a part of the team and are here to provide guidance, support, and encouragement during your rehabilitation. By the time you graduate from the program, we want you to feel empowered and motivated to continue living a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) is staffed by a team that includes a cardiologist, a registered nurse, registered physiotherapists, a registered dietitian, and a registered social worker. This team helps you work towards achieving your best cardiovascular health based on your individual risk factors for heart disease and how to manage them.

Canceling Appointments

*Please leave a phone message with your name, phone number, and the appointment you need to cancel if you are unable to speak with us directly over the phone.

Blood Work

If you are unable to get your blood work completed on any of the dates provided by our nurse, please call us at (613) 544-3400 extension 3123. The blood work needs to be completed prior to meeting the team. If you are unable to complete your blood work in the timeline provided by our nurse, your other appointments will need to be rebooked by our secretary.

Treadmill Stress Test

If you are unable to attend your treadmill stress test appointment on the date that was scheduled by our secretary, please call us at (613) 544-3400 extension 3123 as soon as possible. Advanced notice is appreciated to allow for someone else to be booked in that time slot. The secretary will need to notify staff in another department who will also be affected by the cancellation. Our secretary will schedule a new appointment for you. Please note that the stress tests are extremely difficult to rebook due to high demand.

Initial Assessment (Assessments with the Cardiologist, Nurse, and Physiotherapist)

If you need to cancel your initial assessment, please call our secretary at (613) 544-3400 extension 3123 as soon as you are able. Advanced notification is appreciated so we can offer this time to someone else who is on our waiting list. Due to having clinics booked weeks in advance, you may have to wait several weeks before we are able to book you into the next available date.

Exercise Classes

Our exercise classes are offered in a group format and will continue as scheduled whether or not you are able to attend a given date. We still request that you call us at (613) 544-3400 extension 3123 and let us know if you are unable to attend.

Please note that in accordance to current KHSC COVID-19 safety measures, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has been restructured. Class sizes are smaller to allow for social distancing. The dates of your exercise classes will be very specific, which will make rescheduling extremely difficult.

Appointments with the Dietitian or Social Worker

Please call our secretary at (613) 544-3400 extension 3123 if you are unable to attend your appointment(s) with the dietitian and/or social worker. We appreciate advanced notice so we can offer the time to someone else.

Services We Offer

All patients are assessed by our nurse, cardiologist and physiotherapist to determine their levels of risk. Information such as medical history and lifestyle factors are considered to help establish a plan of care for each individual.  Your medications will be reviewed and optimized as required based on the most recent scientific recommendations. 

We also offer

  • Education Sessions
  • Exercise Classes
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Psychosocial Counselling with a Registered Social Worker

If you are coming to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre, please remember to bring the following:

  • Your appointment slip which includes the time and date of your appointment
  • Your Health Card, also known as your OHIP card
  • A complete and up-to-date list of your current medications provided to you by your pharmacist, or all of the medications you are currently taking, in their original drugstore container. This includes insulin, inhalers, any prescribed creams or eye drops as well as any non-prescription medications or supplements such as herbals and vitamins

Please visit the Visitor and Family Presence page to see the latest information about visitors. This information can change frequently so please check before each visit.

If you need to check your appointment time, re-schedule your appointment or cancel your appointment time, please call us using the number on your appointment slip.

If you have lost your appointment slip, please call 613-548-2342, or our toll-free number at 1-855-851-3490.

Save time and avoid lineups with the KHSC mobile screening tool

  • If you are coming for an in-person visit, please use the mobile screening tool a maximum of four hours before your appointment to reduce lineups.
  • The mobile screening tool, available in English and French, only takes a few minutes to complete and patients will receive an email with confirmation to bring with them, along with their appointment slip, to the hospital in printed form or on their mobile device.
  • Screening staff will scan the code embedded in the email confirmation at entry and the patient will be able to go directly to their scheduled appointment.

Learn about virtual visits

Directions to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic hospital guidelines, all patients are required to enter the through the main entrance at Hotel Dieu Hospital on Brock Street. All patients are required to wear a mask to their appointments.

You will be required to go through screening upon entry to the hospital, so please allow an extra 15 to 20 minutes in advance of your scheduled appointment time.

From the front lobby, you will turn RIGHT down the Brock 1 hallway and take the first LEFT at the Eye Clinic (Mary Alice 1). Walk up the ramp and through the Eye Clinic until you reach the hallway (you will see a sign straight ahead on the wall directing you to cardiac rehab). Turn left and continue down the hallway following the signs for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre.

You can do your COVID-19 screening for your upcoming outpatient appointment online with the mobile screening tool.

  • The mobile screening tool, available in English and French, only takes a few minutes to complete and patients will receive an email with confirmation to bring with them, along with their appointment slip, to the hospital in printed form or on their mobile device.
  • Screening staff will validate the confirmation at entry and you will be able to go directly to your appointment.
  • This mobile screening must be completed a maximum of four hours before your appointment. If the screening confirmation expires, you will need to re-do the mobile screening or be screened in person (by a screener) when you arrive.
  • With the exception of caregivers for children, this mobile screening tool is for patients only and does not give family members or caregivers an option to pre-screen because we must continue to restrict family presence for outpatients at KHSC in order to maintain physical distancing.
  • To complete the mobile-screening in English, click here.
  • To compete the mobile screening in French, click here.
Referrals

All referrals must be submitted by a doctor. Please direct referrals to:

Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre
Phone: 613-544-3400 Ext. 3123 Fax: 613-544-4749

Click here to download a referral form

Patients will be screened by a multidisciplinary team to determine their suitability for the program.