Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Service
The regional cardiovascular rehabilitation service is offered throughout the Central East Local Health Information Network (LHIN) at hospital and community sites closer to where patients live and work. This six-month exercise and education program helps participants to get on track to a heart healthy lifestyle.
The regional service represents a partnership between the Central East LHIN, several hospitals within the LHIN, as well as municipalities and community facilities. Rouge Valley serves as the central hub, coordinating bookings and ensuring the standard of the service across the different sites.
Thanks to $1 million in funding and ongoing investment by the Central East LHIN, the regional service has expanded to 13 community and hospital-based sites in Scarborough, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Cobourg, Port Perry, Lindsay, Peterborough and Campbellford. All participants are within 30-minutes travel distance of one of these facilities. Since launching in 2012, the regional program has helped patients to reduce their risk of hospitalization and need for clinical interventions, and improve their blood pressure, level of fitness, smoking cessation and quality of life.
Who is cardiovascular rehabilitation for?
Cardiovascular rehabilitation is a supervised service that helps to improve the health of patients with a vascular disease; patients who have had a cardiac procedure; or those who are at high risk of developing a cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular rehab is for you if you have experienced a vascular event, condition, or procedure:
Heart attack or acute coronary
Pacemaker or ICD
Peripheral vascular disease
Non-debilitating stroke or TIA
Reno vascular disease
You may also be eligible if you are high risk with multiple risk factors for vascular disease, such as:
History of smoking
High blood pressure
Inactive lifestyle or obesity.
Cardiovascular rehabilitation will help you to:
Manage risk factors for vascular disease
Control your weight, lower your cholesterol, and decrease your blood pressure; and manage diabetes
Increase your fitness, endurance and energy
Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
Decrease your risk of having a vascular event
How the program works
The regional cardiovascular rehabilitation service consists of a six-month program led by expert exercise therapists, in consultation with dietitians, pharmacists, counsellors, cardiologists and cardiac diagnostics technicians, as well as volunteers and administrative support. The program includes supervised exercise plans that are individualized for each patient, along with education classes, counseling and support.
Patients can attend the program at one of eight hospital and community sites.
Our weekly exercise classes are offered in the morning, afternoon or evening to fit your schedule. Classes are approximately 90 minutes long, and include:
Mini-talks on heart-health topics, such as exercising in the heat or cold, and choosing the best training footwear;
Strength training using hand weights and resistance bands;
Aerobic exercise, including walking or biking; and
At each exercise class, we will supervise your exercise prescription, review your cardiac risk factors and monitor your progress. Our cardiovascular rehab team provides you with weekly support, encouragement and motivation for heart-healthy living.
We have multiple sites across the region so that patients can participate in cardiovascualar rehab at a location that is convenient for where they live or work. Services are standardized across all sites, with Rouge Valley Centenary serving as the central hub for booking and administration.
Rouge Valley Centenary, 2867 Ellesmere Road
Pickering Soccer Centre, 1975 Clements Road (new)
Ajax Community Centre, 75 Centennial Road
Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon Street
Oshawa Civic Complex, 99 Thornton Road South
Oshawa Legends Centre, 1661 Harmony Road North
Bowmanville Indoor Soccer Complex, 2375 Baseline Road West
Cobourg Community Centre, 750 D’Arcy Street
YMCA Northumberland, 339 Elgin Street West
Scugog Community Recreation Centre, 1655 Reach Street
Ross Memorial Hospital, 10 Angeline Street North
Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre, 775 Brealey Drive (new)
Hastings Field House, 97 Elgin Street (new)
How to join
Give us a call
For questions or to learn more about our cardiovascular rehabilitation services, please contact the regional program at (toll free) 1-855-448-5471 or at 416-281-7022.
Send in your referral
To participate in cardiovascular rehab at one of our sites, you will need a referral from your physician, which can be faxed to 416-281-7280.
Cardiac rehabilitation patient resources
We have many resources available to registered patients of the cardiovascular rehabilitation program. Visit the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Patient Resource page.