Admission Information & Expectations

In order to achieve the most benefit from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre (CRC), you are asked to participate in all aspects of the program:

  • Intake: stress test and blood work to measure client’s current exercise needs. Meet with physician, nurse and physiotherapist to create personal exercise plan.
  • Exercise sessions: group classes led by health care professionals and designed to meet the needs of each person; these are held twice a week at the CRC.
  • Education classes: on topics such as nutrition, exercise, stress and medication; please see the schedule for dates and times (add link to schedule).
  • Individual counselling: private meetings with the dietitian or social worker for more information on healthy living upon request.
  • Discharge: a repeat of the stress test and blood work will be done to complete a pre and post program evaluation.


What to expect at your first exercise session:

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your first session and sign in with the receptionist.
  • A tour of the exercise equipment and change rooms will be given.
  • You will be shown how to use the equipment in the CRC.
  • The nurse will review your chart with you and ask about any changes in your medications or health.
  • After you have been sitting for at least 5 minutes, your resting heart rate and blood pressure will be taken.
  • You will recieve a personal exercise program.
  • You will participate in a group warm-up routine.
  • During the class you will rotate between different aerobic activities, i.e., walking, cycling and rowing.
  • While on the exercise machines, your heart rate, blood pressure and a measure of how hard you have exercised will be monitored often.
  • You will be shown how to stretch and cool down.
  • Before leaving, your heart rate, blood pressure and a measure of how hard you have exercised will be checked a final time.

Preparing for your regular class

  • Eat a snack or light meal before coming to class.
  • Do not have a full meal within one hour of exercise.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine 2 hours before class (coffee, tea, some soft drinks).
  • Avoid alcohol 4 hours before class.
  • If you smoke, please do not smoke at least an hour before class.
  • Clients with diabetes should follow their regular diet and medication schedule.
  • Before starting each exercise session, let the nurse know about:
    • any change in your medications
    • an upcoming visit to the doctor
    • new or increased symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, irregular heart beats or muscle or joint pain.

What to bring to regular class

  • Comfortable exercise clothes including a short-sleeved shirt, shorts or light track pants and indoor running shoes.
  • A labelled water bottle (at least 500 mL).
  • Updates on any changes in the medications you are taking.

If you are unable to attend an in-class session, please call the CRC to inform us (544-3400, extension 3123).