Admission Information & Expectations

To attain the greatest benefit from CRC services, we request that you participate in the following:

  1. Exercise Sessions: individually prescribed exercise programs
  2. Cardiac Education Series: group sessions held on Fridays. A schedule of the topics is available at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre.
  3. Individual Counseling: private sessions with the dietitian, social worker or other team disciplines as the CRC team recommends or as you request.
  4. Discharge Process: a discharge session with the physiotherapist and a repeat of the blood work and stress testing performed at the time of your admission to the CRC.

The CRC Staff’s Expectations of CRC Participants:

Attendance:

  • regular participation in exercise and education sessions is essential to benefit from the program
    if you are unable to attend an on-site session, please call the CRC to inform us (544-3400, extension 3123)
    please be on time for all sessions, at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the exercise sessions. Note: Come 30 minutes early on your first session.

Exercise:

  • please wear comfortable exercise wear:
  • running shoes, short sleeved shirt, shorts/ light track pants
  • bring a water bottle with a sports tip to every exercise session (> 500 ml) labeled with your name
  • exercise pre-session warm-up and post-session cool down are mandatory
  • home exercise sessions at least once a week - to be recorded in your log book
  • daily walks to be recorded in your log book

Exercise Tips

  • eat a light snack or light meal prior to coming to class
  • do not have a full meal within one hour of exercise
  • avoid caffeinated beverages 2 hours before class (coffee, tea, some soft drinks)
  • avoid alcohol for 4 hours prior to class
  • individuals with diabetes should follow their regular diet and medication schedule
  • when you arrive, and before exercising, inform the nurse or physiotherapist of:
    • any change in your medications
    • an upcoming visit to the doctor (copies of info to take with you)
    • new or increased symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain or angina, irregular heart beats or muscle or joint pain
    • staff will explain the requirements to you and are ready to help you follow through