Cardiac Rehabilitation

What is Cardiac Rehab?

If you’ve had heart issues, cardiac rehab can help. It is typically used to treat people who are recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery, or other heart condition. It can involve exercise programs, diet planning, stress management, patient education, and more. The main goals are to speed up recovery and reduce the risk for future heart problems.

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Cardiac rehab can improve your overall health, lower your health risks, and help you get back to enjoying your favourite activities sooner. It lets you take advantage of the expertise of physiotherapists and other specialists to create an efficient and effective treatment plan that’s tailored just for you.

Cardiac rehab is used to help people recover from:

  • Heart attack
  • Angina
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve repair/replacement
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Angioplasty (stent)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Non-debilitating stroke
  • Renovascular disease
  • Arrhythmias

If you haven’t had a heart problem, but have multiple risk factors for heart disease, cardiac rehab can help prevent issues before they happen. That includes risk factors such as:


Cardiac rehab offers a wide range of benefits. They include:

  • Speeds up recovery
  • Strengthens the body
  • Reduces health risks
  • Live healthier and longer
  • Exercise safely
  • Lose weight
  • Get back to your former activities

Our specialists will determine what level of exercise is safe and appropriate for you. Then, they’ll create a rehab plan that’s customized to your unique needs. It can incorporate a variety of treatments including aerobic exercises that promote heart health, diet planning, stress management techniques, help for quitting smoking, education on heart health, and support for managing your heart medications.

The amount of time it takes to see results is different for every case. But you should start feeling improvements soon after beginning the rehab. Some of the changes you can watch for include chest pain relief, weight loss, reduced stress, and better mood.

Cost and Coverage

Like most of our services, our cardio rehab is covered by extended health plans. And if you’re not sure if you have coverage, give us a call and we can help. We can offer treatment at very competitive rates. You can Get in touch or schedule a consultation to learn more.

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Activa Clinics offers a number of benefits, not the least of which is our diverse team of experienced professionals. This team allows us to offer a broad range of therapies, and incorporate the best options into your custom treatment.

Our registered physiotherapists know how to determine the right exercise plan for you, and they treat all of our patients as if they were family.

Our Team Includes:

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If you’re ready to take the first step on the road to a longer life,  better health, and peace of mind, give us a call or schedule a consultation today. Activa Clinics has seven locations in Southern Ontario, including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Scarborough, or Kitchener.

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  • 1. What are the 4 phases of cardiac rehabilitation?

    There are 4 phases of cardiac rehabilitation. These are;

    1.Acute phase: It happens when the patient is from heart surgery or a heart attack. It lasts for 2-5days.

    2.Subacute phase: This happens when you leave the hospital. It lasts for 3-6 weeks. It involves close monitoring of the recovery process.

    3.Intensive outpatient rehabilitation phase: In this phase, there is more independent excise and self-monitoring.

    4.Maintenance phase: This phase continues to the remaining years of your life. You continue with the lifestyle changes that you instigated in step 3.

  • 2. How long after heart stent can you exercise?

    A stent is commonly inserted during angioplasty. A stent is a little wire mesh that keeps the artery open. After a heart stent, it is essential to lay low for a couple of weeks. This is to allow full recovery of your heart. You can ambulate in the house to avert the risk of an embolism. Consult with your cardiologist before embarking on the active and heavy exercise. As well, understand the effects of your medication on the excise response.

  • 3. What foods should heart patients avoid?

    Heart patients should be more attentive when it comes to what they consume. They should avoid;1. saturated fats which are found in fried foods, dairy creamer, and red meat,2.Salt because it increases your blood pressure, you can use no added salt, 3.Alcohol as it'slows down your heart rate, 4.Excessive intake of fluids as it increases your workload, 5.potato chips as it increases your sodium and cholesterol levels in your body.