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.

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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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Riding a stationary bike, walking on a treadmill, resistance training, and working with weights are types of exercise you may do during cardiac rehabilitation. You will also likely do aerobic exercise, strength training, and flexibility exercises.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed to improve your cardiovascular health if you have experienced a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, or heart surgery. If you don’t feel well enough yet or can’t find a way to get to a rehab center, at-home or virtual care may be possible.

The acute phase of cardiac rehabilitation initially occurs soon after your cardiac event. An acute care physical therapist will work closely with your doctors, nurses, and other rehabilitation professionals to help you start to regain your mobility.