Q: Do I have to have a stress test at Cardiovascular
Prevention and Rehabilitation if I’m having one with my Cardiologist around the
A: Yes. Our stress test is
meant to assess your physical fitness whereas your Cardiologist will perform a
diagnostic test. Our stress test results
will be sent to your specialist and primary care provider for their records. We do not recommend completing both stress
tests on the same date.
Q: How long is
A: Once weekly for 6 months
Q: Do I have
to seemy own Cardiologist before starting?
A: Our Cardiologists fully endorse participation
in Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, and would expect you to be
referred following a cardiovascular event. You may see your Cardiologist first
if you wish, but it is not necessary. They will receive health information as
you participate in the program.
Q: Will I need
any special equipment or memberships?
A: No special equipment or membership is required;
however, investing in a quality pair of running shoes may be
suggested. If you begin to experience any joint or muscle pain in your
legs with exercise, the first item to question could be your shoes – they may
be contributing to the discomfort.
Q: How much
exercise should I do before starting?
A: Refer to your discharge package instructions. If you did not receive a package, start with 5-10
minutes of light walking and gradually increase to up to 30 minutes a
day. To gauge your effort, you should be able to maintain an easy
conversation while exercising without becoming out of breath. Please refrain from lifting weights until you
are assessed in the program.
Q: I exercise
and have been an active person my whole life; why do I need to come to
Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation?
A: Our program will help to fine-tune your
exercise regime by providing you with a state-of-the-art stress test. This test
will allow you to have a personalized exercise prescription and also make sure
that you are exercising at a safe level.
If you already have an existing exercise program, you may qualify for
our Homebased Program. Speak with our
staff about this option.
have never exercised before, or I walk with a cane/walker and am not sure I can
do a walking program.
A: The Team will modify your exercise to suit
your individual needs. We are able to
complete your stress test using different treadmill tests or on a stationary
bicycle. Further adaptations could be
made on an individual basis.
Q: Can I bring my
spouse or caregiver to the sessions?
A: Bringing your spouse or caregiver provides you with an opportunity to
talk about the details of the session at home, and sharing information can
increase the learning/understanding from the rehab program. To ensure safety of all participants, please
note that the exercise portion of the program may only be completed by the
participant during class time.
Q: What happens
if I have a vacation planned, or am not able to follow the program as outlined
(such as attend once a week)?
A: Your dedicated Exercise Therapist will work with you to accommodate a
vacation or special request/need. If you
will be away for an extended period of time, you may qualify for the Home Based
program. Changes in your health status
and ability to complete the program can be discussed with your Exercise
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