Next Steps

KEY MESSAGES

  • Enrol in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
  • Use the Heart Institute’s Heart Healthy Living Guide to help you manage your cardiac risk factors
  • If you have not contacted your family doctor, do so

CARDIAC REHABILITATION

At the Heart Institute, you have received the best available cardiac care to treat and manage your heart condition, but we have not cured your heart disease. The next steps are up to you. You can dramatically reduce your risk of future heart problems by making a few simple but important changes to your lifestyle.

We encourage all patients to enrol in some form of rehabilitation. Your Heart Healthy Living Guide has a full list of cardiac rehabilitation programs available for you.

THE HEART HEALTHY LIVING GUIDE

When you are discharged from the hospital, make sure you receive your copy of the Heart Healthy Living Guide. In the guide you will find:

  • Information about cardiac rehabilitation programs
  • Information about Heart Wise Exercise programs in your community
  • A list of important community resources to help you get on track to heart-healthy living
  • Your pocket medication record form

YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR

Your family doctor is an important partner in your overall care. Your family doctor will be sent a summary letter about your surgery and recovery along with an overview of your treatment plan.

Make an appointment to see your family doctor within the first few weeks after your discharge from the Heart Institute.

If you do not have a family doctor, ask your nurse for help on how to go about finding one.