Educational Services


For Heart Attack and/or Angioplasty Patients

Returning home after being diagnosed with a heart attack or after having an angioplasty can be overwhelming. Knowing how to reduce risk factors to prevent future problems is important. All members of the health care team will provide education to prepare you for going home. In addition, there is a class that you and your family members are encouraged to attend before leaving the hospital. If this is not convenient, you may come back to the Heart Institute in a few days to attend one of the classes.

Class Times: Monday to Friday at 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Evening classes are offered by request.

Location: Monday to Friday in the H5 Classroom, H-5318

For Surgery Patients

All of the members of the surgical team will be involved in preparing you for your surgical procedure and your discharge home. There is also a class before your surgery and two classes after your surgery that you and your family are encouraged to attend.

Before Surgery Class Times: Sunday to Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

After Surgery Class Times: There is one class provided to prepare you for discharge; it will be with the nursing care coordinator.

Class Times with the Nursing Care Coordinator:
Monday, Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

For Patients with Heart Failure

A heart failure discharge class is offered twice a week to help you prepare for your discharge home. The class is run by a registered dietitian, a physiotherapist, and a registered nurse. After attending the class, you and/or your loved ones will be able to understand what heart failure is and the important role of nutrition and daily weight monitoring in managing heart failure.

Class Times:
Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the H5 Classroom, H-5318
Friday at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the H5 Classroom, H-5318

Class Times with Physiotherapy:
Sunday to Friday as needed at 3:00 p.m. in the H3 Classroom, H-3318, located on the 3rd floor of the Heart Institute.

Individual arrangements can be made for patients and families to accommodate language needs and special circumstances. Please speak with your physiotherapist for more information.

For Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

This class will teach you about atrial fibrillation and how to live well with it. The class will cover a variety of subjects including understanding atrial fibrillation, recognizing symptoms, medication and treatment options, and prevention of stroke and other complications.

Class Times:
Monday at 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the H5 Classroom, H-5318


During your hospital stay, a nurse from the Minto Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre will assess you for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. We recommend that all patients take part in this program. Participating in Cardiac Rehabilitation reduces your risk for future heart-related events (e.g., heart attack) and can improve your overall well-being. In the program, you will gain the skills needed to achieve and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle and get back to everyday life. The Rehabilitation Centre’s programs and services focus on physical activity, smoking cessation, stress management, and nutrition. A number of program options are available and you can choose the one that best fits your lifestyle. These programs are available to you free of charge.

For more information about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, please call 613-696-7070 or visit our website.


What Nutrition Services Are Available to Me After I Leave Hospital?

The Heart Institute offers nutrition workshops to help you make heart-healthy food choices. For more information on the workshops, visit the Heart Institute website or call 613-696-7000 ext. 19641.

Nutrition Workshops:

  • Nutrition 101 – Learn how to read food labels and get facts on fat, cholesterol, fibre, and salt.
  • Nutrition 201 – Learn about trends in nutrition including superfoods, supplements, and the Mediterranean diet.
  • Heart Failure 101 – Learn the basics of living with heart failure. Learn what to eat and how to prevent, recognize and manage heart failure symptoms.
  • Nutrition Tips for Weight Management – Learn to set realistic goals and plan meals for weight management.

For more information on the workshops, please call 613-696-7000 ext. 19641 or visit our website.


In our Prevention and Wellness Centre, you will find information and resources to help you learn about cardiovascular disease, its causes, how to prevent it and how to live with it. There are a number of programs available, including the Quit Smoking Program, Cardioprevent Program, Virtual Care Program and Heart Wise Exercise.

For more information, please visit in person in room H-2353 on the second floor, call 613-696-7000 ext. 14753 or visit our website.


The Heart Institute offers an individualized Quit Smoking Program for anyone who is interested in quitting smoking (patients, family members, and the public). In the program, the smoking cessation nurse counsellor will help you design your own treatment plan. Clinic visits with the physician or nurse are scheduled as needed.

Registration: You can register by phone at 613-696-7069 (toll-free: 1-866-399-4432) or in person at the Prevention and Wellness Centre in room H-2353 on the second floor. For more information, please visit our website.