• Victor Wu RKin MPK BSc BA

Cardiovascular Performance & Prevention

Updated: May 26, 2021

What We Do

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Canada. A previous cardiovascular incident puts you at risk for future problems and even an early death. Participation in cardiovascular performance and prevention can reduce the odds of dying from another heart attack or stroke by 50%.

Building on an educational curriculum to assist in achieving health behaviour change, the Cardiovascular Performance and Prevention Program is committed to helping you:

  • Take charge of your medical condition

  • Develop strategies to improve your risk factors for cardiovascular disease

  • Maintain an exercise program to improve your health and well being

  • Incorporate healthy food choices and practices to manage your health and well being

  • Develop strategies to manage your psychosocial risks for cardiovascular disease

The program will help you learn the skills to live and thrive with your cardiovascular condition. Through an evidence-based practice approach and combining exercise and education, we will work with you to meet your goals. We support you in making the necessary changes to improve health behaviours for long-term change.


  • Cardiac Performance & Prevention Program: a small group-based exercise and education program.

  • Cardiac Rehab @ Home: exercise coaching by phone or email for people who cannot attend our on-site program.

  • Diabetes, Exercise & Healthy Lifestyle: an education and exercise program focusing on a healthy life through diet, exercise and lifestyle, specifically for people diagnosed or at risk with diabetes.

Cardiovascular Performance & Prevention Program

The program helps people with heart disease improve their cardiac health and fitness. It also helps them reduce their chance of future cardiac incidents through lasting lifestyle and behaviour changes.

The Cardiovascular Performance & Prevention Program developed specifically to help guide you in developing positive and healthy behaviour to live and thrive with cardiovascular disease. You will learn skills to:

  • Build a foundation for a safe heart

  • Develop skills to take care of your heart

  • Prepare for life after program

The program is designed for people with:

  • Acute coronary syndrome

  • Angioplasty

  • Stable angina

  • Stable heart failure

  • Heart transplant

  • Congenital heart disease

  • Open heart surgery (including bypass and/or valve surgery)

  • Minor non-disabling stroke

  • Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)

  • Other cardiovascular conditions (such as peripheral vascular disease)

  • High risk of heart disease because of their family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes

The Cardiovascular Performance & Prevention Program of education and exercise that includes 1 session per week at LabMotus Health and Performance Clinic.

Additional Support for Lifestyle Changes

One-to-one counselling sessions with a psychologist or social worker are available for you to help deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, anger and social and emotional issues.

One-to-one counselling with a registered dietitian to assist you to deal with issues related to healthy eating for your heart.

One-to-one counselling with a registered kinesiologist to assist you facilitate behavioral changes to become more physically active.

In group education sessions, a variety of topics will be discussed including:

  • Exercise safety and guidelines for sports and leisure activities

  • Stress management

  • Medications

  • Risk factors for heart disease

  • Heart-healthy nutrition

Family members are encouraged to attend these education sessions.

Providing a Safe, Personalized Program.

You begin the program with a cardio-metabolic analysis. This measures your cardiovascular fitness. Based on your needs, goals and fitness level, we create a personalized program of exercise and education.

You attend 1 supervised exercise class a week at our LabMotus. The classes are offered during the day and evening, Monday to Friday. Each class has a warm-up and stretching routine, walking aerobics and resistance training (hand-held weights) and an interactive educational session. We also provide peer-to-peer support.

You'll be expected to carry out your own exercise program at home 4 more times a week and to keep a weekly diary to help you with your progress.

Our clinicians work closely with you to help you achieve your goals and progress your exercise throughout the program.​

How to Prepare

Your first appointment can take up to 2 hours. Please wear or bring comfortable clothes (shorts, t-shirts, button-front blouse for women).​ During this visit, you will complete a 6 Lead Electrocardiogram (ECG), body composition measurement, cardio-metabolic analysis assessment and meet with a clinician to assess your progress following your heart event. Follow-up appointments usually take about an hour to 90 minutes.

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.

What to Expect During Your Appointment

What to Expect

You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.

What to Bring

Please bring the following to your appointment.

  • List of all medications you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter, vitamins or mineral supplements and herbal remedies.

  • Medications that you need to take during the day. Please also bring any medical equipment you use.

  • Notes about any changes in your condition since your last visit.

  • A trusted friend or family member who can give you emotional support and help you.

  • A List of doctors and hospitals you’ve seen in the past who may have information about your treatment.

  • A list of questions to help you remember everything you want to ask

When You Arrive

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment. When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist.

How Long Will Your Appointment Be?

First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.

Before You Leave

At the end of your first appointment, we will give you a contact list for your healthcare team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.

After every appointment, a member of your healthcare team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.

If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.

About Phone Calls

We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.

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