To access this program, you need a
referral from a family physician. If you do not have a local family physician,
please browse and contact a doctor on this list of
physicians accepting new patients to discuss this program.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation program is part of our core Heart
Health services, and is offered to individuals who have had a cardiac event
(e.g. heart attack, bypass surgery, angina, angioplasty, etc.). Patients will
visit with a registered nurse and an exercise specialist who will work with
them to develop a plan for their recovery. The Wood Buffalo PCN offers a
12-week supervised exercise component as part of the rehabilitation program to
improve cardiovascular health and fitness (this typically includes structured
Cardiac Rehabilitation is considered the gold standard of
care following a significant cardiac event.
Patients also have access to the rest of the WB PCN
Interdisciplinary Clinical Team (pharmacists, nurses, registered dietitians,
mental health therapists, respiratory therapists, etc.) who can monitor their
progress and contribute supplementary care tailored to their individual needs.
If you have been hospitalized in Fort McMurray as a result
of a cardiac event, your referral will be facilitated in-hospital by the PCN
Cardiac Navigator Nurse. Other referrals must be made by a family physician. If
you have had a cardiac event in the past and would like to participate in the
WB PCN Cardiac Rehabilitation program, ask your doctor for a referral.
The Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation
If you'd like to learn more about Cardiac
Rehabilitation, and how it can benefit those recovering from heart conditions,
we recommend that you watch this video from the Mayo Clinic's Cardiovascular
Health department. Dr. Randal Thomas explains how research they conducted found
that participants of Cardiac Rehabilitation have a 45% lower mortality rate
than those who decide not to participate. Cardiac Rehabilitation is not only a
fantastic intervention in terms of prevention, but also in terms of quality of
Contact us for more information on Cardiac Rehabilitation.