Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation


Photo of Dr. Andrew Pipe with a patient on the exercise track.

Prevention and Rehabilitation provides state-of-the-art approaches to the prevention of cardiac disease: preventing patients from having additional cardiac events and helping patients return to their lives following cardiac events and procedures. We are involved in “primary” prevention (preventing the development of heart disease) and “secondary” prevention (minimizing the progression or complications of established heart disease).

Our cardiac rehabilitation programs are leading edge and ensure that those who have had a recent cardiac event or procedure are assisted in their recovery and develop new levels of fitness and health. All of our programs are headquartered in the Minto Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre on the 2nd floor of the Heart Institute.

All of our programs are informed and enhanced by our ongoing research activities which address an array of issues pertinent to the prevention of heart disease.

Prevention and Rehabilitation is also home to the Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network, a unique collaboration of organizations, institutions, and professionals drawn from the Champlain region. Our aim is to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular risk factors and disease throughout our region.

The Prevention & Wellness Centre provides education, resources and programs to our patients and their families.

The Quit Smoking Program is an internationally recognized centre devoted to the treatment of nicotine addiction and is the home of "The Ottawa Model"—a unique program for the systematic identification and treatment of smokers admitted to the hospital. The Ottawa Model has been introduced into more than 70 hospitals across Canada.

We have one of the most comprehensive teams of cardiac prevention and rehabilitation professionals in Canada, including:

  • Dietitians
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Health promotion specialists
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physicians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered nurses
  • Researchers
  • Smoking cessation counsellors
  • Social workers
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Vocational counsellor

Prevention and Rehabilitation consists of five areas: