Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation

Programs & Units

Cardiac Rehabilitation / Champlain CVD Prevention NetworkPrevention & Wellness Centre / Quitting Smoking

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Patients are eligible to take part in Cardiac Rehabilitation programs following significant cardiac event and procedures. Three types of programs are offered:

  • Inpatient Program
    The Cardiac Rehabilitation Inpatient Program provides hospitalized patients with specialized care, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition counselling, smoking cessation guidance, discharge planning, emotional support, and speech therapy. The program is an important link in the rehabilitation continuum, offering home exercise programs and facilitating referrals to the outpatient program.
  • Outpatient Program
    After discharge from the hospital, patients are referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Program. This program assists participants in acquiring the skills needed to get back to everyday life after a cardiac event and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Community and Regional Programs
    In addition to the programs offered at the Heart Institute, there are a number of options available to residents living in the Ottawa-Carleton area and surrounding regions. Participants must have diagnosed heart disease or valve disease, and they must be referred by a physician.

 For more information, see Cardiac Rehabilitation.

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Champlain CVD Prevention Network (CCPN)

The Champlain CVD Prevention Network (CCPN) is a group of health and community partners from across the Champlain District of Ontario.

Initiated by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the CCPN provides leadership in the implementation of a five-year Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Prevention Strategy. This strategy seeks to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke and ensure that the residents of the Champlain District are the most heart healthy and stroke-free in Canada.

For more information, please visit the CCPN website.

Prevention & Wellness Centre

The Prevention & Wellness Centre is devoted to empowering patients, families, and friends with the skills and knowledge needed to prevent or manage heart disease and lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. Educational materials on a variety of topics related to heart health are provided here.

Our multimedia Education Centre, located on the second floor of the Heart Institute, is open to patients, family members, and the public. The centre maintains a library of heart health resources, including books, videos, and computer terminals. A variety of topics related to heart health can be found at the centre. Some of these are:

  • Heart disease
  • Medications
  • Tests and procedures
  • Preparing for surgery
  • Healthy living
  • Community resources


The centre also conducts regular workshops and talks that focus on various aspects of living a heart-healthy life.

More information is available at the Prevention & Wellness Centre page.

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Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation and Quit Smoking Program

Quitting smoking is the single most important habit people can change to improve their health. Cigarette smoking can be a difficult addictive behaviour to break and many smokers try to quit several times before they succeed. The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is a recognized leader in helping Canadians quit smoking.

Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of chronic disease in Canada. It exacts a high toll on the health of Canadians and places a heavy financial burden on the health care system. Many of the negative health effects of smoking can be reversed if smokers are able to successfully quit, making it the single most powerful preventive intervention in clinical practice.

The Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC), pioneered at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, is a simple, systematic, clinical smoking cessation program designed to help hospitalized smokers quit smoking and stay smoke-free. The OMSC has been implemented in more than 70 medical institutions across Canada.

For more information, please visit the OMSC website.

Quit Smoking Program
The Quit Smoking Program is available to all smokers who are interested in quitting. Our program uses a variety of proven techniques to assist people in successfully kicking the habit. The program has been designed to address three areas: physical dependence, behavioural conditioning, and the social aspects of smoking.

This individualized program is staffed by a physician and a nurse with specialized expertise in smoking cessation. Our programs are open to both patients and the public and are covered through our provincial health care plan. We offer three program formats to support individual needs.

To register for the Quit Smoking Program, please call 613-761-5464.

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