The purpose of this guide is to help you prepare for admission to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

This information is for you to read once you have been placed on the surgery waiting list.

If your condition changes, notify the regional cardiac care coordinator at the Heart Institute at 613-696-7062.

Make a detailed list of all your medications.

Do not change, stop or add any medications without first discussing it with your family physician or specialist.

Start planning now for your recovery at home.

What You Should Do While Waiting for Surgery

Waiting for surgery can be a difficult time. It is normal to worry and feel stressed. Talk to other people who have had heart surgery and share your concerns with them. Recognize if you need more help and talk to your doctor.