Programs & Services
and Rehabilitation Centre
Centre - West Toronto
A heart-felt partnership
Judy McFarlane exercises at UTM's gym following her heart surgery. The Trillium - UTM partnership has greatly improved her quality of life.
Doctors advised Judy McFarlane to take up walking after her heart surgery. Starting an exercise program alone seemed daunting so she joined Trillium’s Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation Centre (CWRC).
CWRC staff develop exercise routines for each patient and provide education on keeping heart healthy. “With the CWRC team watching over me, I felt safe and reassured I was exercising correctly,” says Judy.
Now patients can exercise at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) state-of-the-art fitness facility. This Trillium-UTM partnership has changed Judy’s quality of life. “I never would have begun exercising on my own,” says Judy. “Both my husband and I purchased gym memberships to UTM.”
information on the CWRC, call 905.848.7580, ext. 4068.
For a UTM gym membership, call 905.828.3714.
Great-West Life gives back
Each year, hundreds of graduates of Trillium’s CWRC participate in a Walk of Life at Centennial Park. This year staff from Great-West Life Assurance Company joined in. Great-West is the new three-year local sponsor of the Walk of Life. Together, former patients and Great-West Life staff raised $50,000 for new cardiac rehabilitation equipment.
The Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation Centre (CWRC) opened in 2001 at Trillium - West Toronto . Overlooking the panoramic Etobicoke Creek the CWRC provides assessment, education, support and personalized exercise plans to patients recovering from heart attacks, angioplasty, and bypass surgery, and cares for those recently diagnosed with heart disease.
Patients and their families are provided with information and education on heart health, smoking cessation, stress management, good nutrition, managing medications, understanding diabetes and vocational counselling. An exercise routine is also developed for each patient keeping their personal health needs in mind.
The goal of this four-month program is to reduce the incidence of repeat cardiac problems and to improve patients' quality of life. During the first year after a person has suffered a cardiac arrest they are more prone to suffering a second one than at any other time. In its first year of operation, Trillium's CWRC is happy to report its patient population has reported no significant cardiac setbacks.
Family members are encouraged to participate in the educational components of the program. A spousal support program facilitated by a psychologist is also provided.
Patients are accepted into the program six to eight weeks after bypass surgery, and two to four weeks following a heart attack or angioplasty. All patients must have a referral from their cardiologist, cardiovascular surgeon or family physician.
The CWRC recently developed an exercise video for patients to use at home. Go to Exercise For Your Heart - The Beat Goes On for more information on this video.